This week, at AWS re:Invent, Amazon launched the general availability of Amazon LightSail service which will act as a gateway into AWS.
This move is seen as a competitive response to VPS providers like DigitalOcean, Linode and Bluehost, and is not something that the other major cloud providers are offering yet. The company also said that their largest competitors do not offer the simplicity that DigitalOcean and LightSail provide.
Amazon says that the platform is a new way to get started with AWS by providing the easiest way for developers to launch a VPS with just a few clicks. Amazon LightSail includes everything customers need for projects such as websites, blogs, custom applications, or development servers.
Amazon LightSail runs on the AWS Cloud, making it easy for customers to connect to the more advanced services when they are ready. Amazon LightSail is available immediately, and customers pay a monthly fee for each virtual private server, starting at $5 per month.