Amazon LightSail vs Microsoft Azure

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Amazon LightSail vs Microsoft Azure: What are the differences?

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; Microsoft Azure: Integrated cloud services and infrastructure to support computing, database, analytics, mobile, and web scenarios. Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

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

According to the StackShare community, Microsoft Azure has a broader approval, being mentioned in 497 company stacks & 470 developers stacks; compared to Amazon LightSail, which is listed in 7 company stacks and 7 developer stacks.

Decisions about Amazon LightSail and Microsoft Azure
Tejas Sangoi
Founder, CEO at Thalia Technologies · | 4 upvotes · 14.5K 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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Pros of Amazon LightSail
Pros of Microsoft Azure
  • 4
    Low cost
  • 4
    Simple Deployment
  • 1
    Simple pricing scheme
  • 112
    Scales well and quite easy
  • 94
    Can use .Net or open source tools
  • 80
    Startup friendly
  • 72
    Startup plans via BizSpark
  • 61
    High performance
  • 37
    Wide choice of services
  • 32
    Low cost
  • 31
    Lots of integrations
  • 30
    Reliability
  • 18
    Twillio & Github are directly accessible
  • 12
    RESTful API
  • 9
    Startup support
  • 9
    Enterprise Grade
  • 9
    PaaS
  • 7
    In person support
  • 7
    DocumentDB
  • 6
    Service Bus
  • 6
    Free for students
  • 6
    Virtual Machines
  • 5
    It rocks
  • 5
    Redis Cache
  • 4
    CDN
  • 4
    Storage, Backup, and Recovery
  • 4
    SQL Databases
  • 4
    Infrastructure Services
  • 3
    BizSpark 60k Azure Benefit
  • 3
    Built on Node.js
  • 3
    IaaS
  • 3
    HDInsight
  • 3
    Integration
  • 3
    Preview Portal
  • 3
    Big Data
  • 3
    Scheduler
  • 2
    Active Directory
  • 2
    Web
  • 2
    SaaS
  • 2
    Big Compute
  • 2
    Mobile
  • 2
    Media
  • 2
    Dev-Test
  • 2
    Storage
  • 2
    StorSimple
  • 2
    Machine Learning
  • 2
    Stream Analytics
  • 2
    Data Factory
  • 2
    Event Hubs
  • 2
    Virtual Network
  • 2
    ExpressRoute
  • 2
    Traffic Manager
  • 2
    Media Services
  • 2
    BizTalk Services
  • 2
    Backup
  • 2
    Site Recovery
  • 2
    Multi-Factor Authentication
  • 2
    Visual Studio Online
  • 2
    Application Insights
  • 2
    Automation
  • 2
    Operational Insights
  • 2
    Key Vault
  • 2
    Infrastructure near your customers
  • 2
    Easy Deployment
  • 1
    Best cloud platfrom
  • 1
    Easy and fast to start with
  • 1
    Documentation
  • 1
    Remote Debugging
  • 1
    Open cloud
  • 1
    Enterprise customer preferences
  • 1
    Security

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      Confusing UI
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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 Microsoft Azure?

    Azure is an open and flexible cloud platform that enables you to quickly build, deploy and manage applications across a global network of Microsoft-managed datacenters. You can build applications using any language, tool or framework. And you can integrate your public cloud applications with your existing IT environment.

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