Over the past week Amazon Web Services held its re:Invent conference in Las Vegas where it made a number of key announcements regarding updates to its portfolio of products and services.
Along with seven new compute instances, an addition to Aurora, new artificial intelligence offerings and a serverless query service, it also revealed the next generations of its Snowball product, a new open source project and security products aimed at DDoS attacks.
Amazon Lightsail – access for virtual private servers
The Amazon Lightsail service is a way for developers to gain access to virtual private servers quickly and cheaply.
The company aims to remove the hassle of provisioning storage, security groups, or identity and access management and make it easy to get started on AWS.
The company said on its blog: “With a couple of clicks you can choose a configuration from a menu and launch a virtual machine preconfigured with SSD-based storage, DNS management, and a static IP address.
“You can launch your favorite operating system (Amazon Linux AMI or Ubuntu), developer stack (LAMP, LEMP, MEAN, or Node.js), or application (Drupal, Joomla, Redmine, GitLab, and many others), with flat-rate pricing plans that start at $5 per month including a generous allowance for data transfer.”
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