Amazon LightSail vs Linode

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Amazon LightSail vs Linode: What are the differences?

Developers describe Amazon LightSail as "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. On the other hand, Linode is detailed as "Deploy and Manage Linux Virtual Servers in the Linode Cloud". Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.

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

PlayCanvas, eTobb, and Code School are some of the popular companies that use Linode, whereas Amazon LightSail is used by Alobees, Q:MARKETING AG, and Datafy. Linode has a broader approval, being mentioned in 130 company stacks & 38 developers stacks; compared to Amazon LightSail, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon LightSail and Linode
Tejas Sangoi
Founder, CEO at Thalia Technologies · | 4 upvotes · 16.1K 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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Pros of Amazon LightSail
Pros of Linode
  • 4
    Low cost
  • 4
    Simple Deployment
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    Simple pricing scheme
  • 102
    Extremely reliable
  • 71
    Good value
  • 59
    Easy to configure
  • 59
    Great customer support
  • 36
    Great documentation
  • 24
    Servers across the world
  • 18
    Managed/hosted DNS service
  • 15
    Simple ui
  • 11
    Network and CPU usage graphs
  • 7
    IPv6 support
  • 6
    Multiple IP address support
  • 3
    Ssh access
  • 3
    Good price, good cusomter sevice
  • 2
    IP address fail over support
  • 2
    SSH root access
  • 1
    Great performance compared to EC2 or DO
  • 1
    Best customizable VPS
  • 1
    Latest kernels
  • 1
    Cheapest
  • 1
    Ssds
  • 1
    It runs apps with speed

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Cons of Amazon LightSail
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    • 2
      No "floating IP" support

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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 Linode?

    Get a server running in minutes with your choice of Linux distro, resources, and node location.

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