Linode is a US-based infrastructure as a service provider founded by its current CEO Christopher Aker in June 2003. The Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA headquartered Linode offers several cloud computing products and services.
Linode also offers managed cloud service and other fee-based professional services such as system administration, site migrations, software deployments, tuning, and optimization.
Unlike other large scale players in the Cloud Computing segment, Linode bundles its cloud products into packages with monthly caps that are easier to understand from a pricing standpoint. Linode offers three subscription plans; Standard, Dedicated CPU and High Memory.
Customers are charged by the hour for the service they use, up to the monthly cap, beyond which there will be additional charges. For example, if you exceed your network transfer quota you will be charged $0.02 for each additional GB.
Linode’s pricing strategy positions them to compete against low cost cloud providers such as DigitalOcean and Vultr and away from hyperscale providers like Amazon Web Services and Microsoft.
Linode’s products are available from nine data centers around the world. Data Centers are located at
|US Central||Tokyo 1, Japan|
|US South||Tokyo 2, Japan|
As its name indicates, Linode’s services are geared towards the sizable Linux community around the world.
Linux distributions currently supported for deployment on Linode include Arch Linux, CentOS 7, CoreOS Container Linux, Debian 8, Debian 9, Fedora 27, Fedora 28, Fedora 29, Gentoo, openSUSE Leap 15.0, Slackware 14.2, Ubuntu 16.04 LTS, Ubuntu 18.04 LTS, and Ubuntu 18.10
Important Features listed by Linode:
Intel E5 Processors
Control Panel, API and Command-line interface
24*7 Customer Support
99.9% guaranteed uptime
Backups and Block Storage: Linode offers three different backup plans for customers to go with their standard, dedicated CPU and high memory compute plans. Customers can also attach scalable block storage to Linode compute instances. Block Storage pricing starts at $0.10/GiB per month.
NodeBalancer: Linode calls Load balancers as NodeBalancer. The service can support up to 10,000 concurrent connections and costs $20.00 per month
LongView is Linode’s monitoring and management service, which collects “system level metrics and displays them in an interactive, easy-to-read graphic interface. Pinpoint resource bottlenecks with up-to-the-minute graphs while gaining immediate visibility into your systems with per-process and aggregate statistics for CPU, memory, and network. “
The service is offered free for upto ten systems. Long View pro gives access to unlimited historical data with 60 second resolution. Pricing starts at $20 per month.