Amazon Lightsail
1GB 1core, Dec 03 2016

Amazon Lightsail

Outage: This VPS stayed unavailable for 150 minutes during the trial.

CPU steal climbed to 80% (throttled)


We have run a full suite of performance tests on the 1GB 1core VPS plan of Amazon Lightsail.

On this page, you'll find:

  • Price and specifications for the 1GB 1core plan.
  • The grades that summarize its performance in 5 categories based on the tests results.
  • Links to the detailed test results that can be compared to other providers and other plans.


Provider Plan Price per month Hourly billing Num CPU cores Disk space (GB) Memory (GB)
Amazon Lightsail 1GB 1core $5.00 Yes 1 40 1.0

Datacenter CPU type OS Data transfer (GB) Kernel Ruby Rails Virtualization
us-east-1b Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS 2000 4.4.0 2.3.3 4.2.7.1 Xen

Test Results

  • Sysbench tests are run once at the end of each trial. They push the VPS to its limits but for a few minutes only.
  • Remote timings are collected continuously from 4 different continents.
  • The Web performance test lasts for the whole duration of the trial (several days) and reports the response time and system metrics of a popular website running a Ruby on Rails application backed by a Postgres database.
  • Endurance performance tests push the VPS CPU to its limits for several hours straight and will reveal the raw power of the VPS as well as its stability over time.
  • Network Transfers measure download and upload speed between the VPS and servers located nearby.

Web Performance


Web performance is measured locally on the VPS and includes Rails app response times as well as system metrics.

Review and compare Amazon Lightsail - 1GB 1core web performance with other cloud providers.


Sysbench Performance


We ran Sysbench tests on this VPS, including CPU tests, random and sequential, read and write IO tests and memory tests.

Review and compare all Sysbench numbers for the Amazon Lightsail - 1GB 1core VPS plan.

Related Article


Amazon Lightsail 1GB is no match for $10 VPS from Linode, DO, Vultr... Dec 06 2016

TLDR: Amazon Lightsail 1GB will melt down with less than 15% sustained cpu usage

Amazon Lightsail launched to much fanfare last week, threatening the business of competitors like DigitalOcean, Linode, OVH, Atlantic.net and many others who have long offered simple, cheap, all-included price VPS servers.

At VpsBenchmarks, we specialize in testing this type of VPS so we wasted no time firing up an instance of the 1GB 1 core $10 flavor of Lightsail. I setup our web app on this VPS, pointed traffic at it and also ran Sysbench tests.

That didn't go well.

It took only 2 hours after setup and an average 25% cpu usage for the cpu steal to start climbing, just a few percentage points at first, but more than...

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