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  1. #1
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    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    [EN] AWS launches Lightsail, a DigitalOcean killer offering $5 VPS

    Jordan Novet
    November 30, 2016

    At its annual re:Invent user conference in Las Vegas today, public cloud market leader Amazon Web Services (AWS) announced Amazon Lightsail, a new way for developers to quickly and easily get access to low-cost virtual private servers (VPS).

    They don’t need to worry about provisioning storage, security groups, or identity and access management (IAM) when they want to just get a box to run a simple application. They can just use Amazon Lightsail now.

    The thing is, for years companies like Linode and BlueHost have offered cheap VPS options. The startup DigitalOcean has risen to popularity because it made the VPS hip and a simpler alternative to AWS. Now AWS is directly going after the DigitalOcean style of cloud infrastructure — starting at $5, the Lightsail VPS prices are certainly competitive.

    VPS isn’t something that the other major cloud infrastructure providers like Google Cloud Platform and Microsoft Azure offer. But it’s only a matter of time before that changes.


  2. #2
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    Included in all Lightsail plans:

    Static IP address
    SSH terminal access
    DNS management
    Intuitive management console
    SSH key management
    Server monitoring
    Access to AWS services

    Try Lightsail free for one month!


    Whether you're an existing or new AWS customer, you get 750 hours of free usage of the $5 Lightsail plan for free. You can use your 750 hours of usage across as many instances as you like. For example, you can run a single Lightsail instance for a whole month, or 10 Lightsail instances for 75 hours. The free trial offer is only applicable to usage within the first calendar month from when you sign up to use Lightsail.
    Última edição por 5ms; 30-11-2016 às 19:28.

  3. #3
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010
    Lightsail resources

    Lightsail instances are specifically engineered by AWS for web servers, developer environments, and small database use cases. Such workloads don't use the full CPU often or consistently, but occasionally need a performance burst. Lightsail uses burstable performance instances that provide a baseline level of CPU performance with the additional ability to burst above the baseline. This design enables you to get the performance you need, when you need it, while protecting you from the variable performance or other common side effects that you might typically experience from over-subscription in other environments.

    If you need highly configurable environments and instances with consistently high CPU performance for applications such as video encoding or HPC applications, we recommend you use Amazon EC2.


    Lightsail is currently available in all the Availability Zones in the us-east-1 (N. Virginia) region. Instances created in different Availability Zones can communicate between zones privately and for free, and are much less likely to be impaired concurrently. Availability Zones enable you to build highly available applications and websites without increasing the cost of data transfer or compromising your application's security.


    Lightsail plans are billed on an on-demand hourly rate, so you pay only for what you use. For every Lightsail plan you use, we charge you the fixed hourly price, up to the maximum monthly plan cost. The cheapest Lightsail plan starts at $0.0067/hour ($5/month).


    DNS is free within Lightsail. You can create up to 3 DNS zones and as many records as you want for each DNS zone. You also get a monthly allowance of 3 million DNS queries per month to your zones. Beyond your first 3 million queries in a month, you are charged $0.40/million DNS queries.


    Lightsail snapshots cost $0.05/GB-month. That means if you take a snapshot of your 30 GB SSD instance and keep it for a month, you pay $1.50 at the end of the month.

    When you take multiple successive snapshots of the same instance, Lightsail automatically cost-optimizes your snapshots. For each new snapshot you take, you're changed only for the part of the instance that changed. In the example above, if your instance only changes by 2 GB, your second instance snapshot costs only $0.10 per month.

    Última edição por 5ms; 30-11-2016 às 19:27.

  4. #4
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    AWS' Jassy: Only room for a few players in cloud market

    Paris Cowan
    Dec 1 2016

    AWS boss Andy Jassy has forecast a fully mature public cloud market will have room for no more than 30 players worldwide, even as the world’s corporations pour what he predicts will one day be trillions of dollars into off-premises compute.

    He told the AWS Re:Invent conference in Las Vegas today that his US$13 billion business - already growing at 55 percent year-on-year - is just in its “early stages” and stands to capitalise on a worldwide on-premise exodus.

    “If you believe, like we do, that in the fullness of time very few companies will own their own data centres ... all that computing is moving to the cloud,” he said.

    Research house Gartner estimates AWS’ public cloud market share currently sits at many times the aggregate value of 14 of its next biggest competitors combined.

    But Jassy claimed AWS doesn’t see itself reigning over a cloud monopoly.

    “It won’t just be one successful player. I think several players will be successful," he said.

    “[But] I don’t think there will be 30, I think there will be a smaller handful because scale really matters here."

    However he did forecast that the cloud business could grow to become the biggest earner in the Amazon group, a big claim considering Amazon’s consumer business brings in more than US$100 billion a year.

    “The market segment size of the spaces we are addressing is very large and very high potential. We are very optimistic that can happen," he said.

    Jassy said in the new public cloud world, customers will have “x-ray vision” to weigh up the true value of the IT resources they are paying for and benchmark them against the competition.

    He didn’t miss the opportunity to twist the knife in on the “old guard leaders” of technology - particularly his very public sparring partner Oracle CEO Larry Ellison, who used his own conference keynote in September for a lengthy takedown of the cloud provider.

    Jassy said public cloud’s transparency “allows you to see through the hand-waving and bombast” of the “old days”.

    “Because it was so hard and so expensive to test and experiment over any period of time, you would get these old guard leaders who would stand up and make all types of wild claims, and set benchmarks to suit their own purposes, or take out full page ads claiming whatever they claim. And you had no visibility to know it was real,” he said.

    “That ship has sailed - kind of like an America’s Cup ship.”

    With enemies on one side, on the other AWS has cemented a working friendship with virtualisation giant VMware, with CEO Pat Gelsinger even joining Jassy on stage in Las Vegas.

    It recently announced the partnership will make it easier to integrate applications running on VMware virtualised servers with AWS, to appease the pair’s common ‘hybrid cloud’ customers.

    Paris Cowan travelled to Re:Invent as a guest of AWS


  5. #5
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    Cool O alvo não parece ser Linode, DigitalOcean, Vultr ...

  6. #6
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010


    :~# date
    Thu Dec 1 15:13:47 UTC 2016
    :~# lscpu
    Architecture:          x86_64
    CPU op-mode(s):        32-bit, 64-bit
    Byte Order:            Little Endian
    CPU(s):                1
    On-line CPU(s) list:   0
    Thread(s) per core:    1
    Core(s) per socket:    1
    Socket(s):             1
    NUMA node(s):          1
    Vendor ID:             GenuineIntel
    CPU family:            6
    Model:                 63
    Model name:            Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz
    Stepping:              2
    CPU MHz:               2400.062
    BogoMIPS:              4800.12
    Hypervisor vendor:     Xen
    Virtualization type:   full
    L1d cache:             32K
    L1i cache:             32K
    L2 cache:              256K
    L3 cache:              30720K
    NUMA node0 CPU(s):     0
    Flags:                 fpu vme de pse tsc msr pae mce cx8 apic sep mtrr pge mca cmov pat pse36 clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ht syscall nx rdtscp lm constant_tsc rep_good nopl xtopology eagerfpu pni pclmulqdq ssse3 fma cx16 pcid sse4_1 sse4_2 x2apic movbe popcnt tsc_deadline_timer aes xsave avx f16c rdrand hypervisor lahf_lm abm fsgsbase bmi1 avx2 smep bmi2 erms invpcid xsaveopt
    :~# cat /proc/version
    Linux version 4.4.0-45-generic (buildd@lgw01-34) (gcc version 5.4.0 20160609 (Ubuntu 5.4.0-6ubuntu1~16.04.2) ) #66-Ubuntu SMP Wed Oct 19 14:12:37 UTC 2016

    :~# uname -m
    :~# lsb_release -a
    No LSB modules are available.
    Distributor ID: Ubuntu
    Description:    Ubuntu 16.04.1 LTS
    Release:        16.04
    Codename:       xenial
    :~# free
                  total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
    Mem:         498408       40644       75588        3164      382176      422544
    Swap:             0           0           0

    :~# dd if=/dev/zero of=/swap bs=32k count=64k
    65536+0 records in
    65536+0 records out
    2147483648 bytes (2.1 GB, 2.0 GiB) copied, 31.4604 s, 68.3 MB/s

    :~# free
                  total        used        free      shared  buff/cache   available
    Mem:         498408       40964      284532        3164      172912      422392
    Swap:       2097148           0     2097148
    ~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 15.8178 s, 67.9 MB/s
    :~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 14.6546 s, 73.3 MB/s
    :~# df -h
    Filesystem      Size  Used Avail Use% Mounted on
    udev            238M     0  238M   0% /dev
    tmpfs            49M  3.1M   46M   7% /run
    /dev/xvda1       20G  3.0G   16G  17% /
    tmpfs           244M     0  244M   0% /dev/shm
    tmpfs           5.0M     0  5.0M   0% /run/lock
    tmpfs           244M     0  244M   0% /sys/fs/cgroup
    tmpfs            49M     0   49M   0% /run/user/1000
    tmpfs            49M     0   49M   0% /run/user/0
    :~# df -i
    Filesystem      Inodes IUsed   IFree IUse% Mounted on
    udev             60834   390   60444    1% /dev
    tmpfs            62295   492   61803    1% /run
    /dev/xvda1     1310720 60376 1250344    5% /
    tmpfs            62295     1   62294    1% /dev/shm
    tmpfs            62295     3   62292    1% /run/lock
    tmpfs            62295    16   62279    1% /sys/fs/cgroup
    tmpfs            62301     4   62297    1% /run/user/1000
    tmpfs            62301     4   62297    1% /run/user/0

    :~# wget -O /dev/null http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    --2016-12-01 15:19:34-- http://cachefly.cachefly.net/100mb.test
    Resolving cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)...
    Connecting to cachefly.cachefly.net (cachefly.cachefly.net)||:80... connected.
    HTTP request sent, awaiting response... 200 OK
    Length: 104857600 (100M) [application/octet-stream]
    Saving to: ‘/dev/null’

    /dev/null 100%[==========>] 100.00M 51.6MB/s in 1.9s

    2016-12-01 15:19:36 (51.6 MB/s) - ‘/dev/null’ saved [104857600/104857600]

    :~# traceroute cachefly.cachefly.net
    traceroute to cachefly.cachefly.net (, 30 hops max, 60 byte packets
     1 (  19.356 ms (  12.513 ms (  21.763 ms
     2 (  20.371 ms (  16.143 ms (  19.941 ms
     3 (  19.225 ms (  17.683 ms (  14.503 ms
     4 (  16.108 ms (  14.300 ms (  21.904 ms
     5 (  3.424 ms (  15.180 ms (  14.977 ms
     6 (  0.711 ms (  4.986 ms (  0.383 ms
     7 (  0.785 ms (  0.879 ms (  2.337 ms
     8 (  28.135 ms (  12.703 ms (  4.763 ms
     9 (  20.661 ms (  0.848 ms (  0.916 ms
    10 (  0.717 ms (  0.671 ms (  0.816 ms
    11 (  0.792 ms  0.742 ms 
        vip1.G-anycast1.cachefly.net (  0.795 ms

  7. #7
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    BYTE Bechmark 5.1.3

    Benchmark Run: Thu Dec 01 2016 15:34:38 - 15:55:15
    1 CPU in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests
    Dhrystone 2 using register variables       31295333.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Double-Precision Whetstone                     2267.7 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
    Execl Throughput                               5824.8 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    Pipe Throughput                             2463750.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Pipe-based Context Switching                 320312.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    Process Creation                              16113.0 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
    Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                  10163.3 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                   1292.8 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
    System Call Overhead                        3887833.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
    System Benchmarks Partial Index              BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
    Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   31295333.7   2681.7
    Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       2267.7    412.3
    Execl Throughput                                 43.0       5824.8   1354.6
    Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    2463750.3   1980.5
    Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     320312.2    800.8
    Process Creation                                126.0      16113.0   1278.8
    Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4      10163.3   2397.0
    Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0       1292.8   2154.7
    System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3887833.1   2591.9
    System Benchmarks Index Score (Partial Only)                         1509.4

  8. #8
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010
    Vale lembrar que cada mariola tem proteção adicional grátis de um firewall externo à instância.

    :~# iptables -nvL
    Chain INPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
     pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
    Chain FORWARD (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
     pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination
    Chain OUTPUT (policy ACCEPT 0 packets, 0 bytes)
     pkts bytes target     prot opt in     out     source               destination

    Se a mitigação de ataques AWS Shield anunciada pela Amazon abranger o serviço Lightsail, as mariolas de $5 com 1TB outbound serão ainda mais interessantes.
    Última edição por 5ms; 01-12-2016 às 20:27.

  9. #9
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    Stop / Start

    Após rodar o benchmark da Byte, usei STOP e liberei o IP público. No momento, usei START e o VPS foi ativada em poucos segundos e com outro IP. A documentação da Amazon afirma que o armazenamento é "SSD-based storage" mas não diz explicitamente que é local mas não parece ser SAN. O desempenho do DD é baixo para SSD mas pode ser um limite forçado. O VPS reativado apresentou desempenho idêntico:

    :~# grep -E '^model name|^cpu MHz' /proc/cpuinfo
    model name : Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2676 v3 @ 2.40GHz
    cpu MHz : 2400.086

    :~# dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB, 1.0 GiB) copied, 15.8193 s, 67.9 MB/s

    Aparentemente, o que a Amazon está vendendo é o velho e bom VPS, ainda que ultrapassado. Muito longe da VMware, CloudStack, etc.

  10. #10
    WHT-BR Top Member
    Data de Ingresso
    Dec 2010

    Cheap virtual box hosters – Amazon's Lightsail is out to destroy you

    Thomas Claburn
    30 Nov 2016

    In conjunction with AWS re:Invent in Las Vegas on Wednesday, Amazon introduced Lightsail, a service that allows customers to launch virtual private servers (VPS) configured with SSD storage, DNS management, and a static IP address.

    "You get the simplicity of a VPS, backed by the power, reliability, and security of AWS," said AWS chief evangelist Jeff Barr in a blog post. "As your needs grow, you will have the ability to smoothly step outside of the initial boundaries and connect to additional AWS database, messaging, and content distribution services."

    "AWS is relentlessly developing new compute services to satisfy demands from across the market," said John Dinsdale, chief analyst with Synergy Research Group in an email to The Register.

    "With Lightsail, AWS is effectively extending the attractiveness of its services to a lower tier of the market. It's a good move. AWS has the ability and desire to reach out to a multitude of different users and use cases."

    Starting at $5 per month for 512MB of memory, 1 virtual CPU, 20GB of SSD storage, and 1TB of data transfer, Lightsail is priced to compete with hosting providers like DigitalOcean, Linode, and Vultr.

    But "starting" is not always what concerns individual developers and small development organizations. Often, for customers with less than unlimited funding, the final bill matters, because unexpected financial liability can derail ventures that aren't yet generating reliable revenue.

    AWS customers have complained about bill shock for years, and while Amazon acknowledges the issue, it places the burden of cost mitigation on the customer.

    There's some rationale for this – those running large online applications probably don't want them to turn off once a quota is met – but many developers want the option to limit their expenses.

    Unfortunately for cost-conscious customers, Lightsail leaves room for unexpected charges. DNS queries in excess of 3 million per month are charged at $0.40/million. Static IP addresses cost $0.005/hour when not attached to an instance for more than 1 hour. And there are other potential charges, particularly for those using other AWS services.

    In contrast, DigitalOcean makes cost control a selling point, stating on its website: "Always know what you'll pay per month." The service offers customers a notification when their bill approaches a specified limit.

    Lightsail, DigitalOcean, Linode, and Vultr charge extra for bandwidth in excess of plan-specified limits, but Lightsail charges more – $0.09/GB compared to $0.02/GB at the other three.

    By failing to offer sufficiently predictable pricing, and a billing cap, Amazon has limited Lightsail's appeal. Those who have already bought into the AWS ecosystem should appreciate the simplicity of the service. But those just getting into application development may need more reassurance.

    The Register asked DigitalOcean and Linode to comment on the prospect of sharing their lunch with Amazon. DigitalOcean declined to comment.

    In an emailed statement, Casey Smith, Linode's chief marketing officer, said, "We're flattered to see AWS create an offering similar to our own. There is great value in simplicity, which is why we've stuck with offering our services in this way since 2003."

    Smith said Linode welcomes the competition and expects the developer and small business communities to benefit from it. "As for Linode, we will continue to differentiate ourselves as we always have – in server performance, quality of support, and our position as a hosting provider built for developers, by developers," he said.


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