Amazon LightSail is designed to be the easiest way to launch and manage a virtual private server with AWS. Lightsail plans include everything you need to jumpstart your project – a virtual machine, SSD-based storage, data transfer, DNS management, and a static IP – for a low, predictable price.
Amazon Lightsail is a cloud platform that’s cost-effective, fast, & reliable with an easy-to-use interface. It’s ideal for simpler workloads, quick deployments, and getting started on AWS.
Amazon Lightsail is a VPS (Virtual Private Server) service which gives you templates to choose from, you can either choose a Plain OS or an OS with a pre-baked application, ready to be used with a click of a button.
AWS designed the Lightsail service to make it simpler to understand and purchase rudimentary compute capacity. AWS also manages the infrastructure, which shares the same uptime and global regions and availability zones as EC2, and makes it available with a few mouse clicks.
Amazon Lightsail launches virtual private servers, which are VMs with individual operating systems but restricted access to physical server resources.
Amazon Lightsail’s five plans as well as its pricing model closely mirror that of DigitalOcean, which has many to speculate that Amazon designed it to compete with the cloud infrastructure provider.
All Lightsail plans include a static IP address, a management console, secure shell terminal access and key management, domain name server management, and server monitoring. Lightsail customers also have access to AWS tools.
Lightsail offers a variety of operating systems, applications and stacks so a customer can build a template. A developer uses the Lightsail command-line interface as an alternative to the console. Lightsail also provides a reference for application programming interfaces and documentation.
Use Amazon Lightsail for…
- Simple web applications
- Websites, including custom code, WordPress, and eCommerce
- Single-server business software
- Dev/Test environments
Features of AWS Lightsail:
1) Amazon LightSail virtual servers:
Lightsail offers virtual servers (instances) that are easy to set up and backed by the power and reliability of AWS. You can launch your website, web application, or project in minutes, and manage your instance from the intuitive Lightsail console or API.
2) Simplified load balancing:
Lightsail’s simplified load balancing routes web traffic across your instances so that your websites and applications can accommodate variations in traffic, be better protected from outages, and deliver a seamless experience to your visitors
3) Managed databases:
Launch a fully configured MySQL or PostgreSQL database in minutes and leave the maintenance to Lightsail.
4) Upgrade to EC2:
As your cloud ideas expand, you can easily move to EC2 with a simple, guided experience. With this feature, Lightsail offers you the comfort of knowing that as you grow your website or application we can help you scale in a way that fits your needs.
5) Access to AWS services:
Amazon Lightsail uses a focused set of features like instances, managed databases and load balancers to make it easier to get started. But that doesn’t mean you’re limited to those options –you can integrate your Lightsail project with some of the 90+ other services in AWS through Amazon VPC peering.