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Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Lightsail

1. It's highly recommended for users who are looking to build their own VPN service2. Amazon Lightsail provides plenty of outgoing data for any use case (e.g., a $3.50 plan provides 500GB of outgoing data)3. Can be used to deploy containerized applications that require scaling4. Plans ranging from $3.50 to $160 a month, which is awesome
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Rackspace Managed Hosting

Rackspace is very well suited as a IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) provider, particularly when you're planning on leaving the infrastructure up for a period of time. They seem to focus a bit more on that aspect of infrastructure. That is to say, they seem to promote running servers for longer periods of time and not spinning up/shutting down servers frequently based on usage spikes.While, they do support that sort of availability -- they don't have features built into their offering, necessarily, that make it a lot easier to implement.Our experiences with Rackspace have been 100% around their cloud platform, but they have another entire part of their business that is centered around hosting/maintaining/supporting physical hardware (bare metal). They have had a great reputation over the last several years (10+) for being top-notch providers in this space, which is one reason we even considered them for our Cloud-based hosting needs. We don't have any direct experience with their "bare metal" offerings, but their reputation is certainly great, and worth noting.
Jim Rubenstein | TrustRadius Reviewer

Feature Rating Comparison

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)

Amazon Lightsail
8.8
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Amazon Lightsail
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Dynamic scaling
Amazon Lightsail
9.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Elastic load balancing
Amazon Lightsail
7.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Pre-configured templates
Amazon Lightsail
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Monitoring tools
Amazon Lightsail
4.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Pre-defined machine images
Amazon Lightsail
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Operating system support
Amazon Lightsail
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
Security controls
Amazon Lightsail
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting

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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Fanatical Support - I can't stress how great their team is. Not only are they knowledgeable, whenever I call in (during the day or in the middle of the night), I never have to wait more than a minute to speak to someone.
  • Webmail, Hosted Exchange, and Office365 Support - As an IT team of one, Rackspace's cloud solution and migration team has really helped me over the years to minimize issues for users, but also provide a reliable and flexible email platform.
Jordan Leano | TrustRadius Reviewer

Cons

Amazon Lightsail

  • Very little documentation
  • Fewer support options in Amazon Lightsail
  • They only allow one adjustment and force you to terminate the instance that caused the issue before adjusting
  • Be aware of your usage in AWS
  • Always check for any extra unwanted bills
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Their backup tools are confusing and could use some clarification. We ended up getting charged for backup licenses on nonexistent servers, and that was frustrating because they would not refund us the fees as they declared it our fault for misunderstanding their terms.
  • They need to stop charging for "fanatical" support. Their support service has gotten worse over the years and now they are charging us a monthly fee. It's enough of a rub that we'll most likely move our servers to a different company.
John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Lightsail

No score
No answers yet
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Rackspace Managed Hosting

Rackspace Managed Hosting 2.2
Based on 2 answers
If I wake tomorrow completely incapable of managing a client cloud operation, our dedicated Rackspace Cloud Engineering Team is deployable as literal extension of our business, immediately addressing all needs and requirements without cause of business disruption for our consultancy, and more importantly for the mission-critical ones of our clients. For this reason alone, Rackspace is our choice of choices!
John Wooten | 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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

AWS is more and reliable and will work better for our organization from now on. Rackspace has served its purpose but is a slowly dying service. I will still happily give them kudos where it is deserved and they did great in their prime. Amazon is slowly taking over and edging everyone out and you need to jump ship at some point if you want to keep up.
Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer

Return on Investment

Amazon Lightsail

  • Highly efficient for our microservices architecture
  • Price to performance
  • Scalability
  • Adjustments for unwanted bills or charges
  • Wide selection of services entice you to use Amazon Lightsail
  • Able to deploy web apps to a full infrastructure.
Sandesh Singh | TrustRadius Reviewer

Rackspace Managed Hosting

  • Responded to slowdowns very quickly, therefore negating lose of earnings at peak times
  • When speaking to the right people eventually, they suggested solutions that have improved server response, which should have a positive impact on site speed (and so CR)
  • Load balancing allows for an efficient workflow in implementing new features while not losing traffic
  • Originally set some configurations low, which negatively impacted server performance. This was rectified with memory expansion following some discussions.
Gideon Caspi | 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

Rackspace Managed Hosting

General

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

Rackspace Managed Hosting Editions & Modules

Edition
Linux$23.001
Windows$75.001
Windows + SQL$128.001
  1. Per Month
Additional Pricing Details

Rating Summary

Likelihood to Recommend

Amazon Lightsail
10.0
Rackspace Managed Hosting
5.0

Likelihood to Renew

Amazon Lightsail
Rackspace Managed Hosting
2.2

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