On November 30th, Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced a new service called "Lightsail" which promises to deliver easy Virtual Private Servers (VPS) at predictable costs.
AWS has been the leader in on-demand computing resources for a decade. They pioneered the space, and have by far the largest footprint when it comes to both customers, available regions, and revenue, which is on track to reach $13 Billion this year, according to a report by Business Insider. In the last 5 years however, DigitalOcean has had incredible success by selling to a different market, the individual developer. Making it easier to go from idea to deployment at a low cost, without navigating the confusing AWS control panel, while at the same time having access to an extremely active community. This move by Amazon appears to be a direct attack on DigitalOcean and the success they have had making cloud servers easier for hobbyists, developers, and small businesses to launch and manage. In this post we will dig in to both services and do a comparison on the available features, billing, pricing, and advantages of one over the other. I feel like we'll probably have to talk about what constitutes "VPS vs. Cloud" as well. We'll also dig in to how choosing a simple interface and manual server management now can hurt down the road as a project or business grows and your infrastructure needs to scale.