Amazon Lightsail Supports Windows

Amazon released the Lightsail Service available last year (2016) and it only supported Linux-based Virtual Private Servers (VPS). As of October 16, 2017, Amazon has additionally released Windows-based VPS. You are now able to launch in a matter of minutes: Windows Server 2012 R2, Windows Server 2016, or Windows Server 2016 with SQL Server 2016 Express. You can use your VPS to build, test, and deploy .NET or Windows applications all without getting into the weeds of building everything from scratch.

Servers are available in five sizes, with 512 MB to 8 GB of RAM, 1 or 2 vCPUs, and up to 80 GB of SSD storage. Prices (including software licenses) start at $10 per month.

You can try out a 512 MB server for one month (up to 750 hours) at no charge.

This is great for those who want to spin up a VPS without the hassle of picking out all the resources individually. These users generally want to obtain results out of their applications or software quickly with little effort. This puts less strain on this type of user, especially if they have an aggressive deadline and don’t have the time to set up backups, DNS, and operational metrics. These options can be enabled easily with just a couple of clicks.

This feature is available today in the US East (Northern Virginia), US East (Ohio), US West (Oregon), EU (London), EU (Ireland), EU (Frankfurt), Asia Pacific (Singapore), Asia Pacific (Mumbai), Asia Pacific (Sydney), and Asia Pacific (Tokyo) Regions.