As we have previously discussed, Amazon Lightsail provides a simpler pricing model compared to Amazon EC2. However, you can still benefit from some cost-saving strategies with your Lightsail instances.
Like RDS and Redshift, you can schedule your Lightsail instances to be created each morning, and deleted each evening. This way, you won’t be charged for your instances overnight or over the weekend.
Today, we’re happy to announce a new Lightsail cost-savings action: Create Lightsail Instances From Snapshots.
Using this new action, you can create new Lightsail instances based on previously-created Lightsail snapshots. Then, later, you can optionally have the new Lightsail instances deleted, creating a new snapshot.
You can create one or more Lightsail instances.
The instances can all be created based on a single Lightsail snapshot, or each can be based on dynamically selected snapshots, based on the new instance name.
For example, you can create 2 Lightsail instances:
The new instances can be re-created using the same Lightsail bundle (instance type, volume size, etc.) that was in the original instance, or they can have the bundle overridden.
You can also choose to have the new Lightsail instances deleted. At the time that they are deleted, they can create a final snapshot. This will preserve the instance data in case you want to re-create the instance later.
Using this new action, you can achieve a business-hours only Lightsail instance, and only pay for the hours that the instance is actually being used.
This new action is available today.
Full pricing information for this action can be found on our pricing page.