Amazon Lightsail VPS Review

Lightsail

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Amazon Lightsail was founded in 2016.
It is headquartered in the USA.
It offers VPS hosting products.

It has datacenters in:
  • Australia
  • Canada
  • France
  • Germany
  • India
  • Ireland
  • Japan
  • Singapore
  • South Korea
  • United Kingdom
  • United States

Best VPS Awards

2nd Best VPS May 2019

This provider is related to Amazon EC2

EC2 is the full featured cloud offering from Amazon


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Amazon Lightsail VPS Features

Features not included in the VPS price are marked as missing below.

Feature Value Comment
Hourly Billing  Yes
DDOS Protection  No

No DDoS protection by default.
DDoS protection available from AWS shield: https://aws.amazon.com/shield/

Backups  No

Snapshots are available for a fee:
"Lightsail snapshots cost $0.05/GB-month. That means if you take a snapshot of your 30 GB SSD instance and keep it for a month, you pay $1.50 at the end of the month. "

Control Panel  custom
SSH Keys Setup  Yes
Total Number of Datacenters  13
Number of Datacenter Continents  4
Monitoring Charts  Yes

CPU usage, CPU burst capacity.

Admin REST API  Yes
Upgrade VPS from admin console  No
Mobile Friendly UI  No
Reverse DNS  No

No visible option to set the reverse DNS, even for a static IP.

Accepted Forms of Payment  Credit cards
Hidden CPU Model  No
Affiliate Program  No
Firewall  Yes

Under networking.
SSH and HTTP are open by default. HTTPS is closed.

Shelving  No
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Pros and Cons

Strengths

  • Significantly lower prices than EC2.
  • Large choice of datacenter locations.
  • Access to a subset of AWS services.

Weaknesses

  • Instances are throttled if you push them too hard.

Amazon Lightsail Extra Services

In addition to features included in VPS plans, Amazon Lightsail also offers the following services (possibly for a fee):

Backups   Block storage   Object storage Load balancer   Floating IP addresses
Team Management Managed databases   Serverless DDoS protection Kubernetes
GPU instances Private network

VPS Instance Provisioning Time

For each Amazon Lightsail VPS trial, we measured how long it took to provision the server from the moment it was ordered to the moment it accepted SSH connections.

See also VPS provisioning times for all providers.

Average Provisioning Time Min Provisioning Time Max Provisioning Time Number of VPS Samples
56s 40s 90s 6

Admin UI Screenshots


Cloud Storage Prices

For a comparison of storage features and prices from all providers, please check the Cloud Storage Prices page.

Storage Type Price / GB / month Restriction Description
Snapshots $0.050 https://aws.amazon.com/lightsail/faq/#Billing_and_account_management
Block $0.100 https://aws.amazon.com/lightsail/faq/#Lightsail_block_storage

Amazon Lightsail Plans

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Plan Specifications

URL https://aws.amazon.com/lightsail/pricing/
Price per month $5.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 40
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 1.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB 2000
Burstable CPU Per core CPU allocation: 10%
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 25

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D F D F E
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2021 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Amazon Lightsail - 1GB 1core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
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Performance trials run on the 1GB 1core plan

This plan was tested 9 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 1GB 1core plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Jul 12 2021 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz Virginia, USA E
Jul 19 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz Virginia, USA D
Dec 26 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1a D
Mar 22 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1a E
Sep 06 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1a D
Apr 19 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1a D
Jul 30 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2697 v4 @ 2.30GHz us-east-2a D
Jul 23 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-2a
Dec 03 2016 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1b

Plan Specifications

URL https://aws.amazon.com/lightsail/pricing/
Price per month $10.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 60
Num Cores 1
Memory GB 2.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB 3000
Burstable CPU Per core CPU allocation: 25%
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 33

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
D F C E D
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Note: A low grade on a low price VPS does not necessarily mean the VPS is underperforming, the server may still perform better than other servers at the same price. Use the Price Weighted Grades or the Best VPS 2021 rankings to find the best VPS in each price range.


Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Amazon Lightsail - 2GB 1core. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the 2GB 1core plan

This plan was tested 7 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 2GB 1core plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Dec 23 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Virginia, USA E
Apr 04 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Virginia, USA D
Oct 22 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz us-east-1a D
Jan 20 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1a D
Jun 28 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Virginia, USA C
Oct 21 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1a C
Jan 29 2017 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1b

Plan Specifications

URL https://aws.amazon.com/lightsail/pricing/
Price per month $20.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 80
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 4.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB 4000
Burstable CPU Per core CPU allocation: 20%
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 39

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
C E C F C
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Amazon Lightsail - 4GB 2cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the 4GB 2cores plan

This plan was tested 5 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 4GB 2cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Mar 21 2021 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Oregon, USA D
May 16 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Virginia, USA D
Aug 07 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Virginia, USA C
Nov 05 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1 C
Jun 07 2018 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz us-east-1a C

Plan Specifications

URL https://aws.amazon.com/lightsail/pricing/
Price per month $40.00
Discount or Surcharge for
long or short term use
No
Disk GB 160
Num Cores 2
Memory GB 8.0
Hourly Billing Yes
Virtualization Xen
Data Transfer GB 5000
Burstable CPU Per core CPU allocation: 70%
Dedicated CPU No

Plan Grades

Grades are calculated by combining results from web, sysbench, endurance and remote timing tests. Grade A is best, grade F is worst.

Follow the letter links to find the test results backing the grade.

More details about grades calculation

Overall Score: 45

Web Performance Raw CPU Power Performance Stability Disk IO Performance Network Performance
B E C E C
Show Price Weighted Grades   

Performance Test Results

We conducted 4 different types of tests during the latest trial for Amazon Lightsail - 8GB 2cores. Review the results and compare this plan to its competitors.

Web Runs Network Transfers Sysbench Endurance
Review Review Review Review
Compare Compare Compare Compare

Performance trials run on the 8GB 2cores plan

This plan was tested 3 times at vpsbenchmarks.com. The table below shows all trials run on the 8GB 2cores plan with its grade and CPU type.

Start of Trial CPU Datacenter Overall Grade
Oct 04 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Virginia, USA D
Feb 13 2020 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz Virginia, USA C
May 19 2019 Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2686 v4 @ 2.30GHz us-east-1a C

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