Amazon Lightsail is a virtual private server (VPN) service by one of the largest companies on the planet. Amazon started as a small provider of warehouse goods and has grown into a behemoth of a company. Its CEO, Jeff Bezos, is among the top five richest people in the world. This Amazon service, among many others, offers uncommon convenience that has only been made possible by the last few years' technological advances.
- Cloud-based VPN servers
- Management interface directly on Amazon's web site
- Varying storage and data transfer solutions
- One month free trial available at aws.amazon.com/lightsail
- Cheaper data transfer rates for those in the Asian Pacific region (Mumbai and Sydney)
- Servers are available around the world, allowing fast speeds and constant up-time
- Amazon is an enormous company, and as such, customer support can take a while
- Smaller or local server providers may be able to provide better prices, depending on needs
Amazon is a household name by now, and their sheer size allows them to offer a variety of goods and services at economy prices. Their Lightsail service is no exception, as it's an affordable VPN provider that is specifically aimed at students, start-ups and small businesses. Thanks to modern networking and improvements to the data "cloud," getting a virtual private server is now astonishingly easy, and Lightsail may be the easiest of them all. There's a wide variety of packages to choose from, whether one needs a tiny, one-core, 20 gigabyte pea shooter or a fancy, two-core, 80 gigabyte bazooka. Lightsail also has a block-storage solution for those who don't need to make a 20 to 40 gigabyte jump and just need a dime's worth of extra space instead. Any of these options can be bought and set up in a matter of seconds, making Lightsail both simple and affordable. It therefore has a lot of appeal to super-small firms and lone wolf companies who are just trying something new and don't want to buy the farm. It's a low-risk, no hassle server solution that can satisfy just about any web-based application.