For anything like a personal learning environment to work there needs to be data synchronization, which means a cloud database. But the worst thing about cloud databases is, well, cloud databases. They are miserable to set up and manage; on Amazon, for example, you descend into the alphabet soup of ECS and IAM and other misery. Lightsail is Amazon's attempt to make the system slightly easier for people to manage. It's still not straightfoward, but it's better than it was, and maybe now I can finally move forward on the next generation of gRSShopper development without having to learn an entire new dictionary.