I am looking to using Amazon Web Services to host my website. I use ASP.NET and MySQL. What are the basic items that I need to have? For example; if I buy a EC2 OnDemand Small instance it costs $91, if I add 1 elastic IP (does that correspond to the static IP that I need to point my DNS record?) and 100GB transfer it becomes $100.
Now I think I can install a Windows 2008 Core server on this, and put everything inside, does that mean I will have a VPS-like server to install IIS and MySQL and configure then? Is it different from any VPS (by the means of administering) or same from that moment on? Of course my computing will be shared between OS + ASP.NET + MySQL, right?
OR in addition to above, can I buy a RDS (for 1m hits 87$ e.g.) with MySQL support so that my server will not need a MySQL installation? Am I thinking correct?