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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Lightsail

Amazon Lightsail is great for beginners who just want a cheap VPS to experiment on things. It's particularly great if you're at a hack-a-thon and looking for a fast way to prototype a throw away project. I would never recommend Lightsail to any production applications. Lightsail has been unreliable in terms of uptime. Sometimes, the instance just randomly crashes or reboots. Amazon will perform maintenance on your Lightsail instance without warning. Networking on Lightsail is also not great - there is also no IPv6 support.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 is a great service to safely backup your data where redundancy is guaranteed and the cost is fair. We use Amazon S3 for data that we backup and hope we never need to access but in the case of a catastrophic or even small slip of the finger with the delete command we know our data and our client's data is safely backed up by Amazon S3.Transferring data into Amazon S3 is free but transferring data out has an associated, albeit low, cost per GB. This needs to be kept in mind if you plan on transferring out a lot of data frequently. There may be other cost effective options although Amazon S3 prices are really low per GB. Transferring 150TB would cost approximately $50 per month.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Lightsail
7.4
Amazon S3
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Lightsail
5.4
Amazon S3
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Lightsail
9.0
Amazon S3
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Lightsail
7.0
Amazon S3
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Lightsail
8.5
Amazon S3
Monitoring tools
Amazon Lightsail
4.5
Amazon S3
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Lightsail
8.0
Amazon S3
Operating system support
Amazon Lightsail
9.0
Amazon S3
Security controls
Amazon Lightsail
7.4
Amazon S3
Automation
Amazon Lightsail
8.0
Amazon S3

Pros

Amazon Lightsail

  • Value instances packages
  • Better organized UI
  • Easy billing resulting in higher efficiency
  • Cheaper than competition
  • Better support staff
  • Can adjust for any bills you may have incurred by accident
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon S3

  • Fantastic developer API, including AWS command line and library utilities.
  • Strong integration with the AWS ecosystem, especially with regards to access permissions.
  • It's astoundingly stable- you can trust it'll stay online and available for anywhere in the world.
  • Its static website hosting feature is a hidden gem-- it provides perhaps the cheapest, most stable, most high-performing static web hosting available in PaaS.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Lightsail

  • slow
  • complex integration to AWS Cloudwatch - complex setup required
  • No IPv6, a big downside
  • less value compared with Linode or Digital Ocean
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon S3

  • Web console can be very confusing and challenging to use, especially for new users
  • Bucket policies are very flexible, but the composability of the security rules can be very confusing to get right, often leading to security rules in use on buckets other than what you believe they are
Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer

Usability

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 7.7
Based on 10 answers
It is tricky to get it all set up correctly with policies and getting the IAM settings right. There is also a lot of lifecycle config you can do in terms of moving data to cold/glacier storage. It is also not to be confused with being a OneDrive or SharePoint replacement, they each have their own place in our environment, and S3 is used more by the IT team and accessed by our PHP applications. It is not necessarily used by an average everyday user for storing their pictures or documents, etc.
Sam Othman | TrustRadius Reviewer

Support Rating

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
No answers on this topic

Amazon S3

Amazon S3 9.4
Based on 25 answers
AWS has always been quick to resolve any support ticket raised. S3 is no exception. We have only ever used it once to get a clarification regarding the costs involved when data is transferred between S3 and other AWS services or the public internet. We got a response from AWS support team within a day.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Alternatives Considered

Amazon Lightsail

Amazon Lightsail is a great platform. Before we started using it, we were using AWS EC2 instances as our primary servers after being dissatisfied with other providers. After Amazon Lightsail's introduction, we were able to reduce our operating costs, improve our quality assurance tasks, and provide much more efficient and better apps with our microservices architecture.
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon S3

Overall, we found that Amazon S3 provided a lot of backend features Google Cloud Storage (GCS) simply couldn't compare to. GCS was way more expensive and really did not live up to it. In terms of setup, Google Cloud Storage may have Amazon S3 beat, however, as it is more of a pseudo advanced version of Google Drive, that was not a hard feat for it to achieve. Overall, evaluating GCS, in comparison to S3, was an utter disappointment.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Lightsail

  • Hosting a production application on Lightsail will guarantee you a loss
  • Saved lots of time for our prototyping
  • Other VPS providers are better
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Amazon S3

  • It practically eliminated some real heavy storage servers from our premises and reduced maintenance cost.
  • The excellent durability and reliability make sure the return of money you invested in.
  • If the objects which are not active or stale, one needs to remove them. Those objects keep adding cost to each billing cycle. If you are handling a really big infrastructure, sometimes this creates quite a huge bill for preserving un-necessary objects/documents.
Apurv Doshi | TrustRadius Reviewer

Pricing Details

Amazon Lightsail

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon Lightsail Editions & Modules

Edition
512 MB Linux$3.501
1 GB Linux$5.001
2 GB Linux$10.001
  1. per month
Additional Pricing Details

Amazon S3

General

Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No

Amazon S3 Editions & Modules

Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Lightsail
7.0
Amazon S3
9.2

Usability

Amazon Lightsail
Amazon S3
7.7

Support Rating

Amazon Lightsail
Amazon S3
9.4

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