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Linode review by Administrator in Information Technology and Services
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"Great, Reliable VPS service, with worldwide support"

What do you like best?

Linode is one of the best VPS providers on the market. They have multiple datacenters throughout the world, and their support is very responsive! I usually experienced 1 'bigger' (which means < 10 mins) downtime a year, which was mostly caused by some power failure. It's very easy to manage & to set up.

You can also create pre-defined plans which will help you to set up a new instance with the same details, which is great for development purposes.

What do you dislike?

They didn't have block storage for a long time, and their packages are not as customizable as DigitalOcean. They look a bit old-school, but you can manage everything you want.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't look for other service provider :)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used to have our own servers hosted in co-location facilities. As per Murphy's law, hardware failures occurred in the worst moments. We wanted to get rid of this risk, and wanted to outsource our hosting to a reliable 3rd party provider. Since then, we could focus more on the development, other than the maintenance / hardware failures.

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Linode review by <span>Winston D.</span>
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"A competitive VPS"

What do you like best?

I really love how Linode is well priced. Since I started using them, they have increased the amount of memory that you get with each box and are constantly improving their service. I also had the misfortune recently of misplacing my 2nd factor authentication, and their support was extremely helpful in aiding me to recover my account.

What do you dislike?

The web portal definitely feels dated. Despite all of the awesome services they offer, this is one area where they definitely need improvement. That being said, they have made improvements since I started using the site, and it does provide all of the information you need. It would just be nice if it matched up better with the styling of their main landing page.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Feel free to look around at other VPS solutions. If you are looking for one which gives you an ample amount of RAM and great support, Linode is a choice which you won't regret.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I primarily use Linode for hosting a few small Rails apps. I like how I am able to manage everything myself in that regard. This has helped me by giving me a quick and easy place where I know I can go to to solve a problem.

What Virtual Private Servers (VPS) solution do you use?

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Linode review by <span>Douglas M.</span>
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"linode one of the top 3 vps hosts of the market"

What do you like best?

The simplicity in creating linodes, recreating, expanding, to do backups is the best, also the price/space-bandwidth. Also offers possibility to manage dns for all my registered domains in a single place. I already have ran jenkins, sonar, nginx, mysql, postgresql and others software and all ran without problems of performance.

What do you dislike?

Basically it offers you a shell with diverses linux with this you can do everything, but I would like to have also support for microsoft systems. Also will be cool if they have wizards more for newbie users to configure the linux, access fileserver and etc.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It basically offers a full access linux bash in a clean linux, you can do everything you want, but somethings are hard to configure like e-mails and others, then service solutions will be best in the case, but if you want full control and customizations linode is the right choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I had the problem to use local machines as my servers in my products, that had the problem of miss of energy or internet that can affect my customers, using cloud services solved it perfectly. Also make me more comfortable since i know it will be online, and I'll receive e-mails in case of pane like machine shutdown, memory/cpu high usage or disk without capacity and other reminders.

Linode review by <span>John B.</span>
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"Great VPS Provider"

What do you like best?

They're constantly improving their services and always passing those improvements onto existing customers for free. I started in 2011 with a 512MB $20/month VPS (their smallest option at the time) and still pay $20/month but they've since upgraded my RAM to 4GB, my transfer from 1TB to 3TB, and my storage from 20GB HDD to 48GB SSD. They're very proactive with security and keeping me updated about infrastructure notifications, but also keeping out of my way when it comes to me managing my server.

What do you dislike?

I'm not really sure. I think they provide a tremendous amount of value for the price and I've never had a single complaint about them. I guess the one area they could probably improve is by adding more storage to their plans, or perhaps adding a plan that's just meant for storage (something akin to Amazon s3?).

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need unmanaged VPS offerings, strongly consider Linode. They're fantastic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I need web hosting but want to control the platform and don't mind maintaining servers. Their VPS offerings are perfect for that.

Linode review by <span>Ivan I.</span>
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"The grandfather brand for your Business Cloud"

What do you like best?

Linode provides a various of Datacenter location, far from Dallas to Japan, London to Singapore. The best thing is, these DCs provide a geographical advantages, allowing companies to locate their servers to the nearest point for suiting their needs. In addition, Managed service is also a notable point that Linode provides, warmly taking care of the servers you rent. You will just need to raise a ticket, and the team will taken care of the task for you.

Moreover, hourly billing is a big plus. Unlike traditional providers, Linode's hourly billing rate is a great advantage for mission-critical tasks, while this drastically decrease the billing burden for companies, it also gives a spacious zone for developers to go on with their project, without worrying afterward billings.

What do you dislike?

About what my dislikes to Linode... If I have to talk about it, it would be the pricing, and security.

First on pricing, it is hugely disappointed when Linode cut off their discount for old clients, while the existing ones are not affected, new customers to Linode are unable to enjoy annual/biannual discount. Also there is rare to see Linode have promotions, it's a bit disappointed that customers are not able to enjoy welcome discounts.

Second on the security, Linode has been hacked a several times, this gives me uncomfortable to do business with them, however I still not desired alternative provider, Linode seems is my last resort for now.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for stable, big brand, Linode is your first choice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

The grandfathered brand gives us alot of faith in business with Linode, and also staying with them. Not only because of the brand reputation, also the stable service they provided in the past, that mostly builds our confidence to Linode.

Linode review by <span>Patrick H.</span>
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"Solid Service"

What do you like best?

It's affordable, scalable, and reliable. I also love that they have data centers spread out across the United States so we can become geographically diverse pretty easily - and quickly. Launching off a new node or upgrading existing nodes is really easy and you would be hard pressed to find a more cost effective solution.

What do you dislike?

You really need to be a developer to use this solution. The learning curve is that of a sysadmin. If you cannot work in command line then you will probably have trouble with Linode. Their admin isn't sexy but it gets the job done. It really has the look and feel of an IT product in that respect. I don't like that they do not have their own server management software in place. It doesn't have to be cPanel but they certainly need something better than what they have if they want to appeal to the maximum number of potential customers out there. Implementing SSLs was a little bit of a pain but we got through it.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I'd make sure you find yourself a good admin software like Server Pilot. You are going to be doing a lot of work in command line so if you are comfortable there you will love this.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We are able to make our infrastructure more robust and affordable. It also offers backups and load balancers so that we can mitigate risk of ddos and geographical latency issues.

Linode review by <span>Adam H.</span>
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"An great VPS hosting platform for anyone happy using a raw server"

What do you like best?

Uptime is great, value for money is great, support is really good. Decent choice in both data center locations and VPS sizes.

Backup service is also reliable and well priced

What do you dislike?

Would be good to have payment method other than credit card, also would be good to have attachable storage in the same way digital ocean does.

Recommendations to others considering the product

As long as your happy with a raw VPS then just do it.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I use linode for hosting client sites, a $40 VPS happily outperforms a $150 VPS with the big hosting companies.

Uptime is great, the majority of my servers have 100% uptime in the last 90 days. All clients are happy with performance, price (even including a margin for management) and reliability.

Linode review by <span>Matías B.</span>
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"Great Support and Always upgrading the Hardware specs"

What do you like best?

I've been Linode customer for 5 years with a dozen of servers - I love the fact that they give away free upgrades every year, SSD, double RAM, more CPU, etc.

Who doesn't want free upgrades?

Support is great, I've have hardware failures, DDoS, SPAM abuse complaints etc, and they have been always great.

What do you dislike?

Documentation is not on par with digital ocean, but I can still read digital ocean how-to so no big deal

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you have a large system that requires a few server, consider the managed serviced is $100/server.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a few shared hosts using CPANEL

We have suiteCRM / sugarCRM hosting in there with big customers (10K invoices per month / 500K customer database)

Linode review by <span>Susam P.</span>
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"Highly Reliable; Great Support"

What do you like best?

I have been using Linode for 5 years now and I have experienced almost no downtime. The only downtime I experienced were scheduled ones related to upgrades where I was notified about the upgrade plan with clear and precise instructions well in advance and I could choose when to perform the upgrade at my own convenience.

They also have a support channel on IRC which is great for interacting with Linode staff and users in realtime and getting issues resolved faster. However, note that this is not an official support channel. Their official support available in the Linode Manager site is also great.

Another good thing about Linode is that it comes with a very easy to use DNS manager, at no extra cost, where one can maintain multiple domain zones. The domain zone configuration options are pretty standard and allows configuration of SOA, NS, MX , A/AAAA, CNAME, TXT and SRV records.

What do you dislike?

Linode is not the cheapest VPS hosts available out there, although I don't mind paying a little extra for the great reliability and support they offer.

Although it is very easy to setup, making major configuration changes like resizing disks etc. could be simplified further. The current process requires going through detailed instructions, that needs to be understood and followed precisely.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are hosting websites, you might want to set Linode Name Servers (ns1.linode.com, ns2.linode.com, etc.) as the nameservers for your domain and then use the DNS Manager available within Linode Manager to configure DNS A records to map your desired domain names to the IP address of your Linode VPS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I host MathB.in (http://mathb.in) on Linode which is a math pastebin used by IRC channel users, university students and others who like to share math snippets.

Linode review by <span>Matteo T.</span>
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"Linode review"

What do you like best?

I've choosen linode for two primary factors

The first one is assistance: the assistance is only via ticket system, no phone calls or other systems, that take a lot of time in bot customer and assistance side. Every time i've opened a ticket i've got response in minutes 5-15 minutes at every time of day or night. People taking assistance is very prepared in every filed.

The second point is perfromance. Offering all VPS on SSD servers the performance as can you image boost up, and another thing is that the assure you quality of service. In this sense they assure you for example that each server manage a max number or vps, for example if you buy a little vps you are hosted on server with at maximum 40 other VPS, if you buy a bigger vps you are migrated on servers with at maximum of 20 VPS hosted on hit.

My personal uptime is around 99,99%, every incident is managed by they self without contact me, and every time there's an incident they contact custmer to update about the status of fixup.

I've used other services like: load balancers, backup and slave DNS. All these services had worked like a charm.

I love them!

What do you dislike?

The only thing i disapopint a bit, is that you can't install your own distribution (i tried to install PfSense but i wasn't able to do that) and that they don't offer Windows installation VPS, that should be necessary in some cases.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you don't need Windows server, or paritcular distribution, Linode has all you need to manage you infrastrucutre in some click.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Before using linode, we got all our VPS hosted on our server in a datacenter, but after some years the server become smaller, and we got to decide what to do: buy new servers or migrate to external virtual infrastructure?

With private servers we had got to manage all infrastructure and incident, and obviusly pay the housing in datacenter for our infrastructure.

Migrating to linode we had reduced our cost by 50% and boosted performance.

Linode review by Administrator in Design
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"A solid VPS provider"

What do you like best?

Linode has what many cheap VPS providers do not have, a native load balancer. This allows me to easily setup a load balanced web server without having to add additional servers to manage the balancing. It helps when doing updates and testing to be able to remove single servers out of the mix and re-add.

What do you dislike?

Linode has had a few instances of downtime in the past couple years, which lasted a decent amount of time. I also dislike how they had, at least at once point, a pretty low threshold for IO Ops, resulting in me getting notifications that I was over utilizing the VPS by simply doing a reindex of an ElasticSearch install on a 2gb instance.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Evaluate your uptime needs before you make a decision. Other than that, it's been fantastic.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Working for an agency, we have many clients that solve many problems. Our largest client on Linode is a big publishing magazine.

Linode review by <span>Raymond H.</span>
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"Affordable quality hosting"

What do you like best?

They provide good quality VPSs for very affordable prices. Their support is also great. It's super easy to spin up a new linode and if you only need it for a short time it hardly costs anything. This frees you up to test different setups and machine specs easily and cheaply.

What do you dislike?

They've been under major attack since Christmas which has resulted in a lot of down time. While I understand this can happen to anyone, it's been a major inconvenience and has made us and many of our clients which rely on our servers being up question our setup.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Don't get hung up on the fact that they were taken down deter you from using them. They were specifically targeted and are gaining an even stronger, more stable network as a result. If you need a cluster setup, try to find ways of spreading your servers across multiple locations in case a single location is brought down.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Affordable hosting for web-based software.

Linode review by <span>Tom S.</span>
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"LInode is great for Virtual Servers"

What do you like best?

- Servers are quick to provision

- Servers are not oversold

- Downtime is rare except for the recent DDOS attack which would have taken any hosting provider down

- Ample supply of servers at each datacenter

- Servers & Plans are updated regularly with new hardware / features at no additional cost or reduced cost

- Support has been quick and friendly in the few cases I've needed them to look at something

What do you dislike?

- No private subnet option like AWS has

- Backup images can only be used in the same datacenter as the existing server

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you are looking for a virtual private server provider you really can't go wrong with Linode. The feature-set they provide is comparable to other big players such as Digital Ocean and they update their infrastructure regularly.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We provide a Software-as-a-Service application to small/medium/large firms in the real estate sector. Using Linode allows us to scale virtual servers easily to accommodate that need.

Linode review by <span>Disa J.</span>
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"Good interface plus options for setting up your own VPS machines."

What do you like best?

I like that Linode puts virtually all the power into your hands to configure machines as you like from the start. When you have custom software or security concerns, there's nothing like going with your sense of an ideal configuration for that solution.

What do you dislike?

They will never have the same level of enterprise-ready infrastructure as AWS. Does that really matter? In some business circumstances, yes. Mostly though, Linode is fine and much more fun than AWS.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Linode has had some DNS issues in the past, and were recently subject of a DDoS attack, which caused me some grief for a day. They are capable of getting straightened out. They will never be as stable for critical infrastructure as AWS. Unless you really need AWS though, Linode is perfectly great and actually easier to use.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I host applications written in a variety of frameworks and use Linode to virtual host a bunch of apps and clients, plus I'll dedicate a single Linode box for those clients that require to be separated for privacy and security reasons.

Linode review by <span>Justin T.</span>
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"Linode is my favorite choice for vps hosting"

What do you like best?

Linode has a very clear and powerful vps management interface which I find to be the best compromise between features and flexibility. Linode also helps maintain (and incentivizes) a community based documentation system which is far better than any hosting companies documentation that I've ever seen, I would even reference their docs for people not using Linode since the information is largely universal.

What do you dislike?

Linode is not the cheapest and the fanciest of vps hosts, there are two other big players in the market that are very popular. Linode seems to keep their prices reasonable by not offering the most incredible management interface, although it is good and it's KISS style can be very helpful. Linode could be cheaper like one of it's competitors but the Linode support team is pretty awesome and I wouldn't want to sacrifice that for the bottom of the barrel.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It is super easy to get started with an inexpensive node and try different things and they are super easy to start and stop anytime.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am currently using Linode for my personal website as well as for a server I use for a variety of experiments and as a work horse for when I need a linux server anytime.

Linode review by <span>Andrew S.</span>
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"Incredible value for your dollar"

What do you like best?

It's very simple to spin up new server. They are fast and inexpensive. I've never had performance problems with my Linode VPS. I appreciate that they offer an API that I intend to hook into via Ansible to provision servers.

What do you dislike?

Lately it seems like there have been a lot of critical Xen Maintenance work to be done that require server reboots. Since I'm unable to schedule these reboots, it's very hard for me minimize downtime. For instance if our web and database servers are scheduled to reboot at different times, that's potentially two hours of downtime, possibly not even in the same day. That's frustrating for our customers.

There has also been a DDOS attack on Linode lately which although it isn't their fault, it has been causing intermittent slowdowns and downtime for us. Any provider can be susceptible to this but I think larger more expensive hosting providers like Rackspace might be able to mitigate it easier.

Recommendations to others considering the product

I have not used their managed services but it is available and as we grow as a company that is more likely.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

All of my personal and business hosting is done through Linode. I love the flexibility of having my own VPS rather than shared hosting where I might not be able to run all the apps I currently run.

Linode review by <span>Andrew H.</span>
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"Lean, mean, server hosting machine."

What do you like best?

Linode gets the job done. Very easy for our development team to get up and running initially. Spinning up new servers or expanding our current server capacity/storage only take a few clicks. I personally find a lot of value in the automated emails when your servers hit certain usage thresholds.

The reporting tools are very visual and easy to understand as well, and the price is very, very affordable for what you get.

What do you dislike?

If we ever need to add compliance to our servers, such as PCI or ISO, we will need to switch to a different provider, as they do not offer these certificates.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Linode has their niche. They aren't sexy when it comes to add-on features, security certificates, managed hosting, etc. However, they get the job done at a cheap price, and easy set up/maintenance.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

- Reliable hosting

- Quick implementation and management

- Scalable server stack in the cloud

Linode review by <span>Carlos A.</span>
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"A good experience with a great provider"

What do you like best?

Good performance of VPS and broadband speed, also, good stability and great customer support.

I don't had problems with frequency, but the times I needed help, they provide me good and fast support.

What do you dislike?

Don't have an storage solution like S3 from Amazon

Recommendations to others considering the product

Linode is a good provider and cost effective, you can deploy small application using his cheapest VPS and that will work great. Also, you have the capability to scale from that VPS to a bigger one in only few minutes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am hosting different kind of application using different programming languages for my own use and for my clients.

For example, I am hosting Django applications, Ruby on rails Application and few other different programming languages.

Also, I was hosting email servers for my clients.

Linode review by <span>Jeff E.</span>
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"Solid, reliable VPS service at reasonable prices."

What do you like best?

Solid performance at a good price. Although competitors occasionally drop below Linode's prices, they've remained consistently competitive and now offer some of the lowest prices in the established VPS market. That "established" part is important, because it's always easy to find a random startup that's selling cheap VPS instances. Linode has been around for a long time, and it seems to be healthy with responsive customer service.

What do you dislike?

The lack of an extremely low-end instance for small but isolated support applications can be frustrating if you're building out prototypes. DigitalOcean's $5 512MB instance is just right for a lot of lightweight apps, but Linode's smallest offering is $10 for 2MB. other than that, however, it's hard to find fault.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Our midsized digital agency needs hosting infrastructure for our assorted web sites and custom applications. Linode lets us run the show without taking on responsibility for physical hardware.

Linode review by <span>Yehuda K.</span>
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"Best service ever from a virtual host provider"

What do you like best?

Linode provides incredible VPS service and they let you control everything. Some other VPS providers require you to autoconfigure the network or limit your choice of kernel or distribution, but Linode puts it all in the customer's hands. I have been using Linode for more than 6 years and they have upgraded my systems several times for free.

What do you dislike?

It's too bad they got rid of the old plans where you could pay for longer periods of time for a discount.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's too bad you missed the old plans with multi-year discounts, but Linode is still the best out there when it comes to VPS.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Linode for any site for which shared hosting would not be sufficient, but a local server would be overkill.

Linode review by <span>Daniel C.</span>
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"Cheap but insecure"

What do you like best?

Linode is relatively stable, and their pricing is good for the performance they offer. They have a long history, and they are not likely to go out of business soon.

What do you dislike?

Linode has an extremely poor record of security. They and their customers have been hacked through vulnerabilities in their software. This is extremely unnerving, and we're moving to get off Linode. Their web interface also feels pretty dated, though that is not the main reason why we wanted to get away from them.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Consider very carefully if you or your customers can afford to be compromised by another Linode breach.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We wanted to host a website on a stable, cost effective platform.

Linode review by <span>Milad N.</span>
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"Easy to use, great pricing"

What do you like best?

I have always loved Linode from the moment we chose to go with it.

The process of choosing a server location and configuration is very easy. Linode has a wide range of operating systems available and makes deploying them as easy as a single click of a button. The tools it offers for monitoring (called Longview) are just awesome: they are what they are advertised to be and are as minimal and easy-to-use as possible.

The node balancing feature is implemented very intuitively and you can choose to node-balance between various plans you have purchased based on different metrics.

The other thing I really like is the flat rate it applies to costs, so that you have a very clear view of your costs since the very beginning.

What do you dislike?

Managed features are somewhat expensive. Invoicing is also done in the background and I don't get as much transparency into that as I would like, unless I go to my dashboard and check it manually.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Compare its pricing with the rest of the world. You get to choose your own setup, you get to pick the exact configuration you want. And you get to pay for your uptime at a flat rate. Isn't that just awesome? Otherwise, you would have had bring a calculator to the table, just to figure out your basic operating costs for your server nodes.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I deployed a scalable solution to a number of nodes and they are right now facing the user base. They are basically preconfigured CentOS instances and are configured to run a Java box.

Linode review by <span>James B.</span>
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"Good Product - needs UI/UX Overhaul"

What do you like best?

I like the advanced features and ability to essentially do whatever you want with your vps - including custom os loading - and I also like the potential of glish.

What do you dislike?

The ui/ux - not confusing - just not modern - needs an overhaul in order to really compete with digitalocean as well as aws.

Get rid of stack scripts and let's start getting some one click deploys - stackscripts are great - but they should be used in terms of meta data provided during launch - eg like digital ocean user-data

Recommendations to others considering the product

it's great - just know what your doing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

automation - server administration - so the same things are not repeated over and over!

Linode review by Administrator in Internet
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"Highly customizable and excelent value"

What do you like best?

Linode has excellent support which is always reachable either via ticket or even in their IRC channel. They have a flexible product line and you can always up or down-grade (a lot of providers do not allow downgrades). Pricing is simple, clear and there are no hidden costs. The control panel although old is straight forward and well layed out. You can select mount points for disks and kernels which are things you can't do at many of their competitors. The instances are quickly setup and have little to no downtime. IPv6 is also fully supported as well as an un-metered private LAN within each datacenter. Bandwidth is also pooled across all nodes which is awesome.

What do you dislike?

Communication is slow when it comes to major incidents. Customers are left in the dark and little information is provides. Such a the DDOS attack over the 2015 holidays. As of today (Jan 13th, 2016) no information other than there was an attack has been provides.

I wish they would support booting from ISO or iPXE. It would also be very cool if the offered a private network across availability zones.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give them a try, cost is low as they offer hourly billing.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am able to host sites across the world simply and effectively at a fair price. I no longer have the need to co-locate my own hardware which saves a lot of money and time.

Linode review by <span>Jonas F.</span>
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"My review of Linode in comparision to Digital Ocean"

What do you like best?

The customer support! Spot on, really quick and very helpful. It doesn't matter if its your own hacky code that you've messed with. They sure take a look and try their best to fix said issues. Additionally I really like the management UI to control your instances and VPS'. Last but not least, since august they also offer a data center in Germany!

What do you dislike?

Even though it's really fast Gigabit network (40Gbps), I had some latency issues from inland connections. Not sure if this was just a general issue with a peering somewhere in the network road or if it's an issue on Linodes side.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Usually I need small VPS instances for web projects.

Linode review by Consultant in Information Technology and Services
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"One of the best VPS hosts out there for the technically-minded"

What do you like best?

Linode's core product is simply a Linux virtual server. You pick hardware and software and get a root prompt, and the rest is up to you. For those who are comfortable with this, they offer some of the best performance and price points of any large hosting provider.

Their support is amazingly fast to answer tickets, and usually pretty helpful.

A geographically diverse set of options for server locations means that it's not hard to set up redundant systems to ensure fast response times & protect against a datacenter going down.

What do you dislike?

They can be very opaque when it comes to explaining security problems and the like. For example, they are currently going through a series of DDoS attacks aimed at their entire infrastructure, and information on this has been rare. They're doing an excellent job at battling it but some more communications would be nice. The same goes for individual server issues as an alert that simply notes "problems" is useless for me. Thankfully I've been able to contact some engineers directly who can provide more insight into whatever might be happening.

Their backup service is great, but can only be restored to another Linode. If you don't want vendor lock-in, use a 3rd-party provider for backups.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need help running a Linux server, this probably isn't for you. If you know what you're doing then this is one of the best options.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I host several large websites on Linode for my clients and have found that when compared to AWS or other similar providers, I get better performance, uptime, and costs with Linode.

Linode review by <span>Alyssa M.</span>
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"Amazing documentation, great community"

What do you like best?

I love all the detailed documentation. As a newbie setting up my server, the documentation was super helpful. There's also a pretty great community so it's pretty easy to find answers to any issue you may run into.

What do you dislike?

The interface isn't amazing, but I think it's pretty clean and straightforward, still easy to navigate.

Recommendations to others considering the product

It's a really great product with great support. I'd say be ready to read a lot of documentation, but that's to be expected.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I used this as my own personal server for personal projects and websites. It's been a great learning experience for someone new to setting up servers.

Linode review by <span>Emeka O.</span>
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"Simple environment to work with and they offer future-proof security"

What do you like best?

Linode is scalable beyond anything I could ever use. It also has all the functionality I would need no matter how complex my application becomes. The pricing is really easy to understand

What do you dislike?

Very fewer services when compared with AWS, Google Cloud Platform or Azure. Services are inclined towards the application server.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Linode helps me manage all our software projects with confidence.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

It is most economical option to host the website. If you are looking into hardware and technology, all expectations are met

Linode review by <span>Erik R.</span>
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"Loyal user who grew with from 20 USD to 1000 USD per month"

What do you like best?

Simple scaling, every time I thought about moving to another provider they upgraded everything (SSD storage, doubled RAM). Has everything my web service needs for scaling. Super simple and cheap load balancers, fast servers and quick scaling. Really simple pricing (AWS looking at you). Been really pushing my hardware to the max.

What do you dislike?

Can't pick and choose resources, a high-RAM server will have 1 TB of disk, which is a waste if it uses redis... The backup product is does not work well in high-load environments (for example a database server apparently...).

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting of my web services. feeder.co

Linode review by Agency in Information Technology and Services
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"Great cheap self-managed hosting produc"

What do you like best?

Linode is reliable, cheap, and fast. Great specs at a great price. Backups and control panel are also nice.

I did a lot of research before ultimately choosing this product over Digital Ocean and a few other alternatives.

One thing that's a great leg up over DO is the pooled bandwidth - your bandwidth is pooled across all your instances which is awesome.

What do you dislike?

Better fully managed options would be great. They do have professional services unlike Digital Ocean which is really nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Great company. Have made recent improvements to their hardware / specs that make them even more competitive. Definitely best choice vs. DO having used both (DO has a beautiful interface, but Linode is run by the real nerds who get the space)

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We use Linode to stream video files in a very cheap manner. Bandwidth is pennies on the dollar vs. S3 and the ilk

Linode review by <span>Adam B.</span>
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"Linode Excels as a VPS Provider"

What do you like best?

Linode offers a great solution for VPS hosting. They offer high-end VPS configurations, excellent customer service, and advanced features. The option of having managed VPS's is also enticing for some clients.

Linode has had steady upgrades and uses SSD storage.

The built-in monitoring tools are great.

What do you dislike?

Linode isn't as cheap as other offerings, but the added features and higher-end hardware more than make up for the difference.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Linode is an excellent VPS provider for someone looking to have top notch hardware and service. It's not the cheapest VPS provider, but it may be the best.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I am hosting client sites on Linode. The service has been rock solid since day 1 and the additional support options and monitoring tools have helped my clients peace of mind in the hosting choice.

Linode review by <span>Anatoly G.</span>
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"great starter service, but look for more advanced features to grow"

What do you like best?

SSD-only servers offer great performance, easy to set up and manage.

What do you dislike?

RAM, Storage and CPUs are in lock-step with one-another, which means if you're bound on any of those, you can't choose a different configuration favoring the constrained resource.

Recommendations to others considering the product

if you need just IaaS, it's fine. Other providers offer more custom compute units which may fit your use cases better.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We used Linode for hosting our SaaS application until we needed different types of compute units. Performance was great, so was the pricing, we ended up using Linode for about a year.

Linode review by Administrator in Program Development
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"Solid top notch VPS "

What do you like best?

I find Linode's servers to be one of the fastest available. All in all the service works wonderfully and allows to do what ever I need to.

What do you dislike?

I find everything on Linode to be a little outdated, and have therefore started to use their competitor for newer projects.

First of all the website and administration tools look and feel quite outdated, but also the lack of ready built stacks is not ideal. I don't find the scripts to be maintained well enough to use them in the long run.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I run multiple smaller websites and web applications. Before I had a few larger VPS's running multiple apps each, but have since started using a dedicated VPS for each app, so easy setup and maintenance is extra crucial to me.

Linode review by <span>Javier M.</span>
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"Fast, comprehensive, scalable and affordable"

What do you like best?

It's super easy to spin up an instance, bring it down, scale it both ways, and get running with whatever your favorite distro is.

What do you dislike?

The control panel could use a UI refresh.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Give it a try, it's super convenient and easy to get started.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting servers for various applications, either web, or app backends, up to mail servers and stuff.

Linode review by <span>Daniel H.</span>
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"A serious hosting provider with solid servers"

What do you like best?

Support is always lightening quick, fast servers with many location choices.

I like that they are always making their infrastructure better at no extra cost to users. Now we have SSD, KVM etc.

What do you dislike?

The web management UI could do with an updated look.

Docker integration would be nice.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Lindoe have been around for years and can be trusted. Super good support and solid servers. They are always going the extra mile.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Providing fast and reliable web hosting to my clients and as VPN for business use.

Linode review by <span>Justin P.</span>
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"Linode review for small SaaS app"

What do you like best?

Easy. Cheap. Completely under my control. No admin crap to get in the way, just me and the OS.

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Linode is exactly what I need. Maybe more proactive system updates, but that's kind of the point of Linode...it's all up to you.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it. There are no surprises.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Plain, simple hosting. There are no real limitations. Full access to the shell without any management is what I need, in order to build what I need to build.

Linode review by <span>Philip H.</span>
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"Fantastic virtual host provider."

What do you like best?

Linode is straight forward and easy to understand. It's like EC2, but makes more sense. It's a little more tied to the hardware than EC2, but for 99% of us that's perfectly okay and makes some things simpler. I've used them for 9 years and they are very reliable and have had lots of useful upgrades (to hardware, but also features).

What do you dislike?

Nothing. I suppose at the very beginning I didn't like that they didn't have FreeBSD, but hardly worth complaining about.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Reliable hosting solution for our business. No one wants to maintain their own hardware anymore. We take advantage of their private network for faster networking between our machines and their front end node balancers to distribute load to our web servers.

Linode review by <span>Kyle C.</span>
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"Wonderful VPS, with extremely good service."

What do you like best?

Linode provides consistent updates and upgrades to your VPS while maintaining the price point. Their service is completely top notch. Any issues will be dealt with promptly.

What do you dislike?

The pricing used to be monthly instead of usage based, That is why i left, because I wanted to have the drop in costs by only running the server at limited times and being charged for that. Linode has since changed their policy, and does this. I would love to return, but I just haven't had time.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Do it. Really do it. Linode is a very good service, I can't speak highly enough for their service and support.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We were looking for distributed build and test servers, Linode provided us with high-availability at a reasonable price.

Linode review by Administrator
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"Cheap but wonderful!"

What do you like best?

Service is very very cheap, but quality is wonderful!

What do you dislike?

Nothing. Same user could have problems, but it's IT World!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Create a development environment where deploy and test web application, whitout spend a lot of money.

Linode review by <span>Mayank J.</span>
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"Quality servers, fantastic dashboard!"

What do you like best?

I have used Linode recently and in the past. Their servers are always top notch, the dashboard offers amazing features like cloning, images, etc and the out of bound SSH access is just icing on the cake.

What do you dislike?

I would want to see a mobile app through which I could manage my Linodes

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

With Linode, I have ability to spin up low cost dedicated instances for experimentation. Create images & you'll never have to set them up again. Saves time & money. Much more cost effective than EC2

Linode review by <span>Mohamad E.</span>
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"Great VPS and Excellent Support Service"

What do you like best?

We switched to Linode after our host provider decided to discontinue the VPS business and gave us 45 days notice. So, for us, choosing Linode as our VPS host made perfect sense: (1) have been around over 10+ years, (2) Great support service, (3) Granular product offering, and price-wise, they are very reasonable.

We are a technology company, so we know one or two things about setting up Linux servers, but I have to admist, Linode support documentation was a great resource that I find myself going back to often.

Over the years, I have been in touch with Linode support personnel, and that happens when things are not going right. The support staff are very helpful, knowledgeable, polite and professional.

What do you dislike?

Linode recent offer to upgrade (double memory) for small Linode VPS excluded us because we are using 32-bit kernel.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Hosting main website and an application web service.

Linode review by <span>Jeff M.</span>
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"Solid hosting platform, decent control panel"

What do you like best?

Backup and restore solution that captures the entire VM. Speedy support response.

What do you dislike?

Lack of availability in Tokyo data center. Their DNS takes a while to replicate changes.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Solid platform, recommended.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Solid hosting platform, Japan location (they have many others)

Linode review by <span>Rio A.</span>
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"Great Service and Fantastic Support Team"

What do you like best?

The Linode support team is fantastic, they are very responsive and know what they are doing. I've been using Linode for several years and very satisfied.

I like the ability to create another account for different purpose on the Linode Manager. It's a great feature.

What do you dislike?

The API need to be improved and also the dashboard interface

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I'm using it to host my personal web hosting which consist of several personal websites and client websites.

Linode review by User in Computer Software
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"Simple, Stable & Customizable server provider"

What do you like best?

We've moved our servers from Liquidweb to Linode exactly one year ago and for 11 months it has been a smooth ride with almost 100% uptime. In December '15 Linode was under several DoS attackes which caused frustration among our customer base. We will be staying with Linode for 2016.

What do you dislike?

Sudden price change from $5 to $10/month. Repetitive DoS

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We needed a server provider for our SaaS application.

Linode review by Administrator in Internet
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"The best of its range"

What do you like best?

The support guys are the best! On the other hand, they have a good blog, in which you can find a lot of resources.

What do you dislike?

Nothing! Really, We love Linode and their servers!

Recommendations to others considering the product

The best support, the best SSD HD and they enlarge their servers for free!

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

We have a little ISP for our clients and they have the best ISP with the best support and services because we work with Linode.

Linode review by Administrator in Internet
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"Gets the job done, but occasional hiccups"

What do you like best?

The price is right for a small machine - think hosting a personal website / having just a small instance in the cloud to muck around with.

What do you dislike?

There have been a few bad experiences over the years with downtime - once, the time between Pingdom telling me my webserver isn't responding and Linode acknowledging a hardware issue was 40 minutes. Yuuuck.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Relatively stable, my same instance has been up for years without much maintenance after I set it up. The admin interface is pretty nice.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Just hosting a personal website.

Linode review by <span>Joe D.</span>
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"not the best not the worst"

What do you like best?

simple pricing

cheap

modern user interface

What do you dislike?

lack of instance type

sometime i wanna try something. their cheapest instance type is not so cheap

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

just general purpose, website hosting or worker

Linode review by <span>John G.</span>
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"Excellent"

What do you like best?

The speed at which you can get up and running and the level of support.

What do you dislike?

Not as elastic as heroku but much less cost prohibitive.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Absolutely, would highly recommend Linode over other services like Amazon EC2

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

Platform resourcing.

Linode review by <span>Steven S.</span>
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"Awesome servers, Excellent Tech Support, Great Pricing"

What do you like best?

Setup is fast and easy. Chose from about one dozen Linux distributions and click "go". It's easy to configure virtual disks and to have multiple configurations within one Linode container. The tech support is excellent. They answer your questions correctly, reliably, and usually without a lot of back and forth. The pricing is very good every year something doubles -- disk space, number of processors, memory -- without a bump in price.

What do you dislike?

It would be nice to have an SSD option for a virtual disk partition, although I haven't yet run into any performance issues.

Recommendations to others considering the product

If you need a Linux server in the cloud, Linode providers better numbers than Rackspace at a lower cost.

Linode review by User in E-Learning
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"Excellent hosting company"

What do you like best?

Great servers and customer servers. The speed improvements over my previous host were incredible and it was about the same price.

What do you dislike?

I've never had a negative experience with Linode. Customer service reps are polite and knowledgeable.

Recommendations to others considering the product

Read the docs on their website.

What business problems are you solving with the product? What benefits have you realized?

I needed better servers and I found them with Linode.

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