Amazon Lightsail provides a number of features designed to help make your project quickly come to life. Designed as an easy-to-use VPS, Lightsail offers you a one-stop-shop for all your cloud needs. Take a look to see how we can help you get started on a virtual private server on AWS infrastructure.
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.
As you’re creating your instance, Lightsail lets you click-to-launch a simple operating system (OS), a pre-configured application, or development stack - such as WordPress, Windows, Plesk, LAMP, Nginx, and more. Every Lightsail instance comes with a built-in firewall allowing you to allow or restrict traffic to your instances based on source IP, port and protocol.
Once your instance is running you can create custom alarms and be notified by email or text message when something is out of the ordinary.
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.
Additionally, Lightsail load balancers include integrated certificate management, providing free SSL/TLS certificates that can be provisioned and added to a load balancer in just a few clicks. You can request and manage certificates directly from the Lightsail console – and we manage renewals on your behalf.
Launch a fully configured MySQL or PostgreSQL database in minutes and leave the maintenance to Lightsail.
With Lightsail managed databases, you can easily scale your databases independently of your virtual servers, improve the availability of your applications, or run standalone databases in the cloud. You can also deploy multi-tiered applications, all within Lightsail, by creating multiple instances that are connected to a central managed database, and a load balancer that directs traffic to the instances.
Lightsail managed database plans bundle together memory, processing, storage, and transfer allowance into a single, predictable monthly price.
Lightsail offers an easy way to run containers in the cloud. With Lightsail Container Service, customers can now run containerized applications and securely access them from the internet with just a few steps.
Lightsail Containers enables customers to run docker containers on the cloud right from their developer workflows. Lightsail creates containers from the Docker images pushed by the developers, while we take care of the infrastructure management complexities.
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.
Upgrading is simple, you’ll take a snapshot of your instance and follow the step-by-step process in the Lightsail console to export your snapshot to EC2. You can then use the Upgrade to EC2 wizard to get your new EC2 instance up and running.
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.
You can manage the services in AWS using the AWS management console, while still keeping your day-to-day management in the Lightsail console. It's the best of both worlds!
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Operating system & application templates
Lightsail offers a number of preconfigured, one-click-to-launch application or developer stacks, including WordPress, Plesk, LAMP, Node.js and more. Simple operating systems are also available, including Amazon Linux, Windows Server, Ubuntu, CentOS, and more.
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