AWS announced Amazon Lightsail, a new way to get started with AWS quickly and simply with just a few clicks. The new tool allows the creation of powerful virtual private servers (VPS) that add storage and networking with simple monthly prices. Amazon Lightsail includes everything customers need for projects such as websites, blogs, custom applications, or development servers.

Lightsail currently supports 5 Linux or Unix-like distributions: Amazon Linux, Debian, FreeBSD, OpenSUSE, and Ubuntu, as well as 2 Windows Server versions: 2012 R2 and 2016.

There are three clicks: first, developers choose a virtual private server image from a menu of more than 10 options including Linux, WordPress, Drupal, and others, and then select one of five server sizes. Amazon Lightsail automatically launches VPS, attaches SSD-based storage, configures security groups, creates a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), and then makes it simple for developers to configure DNS and IP addresses. Customers can use pre-configured operating system models or pre-installed popular application configurations. Amazon Lightsail runs on the AWS cloud, making it easier for customers to connect to the more advanced services when they are ready. Customers pay a simple monthly fee for each virtual private server starting at just $ 5.

Lightsail plan is a bundle, which includes a virtual server with a fixed amount of memory , SSD-based storage, and a free data transfer allowance. It also offers 5 static IP addresses per account and 3 domain zones per account to manage DNS. Lightsail plans are charged only when you use them on an hourly on-demand basis.

For connecting your Lightsail instances to Amazon VPC resources your AWS account privately, you can use VPC peering. All you need to do is choose enable VPC peering on your Lightsail account page, and it will work for you. Once VPC peering is enabled, you can connect to the other AWS resources in your default Amazon VPC by using their private IPs.

Lightsail offer API support. Whatever you do in the Lightsail console is backed by a publicly available API. You can even control the traffic for your instances by using the Lightsail firewall. From the console, you can set rules about whichever port of your instance you want to be publicly accessible for different types of traffic.

In order to back up your data, you can use the Lightsail console or API for taking a snapshot of your instance. If anything goes wrong with the instance or deployed bad code, you can use your instance snapshot later to create a new instance. It‘s recommended to stop the instance while taking the snapshot, to ensure that the data lying on the instance is backed up completely without any . Lightsail is a simplified product created by Amazon for people who just want an easy way to set up a preconfigured virtual server.

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