We are excited to announce the availability of Micro (t1.micro) instances in Amazon Virtual Private Cloud (Amazon VPC). Amazon VPC lets you provision a private, isolated section of the Amazon Web Services (AWS) Cloud where you can launch AWS resources in a virtual network that you define.
Starting today, you can now choose to launch Micro instances within your own VPC. Also available today, the AWS Free Usage Tier extends to Micro instances running in Amazon VPC. For more information about the AWS Free Usage Tier, please visit the AWS Free Usage Tier page.
Micro instances provide a small amount of consistent CPU resources and allow you to increase CPU capacity in short bursts when additional cycles are available. They are well suited for lower throughput applications and web sites that require additional compute cycles periodically. You can learn more about how you can use Micro instances and appropriate applications in the Amazon EC2 documentation.