Ever since Amazon Web Services announced their new service Lightsail, I’ve been wondering how does its performance compare to virtually same droplets hosted by DigitalOcean. I’m not going to go into too many details regarding the similarities and differences between the two platforms, but if you’d like to learn more, here’s a good read by Wogan May and another one by Phil Dougherty.
For the AWS Lightsail vs. DigitalOcean performance comparison, I decided to use sysbench as described in the howtoforge.com article.
Both servers were provisioned by Laravel Forge, running the same software versions. The hardware specs are 4 GB RAM, 2 vCPUs, 60 GB SSD.