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Features and Usability

Features not included in the VPS price in plans tested at will be marked as missing.

Amazon EC2 Amazon Lightsail
Hourly Billing  Yes Yes
DDOS Protection  No No
Backups  No No
Control Panel  Builtin custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  22 13
Number of Datacenter Continents  4 4
Monitoring Charts  Yes Yes
Admin REST API  Yes Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  No No
Mobile Friendly UI  No No
Reverse DNS  Yes No
Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards Credit cards
Hidden CPU Model  No No
Affiliate Program  No No
Firewall  Yes Yes
Shelving  Yes No

Extra Services

Those services are offered by providers independently of their cloud servers.

Amazon EC2 Amazon Lightsail
Backups  -  Instance backups or snapshots
Block storage  -  Allocate storage volumes independently of instances and attach them to instances of your choice
Object storage  -  Data storage for objects, individual files with API access
Load balancer  -  Distribute traffic across set of instances
Floating IP addresses  -  Allocate IP addresses independently of instances and attach them to instances of your choice
Team Management  -  Management of users who are authorized to handle resources in your account
Managed databases  -  Managed databases such as MySQL, Postgresql, Aurora, ...
Serverless  -  Deploy code as functions and let the provider manage where the code runs
DDoS protection  -  Distributed Denial of Service protection
Kubernetes  -  Management of Docker containers
GPU instances  -  GPU instances to run your AI workload
Private network  -  Use private IP addresses to communicate between your own instances at this provider

Datacenter Countries

The selected providers have datacenters in the following countries.

Amazon EC2 Amazon Lightsail
South Africa
South Korea
United Kingdom
United States
South Korea
United Kingdom
United States

Stengths & Weaknesses

Strengths Weaknesses
Amazon EC2
  • Numerous datacenter locations.
  • The largest catalog of cloud services you can find.
  • Not the easiest UI.
  • Storage speed throttled based on volume size.
Amazon Lightsail
  • Significantly lower prices than EC2.
  • Large choice of datacenter locations.
  • Access to a subset of AWS services.
  • Instances are throttled if you push them too hard.

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