With the release of AWS Lightsail, Amazon Web Services steps into the market of easy-to-use and quick-to-provision VPS servers. Currently offering both Ubuntu 16.04 and Amazon Linux AMI images, as well as Bitnami-powered application stacks, Lightsail allows users to spin up a server without any of the additional (and sometimes excess) services normally included in AWS.
Instance Tiers and Costs
As of launch, AWS offers five instance plans:
|512MB RAM||1 GB RAM||2GB RAM||4GB RAM||8GB RAM|
|1 vCPU||1 vCPU||1 vCPU||2 vCPUs||2 vCPUs|
|20GB SSD||30GB SSD||40GB SSD||60GB SSD||80GB SSD|
|1TB Data Transfer||2TB Data Transfer||3TB Data Transfer||4TB Data Transfer||5TB Data Transfer|
Currently, the $5 a month plan is offered free for up to one month, or 750 hours. Additional costs include snapshot (backups) storage and data transfer overage charges; Lightsail technical support starts at $30/month.