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Here is all you need to know about Lightsail, Amazon’s $5 virtual private server

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Amazon Web Service’s recent re:Invent event saw the company come up with some pretty interesting/innovative services. From image recognition to voice processing to data carting trucks, Amazon has really unloaded one big pile of goodies for its AWS clients. Along with keeping existing customers happy, the company also wants to grow quickly and along the same, has launched Lightsail.

The company is now offering Virtual Private Servers starting at $5. If you remember, VPS was a very important part of how Digital Ocean made its fortune and how it managed to lure customers away from AWS offerings.

In case you are unaware of it, A virtual private server (VPS) is a virtual machine that is sold as a service by an Internet provider. It allows users to run their own own copy of operating system on the cloud, allowing them to develop, collaborate and do a lot of other productive stuff.

According to Amazon, Lighsail is most suitable for projects that require a few virtual private servers and developers looking for a no-nonsense, simple management interface.

Common use cases for Lightsail include running websites, web applications, blogs, e-commerce sites, and more.

Interestingly, this makes Amazon the only major cloud player that has VPS on the table. Neither Microsoft Azure nor Google offer VPS services at present. Meanwhile, AWS plans range from $5 all the way up to $80, with several plans in between. The $5 a month plan offers 512 MB of Memory, 1 Core Processor, 20 GB SSD Disk and 1 TB Transfer. Some of the company’s other plans include:

$10 a month

  • 1 GB Memory
  • 1 Core Processor
  • 30 GB SSD Disk
  • 2 TB Transfer

$80 a month

  • 8 GB Memory
  • 2 Core Processor
  • 80 GB SSD Disk
  • 5 TB Transfer

With plenty of other tiers including $20 and $40 in between, all Lightsail subscriptions come with Static IP address, SSH terminal access, DNS management, Intuitive management console, SSH key management, Server monitoring and Access to AWS services. Amazon is also offering a free one month trial for Lightsail.

You can subscribe to Lightsail by logging into your AWS account or creating a new one.

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