I've actually tried to get quotes for lowest-possible priced VPS and colocated servers. You're not going to get anything reliable enough for less than $200 a month.
> Look, I'm not saying that AWS is horrible and should be avoided. I'm just disputing the "put it in the cloud and save tons of money" mantra. Sometimes it will save you money, sometimes it will cost you money.
It almost always "save your money" now...
It's scary how much of a typical corporate datacenter Amazon can replace. They have storage, computing, archival storage, etc.
> at this point we are back to the higher, standard pricing.
Unless you need it for a couple of hours to handle peak loads or to run a large computation.