Amazon Lightsail is a service that provides virtual private offerings/services, which offer a variety of templates to choose from. It is also known as a virtual machine or a virtual private server, which basically offers all characteristics of a server/computing machine (SSD-based storage, data transfer, DNS management, and a static IP etc.) but can’t be physically seen.
The template here refers to a wide variety of basic structures which ranges from bare-bones OS (such as Amazon Linux, Ubuntu, Windows, Cent OS, Debian etc.) to an operating system that comes with pre-equipped applications ( WordPress, Node.js , Mern, Joomla, Django etc. ) which are ready to be used with just a click of a button.
The cloud service, Lightsail, provides facilities that include required infrastructure, cost-effective nature of maintaining and managing the application, scalability and easy-to-setup options. In simple words, it can be visualized as the simpler or scaled down version of Amazon Elastic Compute. EC2 requires fine-tuning and manual application management where Lightsail handles those automatically. When an instance of a Lightsail is created, it doesn’t need to be maintained by servers like other applications. It is easy to set up an instance and operate it, which means developers, AWS enthusiasts, and smaller teams can easily concentrate on bringing their ideas into life instead of worrying about minor technicalities or how to go about implementing a specific feature.
When the amount of traffic to your application increases, it can be scaled-up and redundant data can be incorporated into the database with the help of load balancers. Load balancers, as the name suggests, distributes the incoming requests to multiple instances of Lightsail, making it available in many Availability Zones. The instances can be removed or added as and when required, without disturbing the all-round flow of the service.
Most highlighted benefits of Lightsail are,
Simplified UI: It runs through pre-installed software. There will be less confusion for users who are using it for the first time.
Familiarity: Developers and companies who use Amazon Lightsail for web hosting and application development will find it more alluring.
Affordability: The subscription is free for the first 3 months for new users and is $5/month for the cheapest tier.
Ecosystem: Benefits from the massive AWS ecosystem.
Reliability: The need for replacement is rare as the services run through Amazon infrastructure and data centers.