Like very much all other AWS services, Amazon initially made Lightsail available in some of the bigger, more popular regions, and then expanded it to others in due time.
Familiarize yourself with the concept of Regions and Availability Zones here, if you haven’t yet already.
But basically, the idea is to have the service available in multiple corners of the globe so as to allow developers the choice of where to host their apps and services. Ultimately, enabling users faster access to these services, no matter their geographical location.
Amazon practically considers Lightsail to be available worldwide. A total of 10 global regions and 30 availability zones mean that developers have no shortage of options where they want to build their projects. They can choose the area closest to themselves, or their user base.
Of course, it was not always like this.
Up until earlier this year, Lightsail was only available in the US East Region. It was the only region available since the launch of this service late in 2016. This newest expansion means that users not had access to more supported regions, but also an updated console that allowed them to create and manage resources in one or more locations, straight from the control panel.
Here is the full list of Regions and Availability Zones that are available to Amazon Lightsail users:
Amazon is sure to increase this count later down the road, as it equips more of its datacenters to handle Lightsail workloads. Most developers right now will be pleased with what they have now, and the footprint compares favorably to other competing advanced VPS services like DigitalOcean and Vultr.