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Amazon LightSail vs DigitalOcean: What are the differences?

What is Amazon LightSail? Simple Virtual Private Servers on AWS. Everything you need to jumpstart your project on AWS—compute, storage, and networking—for a low, predictable price. Launch a virtual private server with just a few clicks.

What is DigitalOcean? Deploy an SSD cloud server in less than 55 seconds with a dedicated IP and root access. We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.

Amazon LightSail and DigitalOcean can be primarily classified as "Cloud Hosting" tools.

According to the StackShare community, DigitalOcean has a broader approval, being mentioned in 943 company stacks & 686 developers stacks; compared to Amazon LightSail, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon LightSail and DigitalOcean
Tejas Sangoi
Founder, CEO at Thalia Technologies · | 4 upvotes · 27.5K views

Our company builds micro saas applications. Based on the application we decide whether to deploy it over one of our shared servers or on a dedicated server.

We decided to Lightsail over EC2.

  1. Lightsail is a lightweight, simplified product offering that has a dramatically simplified console. The instances run in a special VPC, but this aspect is also provisioned automatically, and invisible in the console.

  2. Lightsail supports optionally peering this hidden VPC with your default VPC in the same AWS region, allowing Lightsail instances to access services like EC2 and RDS in the default VPC within the same AWS account.

  3. Bandwidth is unlimited, but of course free bandwidth is not -- however, Lightsail instances do include a significant monthly bandwidth allowance before any bandwidth-related charges apply.

  4. It has predictable pricing with no surprises at the end.

  5. The flexibility of EC2 leads inevitably to complexity. Whereas for Lighsail there is virtually no learning curve, here. You don't even technically need to know how to use SSH with a private key -- the Lightsail console even has a built-in SSH client -- but there is no requirement that you use it. You can access these instances normally, with a standard SSH client.

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Chose Hetnzer over DigitalOcean and Linode because Hetzner provides much cheaper VPS with much better specs. DigitalOcean might seems like a good choice at first because of how popular it is. But in reality, if all you need is a simple VPS, you won't benefit much from the their oversubscribed datacenters which often underperform other competitors. Linode is also a good choice. They have cheaper options and performs slightly better than DigitalOcean. In the end, choosing a more affordable host helps you save money. That's important when you're running a tight ship.

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Peter Schmalfeldt
Senior Software Engineer · | 3 upvotes · 47.7K views

While Media Temple is more expensive than DigitalOcean, sometimes it is like comparing apples and oranges. DigitalOcean provides what is called Virtual Private Servers ( VPS ). While you seem to be on your own dedicated server, you are, in fact, sharing the same hardware with others.

If you need to be on your own dedicated server, or have other hardware requirements, you do not really have as many options with DigitalOcean. But with Media Temple, the skies the limit ( but so is potentially the cost ).

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DigitalOcean was where I began; its USD5/month is extremely competitive and the overall experience as highly user-friendly.

However, their offerings were lacking and integrating with other resources I had on AWS was getting more costly (due to transfer costs on AWS). Eventually I moved the entire project off DO's Droplets and onto AWS's EC2.

One may initially find the cost (w/o free tier) and interface of AWS daunting however with good planning you can achieve highly cost-efficient systems with savings plans, spot instances, etcetera.

Do not dive into AWS head-first! Seriously, don't. Stand back and read pricing documentation thoroughly. You can, not to the fault of AWS, easily go way overbudget. Your first action upon getting your AWS account should be to set up billing alarms for estimated and current bill totals.

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Pros of Amazon LightSail
Pros of DigitalOcean
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    Low cost
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    Simple Deployment
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    Simple pricing scheme
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    Great value for money
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    Simple dashboard
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    Good pricing
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    Ssds
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    Nice ui
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    Easy configuration
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    Great documentation
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    Ssh access
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    Great community
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    Ubuntu
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    Docker
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    IPv6 support
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    Private networking
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    99.99% uptime SLA
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    Simple API
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    Great tutorials
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    55 Second Provisioning
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    One Click Applications
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    Dokku
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    Node.js
  • 4
    Debian
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    CoreOS
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    LAMP
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    LEMP
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    Ghost
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    Simple Control Panel
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    Word Press
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    1Gb/sec Servers
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    Quick and no nonsense service
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    Speed
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    Mean
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    Hex Core machines with dedicated ECC Ram and RAID SSD s
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    Django
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    Runs CoreOS
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    Good Tutorials
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    GitLab
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    Ruby on Rails
  • 1
    CentOS
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    Spaces
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    KVM Virtualization
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    Amazing Hardware
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    Transfer Globally
  • 1
    Fedora
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    FreeBSD
  • 1
    Drupal
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    FreeBSD Amp
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    Magento
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    ownCloud
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    RedMine
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    My go to server provider
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    Ease and simplicity
  • 1
    Nice
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    Find it superfitting with my requirements (SSD, ssh.
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    Easy Setup
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    Cheap
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    Static IP
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    It's the easiest to get started for small projects
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    Automatic Backup
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    Great support
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    Quick and easy to set up
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    Servers on demand - literally
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    Reliability
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    Variety of services
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    Managed Kubernetes

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Cons of Amazon LightSail
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      Pricing
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      No live support chat

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    What is Amazon LightSail?

    Everything you need to jumpstart your project on AWS—compute, storage, and networking—for a low, predictable price. Launch a virtual private server with just a few clicks.

    What is DigitalOcean?

    We take the complexities out of cloud hosting by offering blazing fast, on-demand SSD cloud servers, straightforward pricing, a simple API, and an easy-to-use control panel.

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