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1. Plans and Pricing
Kamatera’s Custom-Built Servers Offer Better Value Than AWS’s Rigid PlansLike most cloud computing services, both Kamatera and AWS charge by the hour, which is simplified into an easy monthly bill. AWS offers a variety of options for web hosting, but Amazon Lightsail is by far the most affordable and the most straightforward to set up. The entry-level Amazon Lightsail server includes 512MB RAM, 1 CPU core, and 1TB data transfer out of the box. Kamatera’s cheapest server offers double the RAM and a much more generous free traffic allowance for less than a dollar more per month. It includes 1GB RAM, 1 CPU core, and 5TB of data transfer (but only 1TB at the Hong Kong data center).
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Kamatera’s server plans can also be fully customized. If you need a RAM-heavy instance, for example, you can freely set your RAM at the value you need. With Amazon Lightsail, resources cannot be scaled individually – you’d need to upgrade your plan entirely, or configure a server yourself from the ground up with the regular AWS components. That being said, both hosts offer scalable cloud infrastructure, so resources will scale up to accommodate traffic surges on your website(s). It’s also important to note that AWS’s overage fees are much higher than Kamatera’s, costing around nine times as much per GB. Depending on your choice of data center, it could cost even more. I’d say Kamatera offers better customizability and scalability for a similar price.
Amazon Web Services (AWS) VPS Hosting
Plan NameStorageBandwidthCPURAMPricePlan NameStorageBandwidthCPURAMPriceLinux 120 GB SSD1 TB1 CORE512 MB$3.50More detailsLinux 240 GB SSD2 TB1 CORE1 GB$5.00More detailsLinux 360 GB SSD3 TB1 CORE2 GB$10.00More detailsLinux 480 GB SSD4 TB2 CORES4 GB$20.00More detailsLinux 5160 GB SSD5 TB2 CORES8 GB$40.00More detailsLinux 6320 GB SSD6 TB4 CORES16 GB$80.00More detailsLinux 7640 GB SSD7 TB8 CORES32 GB$160.00More detailsWindows 130 GB SSD1 TB1 CORE512 MB$8.00More detailsWindows 240 GB SSD2 TB1 CORE1 GB$12.00More detailsWindows 360 GB SSD3 TB1 CORE2 GB$20.00More detailsWindows 480 GB SSD4 TB2 CORES4 GB$40.00More detailsWindows 5160 GB SSD5 TB2 CORES8 GB$70.00More detailsWindows 6320 GB SSD6 TB4 CORES16 GB$120.00More detailsWindows 7640 GB SSD7 TB8 CORES32 GB$240.00More detailsMore details
Kamatera Offers A Superior Scope of SupportAs both of these hosts primarily offer unmanaged hosting solutions, there isn’t much in the way of technical support unless you pay a hefty premium. AWS’s free ticket support only offers help with billing and account issues. You also have access to community forums and online documentation to help you, but this is typically aimed at experienced developers. Kamatera offers some free technical support through tickets, email, and phone, covering basic issues with the cloud service – such as connectivity failures, for example. Anything beyond this will require purchasing the expensive managed service add-on. Kamatera also lacks any tutorials or guides – there’s no documentation whatsoever. If you are happy to pay for a premium level of support, Kamatera offers better value. The basic managed service plan includes technical support for your OS, control panel, and web servers, alongside help configuring your server and performing backups. While it isn’t cheap, you’d need to pay nearly twice the price for a similar level of service with AWS. Despite both hosts only advertising a low level of support for free, I still decided to prod their support teams to see what I could get. To start, I sent a ticket to Kamatera asking for a little help connecting a domain to my server. As I expected, even something as simple as this was out of the scope of Kamatera’s support team. I was basically told to either look elsewhere for a solution to my issue, or purchase the managed service add-on to receive more technical help. One silver lining is that Kamatera’s response times were pretty fast for ticket support – I waited only around 10 minutes between each message. As for AWS, I asked for some basic verification that my account and server had been created successfully. The support agent politely told me that everything looked fine, and went on to give me some information about the AWS free tier. It was a nice, helpful response – but I waited over 24 hours to receive it. Overall, Kamatera offers much faster response times, but the basic support offered by the two hosts is about the same. However, Kamatera’s managed service add-on offers much better value than AWS’s premium levels of support.
Kamatera Provides More Extensive Setup OptionsAgain, as these are unmanaged cloud VPSs, not many features are included for free. If you want to add a feature to your server, you’re expected to acquire and install it yourself. That said, there are still some notable time-savers on offer. Kamatera lets you choose from a long list of server images that can help you to set up your server within minutes. Basic images consist of Linux or Windows OSs, but you may also install a selection of web servers, full development stacks, WordPress with or without Multisite enabled, and much more. AWS also offers the most popular server configurations, but it lacks the niche options that Kamatera provides. However, Amazon Lightsail servers do come with preconfigured networking, security, and access management. Adding to the value of AWS is 5GB free object storage for a year, plus a static IP – neither of which are included with Kamatera. While these freebies are nice, they’re hardly game-changing. I’d say Kamatera wins this round, thanks to its greater variety of server images.
|Kamatera||Amazon Web Services|
|Hosting types||Cloud VPS||Cloud VPS|
|Free SSL certificate?||✘||✘|
|Disk space||20GB – 16TB||20GB – 640GB|
|Bandwidth||5TB (1TB in Hong Kong)||1TB – 7TB (0.5TB – 3.5TB in Mumbai or Sydney)|
|Automatic backups||Premium add-on||Premium add-on|
|Control panel||Optional, your choice||Optional, your choice|
|Free CDN?||✘||✔ for one year (max. 50GB transfer)|
|Free site migration?||✘||✘|
|Money-back guarantee||30-day free trial||30-day free trial|
AWS Offers More Reliable, Faster PerformanceWhile both of these hosts offer data centers around the world, Kamatera struggles to compete with Amazon’s global infrastructure. Kamatera offers 13 data centers covering every major continent, while AWS offers 80+ data centers (“Availability Zones”) in 25 different locations (or “Regions”). As AWS commonly offers more than one data center in each geographic location, it can offer added fault tolerance, scalability, and availability. AWS also offers its powerful CloudFront content delivery network (CDN) that covers over 225 “Points of Presence” globally. You can get free access for a year to 50GB transfer with this CDN with any Lightsail server. Kamatera has a 99.9% uptime guarantee on an annual basis. If uptime is lower than this, Kamatera will consider granting a refund or service credits equal to a month’s bill or $500, whichever is lower. On the other hand, AWS offers a 99.99% uptime guarantee, which is calculated on a monthly basis. If downtime occurs, you may be entitled to service credits. With all this in mind, AWS wins this round thanks to its superior infrastructure and performance features. Kamatera managed to provide respectable speeds across the globe in our performance tests. For more details, check out our in-depth Kamatera review. Our performance tests with AWS showed significantly faster worldwide speeds than Kamatera. To see the results for yourself, check out our detailed AWS review.
Kamatera Charges Extra For a Firewall, While AWS Offers One For FreeKamatera and Amazon Lightsail offer a similar amount of security out of the box. Both hosts house servers within highly-guarded data centers, complete with multiple redundant power sources. Additionally, the two hosts run a secure cloud network with heavy encryption, so no pesky hackers can listen in and steal your data. From there, it’s up to you how far you’d like to take security. Amazon Lightsail comes with a free, preconfigured cloud firewall. If you’d like, you can set your own rules. AWS also offers a web application firewall (WAF), but this is priced according to each rule you create as well as the number of processed web requests. Kamatera also offers a cloud firewall, but there isn’t a free tier. The unmanaged Kamatera Express firewall starts at a low monthly fee, but the price may rise significantly as your server expands. The managed service add-on costs a pretty penny, but this includes all your servers and virtual devices. Certainly, you are not obliged to choose any of these security features. Alternatively, you have the option to obtain a security package from a third-party of your preference and install it on your server. This is the flexibility offered by unmanaged cloud hosting. Nevertheless, it is noteworthy that AWS provides a free cloud firewall, which makes it the victor of this round, albeit by a narrow margin.
Kamatera Bests AWS, by a Very Thin MarginFor most users, I’d say Kamatera is the better option. Despite similar pricing, Kamatera offers more free data transfer and lower bandwidth overage fees. Its default plans are easier to customize as well. However, AWS is a performance powerhouse. If you need the best in speed and reliability, AWS may turn out to be the better option, but to take full advantage of Amazon’s infrastructure you should possess developer-level skill, or enlist someone who does. Both of these hosts are quite difficult to work with if you don’t have the time or the knowledge to maintain your own server. Managed service and higher levels of support with both hosts are incredibly expensive. If you’re looking for a more straightforward managed service, our list of the best web hosting services might provide more useful options.
Amazon Web Services
Plans and Pricing
More customizable servers with low overage fees, slightly more expensive for the cheapest server
Lightsail service offers rigid plans with high overage fees, but features a slightly cheaper starting point
Some amount of technical support for free, good response times
Very little free technical support, and slow response times
More extensive list of server images, but no static IP or free block storage
Limited selection of server images, but a free static IP and 5GB block storage for a year
Fewer data centers, slower performance with a 99.9% uptime guarantee
Far superior number of data centers, faster performance worldwide protected by a 99.99% uptime guarantee
Cloud firewall is only available for a premium, managed and unmanaged options available
Free cloud firewall, along with an optional managed WAF for ongoing fees