AWS offers two great solutions
Whether you’re new to the cloud or looking to get your enterprise cloud solution on the infrastructure you trust, we’ve got you covered.
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.
Use Amazon Lightsail for…
• Simple web applications
• Websites, including custom code, WordPress, and eCommerce
• Single-server business software
• Dev/Test environments
Amazon EC2 is a compute web service that offers secure, resizable compute capacity in the cloud. It is designed for scalable deployments and optimizing your workloads.
Use Amazon EC2 for…
• Enterprise applications
• HPC, Big Data, and Analytics workloads (e.g. Hadoop, Spark)
• Migrations from on-premises environments, including BYOL
• Application modernization
Compare your options
|Amazon Lightsail||Amazon EC2|
|Multiple pricing models and discount options that match your use case||✓|
|Low, predictable, and bundled monthly pricing||✓|
|Easily connects to other AWS services||✓||✓|
|Offers an all-in-one experience, including load balancers and databases||✓|
|Allows you full control and flexibility so that you can configure exactly what you need||✓|
|Makes server management easier by automatically configuring key resources like networking and security||✓|
|Instance types that are optimized for specific workloads including enterprise applications, machine learning, high-performance computing and/or graphics-intensive applications||✓|
|Offers you a simplified and efficient way to launch, deploy and manage your compute, networking, storage, and database resources on AWS||✓|
|Multiple pricing models and discount options that match your use case||Amazon EC2|
|Low, predictable, and bundled monthly pricing||Amazon Lightsail|
|Easily connects to other AWS services||Amazon Lightsail and Amazon EC2
|Offers an all-in-one experience, including load balancers and databases||Amazon Lightsail|
|Allows you full control and flexibility so that you can configure exactly what you need||Amazon EC2|
|Makes server management easier by automatically configuring key resources like networking and security||Amazon Lightsail|
|Instance types that are optimized for specific workloads including enterprise applications, machine learning, high-performance computing and/or graphics-intensive applications||Amazon EC2|
|Offers you a simplified and efficient way to launch, deploy and manage your compute, networking, storage, and database resources on AWS||Amazon Lightsail|
Learn more about our benefits
Lightsail is an an easy-to-use cloud platform that offers you everything you need to build your application or website, including compute, networking, storage, and databases.
Get started in minutes
Lightsail makes it easy to get started with an easy-to-use management console and API.
Preconfigured cloud resources & software
Lightsail offers a number of preconfigured options to get you up and running quickly, including Linux and Windows OS, and Application stacks.
Low, predictable pricing
Lightsail bundles all the resources you need in to a single, simple price.
Easily scale your idea
As your ideas grow, Lightsail can easily hand your increased traffic and heavier workloads. Plus, you can easily expand your idea by connecting to other AWS services.
Lightsail automatically configures networking, access, and security environments, taking the guesswork out of launching your server.
Get 1 month free
Get 30-days free (750 hours per month) with the AWS Free Tier when you sign up for an account.
Amazon EC2 provides web services for provisioning and managing computing capacity in the cloud.
Flexibility of choice
Broadest and deepest selection of instance types, operating systems, software packages and consumption options to run any workload at scale.
Increase or decrease capacity within minutes, not hours or days. You can commission one or thousands of instances simultaneously.
Cost-effective, high performance
EC2 offers powerful servers, including specialized instances for enterprise applications, machine learning, high-performance computing, graphics-intensive applications, and many more.
Integrated with AWS
EC2 is natively integrated with most AWS services to provide a complete, secure solution for computing, query processing, and cloud storage across a wide range of applications.
EC2 offers you the ability to fully configure your compute, storage, and networking options.
Get 12 months free
Get 750 hours per month of Linux, RHEL, or SLES t2.micro instance usage with the AWS Free Tier once you sign up.