For whom is Amazon Lightsail designed for?


Developers! While the AWS cloud proper is about as good as it can get for enterprises and users designing large cloud workloads, Amazon Lightsail has been designed with a bare minimum feature set.

For users that don’t have the need for all the shine and complication of the AWS cloud.

We already familiarized ourselves with the type of users that Amazon was targeting when it launched the Lightsail service. Now, let’s take a look at what kind of people and businesses make the ideal users of this latest addition to the AWS family.

Independent developers

It may not seem like that, but independent developers have really taken to the concept of cloud, in some instances even more than large enterprises. These talented individuals are making full use of the power and flexibility that a connected machine offers on the Internet, and have designed and developed some really powerful and impressive projects.

Many of which transition from simple ideas to highly marketable, commercial products.

And then there are web developers, too. Those that have been fed up by the issues they continued to experience by less than stellar hosting and VPS providers. Large, dynamic websites are very resource intensive, and while hosting them directly on the cloud is always on the cards, most web developers would opt for a simpler, and more affordable option.

Like Lightsail.

This was one side of the market that Amazon completely missed the mark on. And it allowed companies like DigitalOcean and friends to gather momentum, get small and independent developers on their side, and build up multimillion dollar businesses — while Amazon went after the big fish in the ocean.

That all changed when Amazon launched Lightsail late in 2016.

Amazon Lightsail users

Amazon Lightsail offers independent developers all the power they need to design and develop their online and connected applications. It is an ideal service for a project, a blog or website, a small business that wants to put simple workloads on the cloud, or even an experiment.

It is great for developers that want to make something and show it to people, spending as little time and money as possible to bring their ideas to life. By the same token, Lightsail is also excellent for users that want to dip into the world of web development, and want to learn the ins and outs of the cloud, before actually singing up for it.

Lightsail is also the perfect choice for users that want to run multiple applications. A good use case is running one application on one server, and linking it up all together, affordably and without much complication.

Often, when a project gets popular enough, developers make the migration to AWS proper, and set up their cloud workloads. But until then, a service like Amazon Lightsail is ideal for these user, as it allows them to keep their resources and spending in check via a simple monthly bill that they already have a complete idea of.

For more about Lightsail go here