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Linode helps users simplify cloud infrastructure with Linux virtual machines and tools to develop, deploy, and scale applications.Linode aims to make virtual computing more accessible, affordable, and simple. The vendor states the Linode infrastructure-as-a-service platform is deployed across 11 global…

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7 out of 10
January 25, 2023
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What is Linode?

Linode helps users simplify cloud infrastructure with Linux virtual machines and tools to develop, deploy, and scale applications.

Linode aims to make virtual computing more accessible, affordable, and simple. The vendor states the Linode infrastructure-as-a-service platform is deployed across 11 global markets from data centers around the world and is supported by a Next Generation Network, advanced APIs, comprehensive services, and a library of educational resources. Linode products, services, and people aim to enable developers and businesses to build, deploy, and scale applications more easily and cost-effectively in the cloud.

Linode Features

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Features

  • Supported: Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
  • Supported: Dynamic scaling
  • Supported: Elastic load balancing
  • Supported: Pre-configured templates
  • Supported: Monitoring tools
  • Supported: Pre-defined machine images
  • Supported: Operating system support
  • Supported: Security controls

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Screenshot of Manage all of your Linode resources in one easy interface.Screenshot of In Cloud Manager, you can easily create Linode instances, managed Kubernetes clusters, add backups to your Linodes, deploy Marketplace Apps, create Object Storage buckets, and more.Screenshot of Deploy Kubernetes clusters with our fully-managed container orchestration engine.Screenshot of Dedicated CPU instances run on their own CPU cores in the Linode infrastructure. No sharing the processor with other instances.Screenshot of We're reshaping how cloud service providers are supporting partners. Our Partner Program provides a growth path for businesses to receive additional benefits as they scale the Linode Cloud.

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Linode Technical Details

Deployment TypesSoftware as a Service (SaaS), Cloud, or Web-Based
Operating SystemsUnspecified
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Supported CountriesGlobal
Supported LanguagesEnglish

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Linode starts at $0.

Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, and DigitalOcean are common alternatives for Linode.

Reviewers rate Usability highest, with a score of 9.4.

The most common users of Linode are from Small Businesses (1-50 employees).
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Panagiotis Karaberis | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Being an IT security consultant nowadays has lots of preparation steps you need to take to convince your clients to invest in it. Linode made my work so easy by launching specific workloads within minutes and demoing an overall environment no matter how complex it is, with a fraction of an on-prem infrastructure costs. Moreover, customers by seeing the simplicity of Linode, often are asking about migrating services/workloads to the cloud, which adds value to my work. VM creation, specific workloads (websites, WordPress, nginx, etc.) enterprise workloads (like databases, etc.) within minutes, enterprise backups within seconds, and security as a service within clicks!! Thank you so much Linode/Akamai!!
  • Easy to create resources
  • Unbeatable prices
  • Working entirely from a browser
  • Security from scratch
  • Migration from other cloud providers like AWS, Azure, GCP, etc.
  • Rethink pricing with a Pay-As-You-Go model instead of a resource allocation model, or at least extend the image creation to a much, much larger space (6GB nowadays is just very low...)
  • VNET integration similar to other cloud providers not supported (or at least easily)
  • Scripting environment to create/manage resources
5 stars for instant deployment, a much easier marketplace than other cloud providers, and ....... WAY LOWER PRICE per Linode VM!! Not so good integration with other cloud providers, or scripting environments like Terraform, etc. (uses its scripting environment). Even though the pricing is BY FAR THE LOWEST on all cloud providers, there is no easy way to "manage" VMs and share access to others easily and control what they can create (role-based access control to "account" in general). For startups, fast/instant PoC (Proof of Concepts) scenarios, are highly recommended!
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Linode server to host small web applications and integrations scripts. The web apps are access by the staff and the integration syncs data between our services.
  • Provisioning cloud servers
  • Kubernetes Orchestration
  • Unser Interface
  • Network Security
Linode is a great provider for companies that want to host a few applications. They have great IaaS solutions and are starting to move into PaaS with Kubernetes.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
As a CRM consulting business, I need to be able to quickly spin up demo systems from archives; download whole instances of servers; work remotely and have reliable and responsive support for any issues at the Linode end.

Linode has provided us with a great range of cloud solutions to meet our changing needs.

Well done Linode!
  • Cloud Block Storage for archive server
  • Rsync access from servers to local site and return
  • Immediate messaging for server bumps and the like
  • Since Linode met all my current needs, I believe they will meet them as our business changes
I was able to host CRM instances with backup included for $7 a month
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Linode in multiple ways, from specialized development platforms to SSH and VPN hosts to NextCloud servers.

It is very easy to create a new VM with Linode, install a particular Linux Distribution, and then customize the environment to suit the specific needs of that application or developer.

Some of the machines that we have created as development machines have gone on to become test and production machines, or other machines have been created as almost duplicates of those development machines.
  • Technical Support
  • Ease of creation
  • Ease of modification ( settings, etc )
  • Easy to allocate IP addresses, both IPv4 and IPv6.
  • Some of the documentation requires some hand-holding to get started. It does explain how to do things, but sometimes finding the answer takes work.
  • Some of the settings are not obvious, or in locations that are not completely clear without experience.
Linode provides a wide range of configurations and prices, suitable for many budgets and needs. They also have a lot of experience in providing these services for many years.

We have almost exclusively used Debian distributions for our work, but they offer a large number of other versions of Linux.

Beside "raw" distributions of Linux, they also offer other VMs containing specialized installations of a variety of applications, such as Wordpress, Drupal and Docker.
Jordan Jeffreys | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Linode has enabled us administer and analyze data in a very reliable manner. This tool has the capability to control all the networking systems in the whole organization ensuring that all operational applications collaborate effectively for the betterment of the company. It is also very cost effective and its functions and capabilities are easily customizable based on the load and requirements. Our organization uses Linode to ensure there is an effective cloud computing infrastructure and use it to host our websites. It has the ability to scale resources depending on the organizational need at the given time .
  • Variety of servers and options to choose from.
  • Scalability; ease to reduce and expand server with less effort.
  • Pocket friendly prices
  • Customer support is very responsive
  • Lack of presence and availability in different locations.
  • Another area of improvement is it needs support for multiple operating system.
  • Apart from the above there is nothing else .
Linode is very cost effective tool compared to other tools as it is also able to setup custom tech stacks for instance spin-up VMS unlike Amazon Web Services, Oracle Cloud etc. This tool server is very solid and fast, it rarely goes down or has any issues in regard to performance. Linode has a highly-secured, reliable and easy to deploy servers suitable for organizations that are data sensitive.
Giuseppe Nucifora | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I’m use a lot of Linode services such us LKE, Load balancer, certificate manager and database as a service. My use case is a white label software which is served to many customers. The service is very reliable.
  • Pricing
  • Reliable service
  • Simple use
  • User and permission management
Linode is very huge service for companies that needs certain price and stable service.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Linode has been the easiest server solution we've used: zero uptime issues, zero performance issues, and zero hassle setting up the environment. Linode had plenty of guides tailored to setting up their server for our use case, and we could get speedy support whenever we needed it, such as opening ports for mailing. Whenever maintenance occurs on Linode's behalf, it has always been done before we've even been able to notice and we've experienced next to no downtime related to regular maintenance. Linode was also priced extremely competitively and cheaper than our previous solution. Overall, I have absolutely no complaints with Linode as the person who is in charge of setting up and maintaining our infrastructure with them.
  • Uptime
  • Maintenance
  • Support Response TImes
  • Performance
  • High Upper Bandwidth Limits
  • None
Linode has been well suited for us for web hosting as even their cheapest shared hosting plan has been leaps and bounds more performant than shared web hosting provided by other companies. I cannot attest to situations where Linode wouldn't be as applicable, but for those looking for a very affordable solution to web hosting for those who need a proper server and have the willingness to set up Linux, I fully believe that Linode will be perfect.
January 25, 2023

Linode review

Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
We currently use Linode servers in systems of critical level and high availability for our users and customers. We managed with Linode to have a high rate of performance in our services.
  • High performance servers
  • Excellent technical support
  • Web applications
  • Store highly sensitive data
I recommend it to everyone who asks me and who needs excellent support in the technological part or to run applications with high performance.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We host our CRM, marketing automation and other software tools for marketing, sales and operations.
We need international coverage.
  • Its easy to add services and resources
  • Its easy to talk to a human
  • It has reliability
For me in a small business this fits well. We can scale up and down easily. I have a server guy to do maintenance. There is a human customer service to talk to for billing issues. It has an international footprint - so that helps us.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We have been using Linode public cloud for various security experiments at the University of Waterloo SWAG lab. First, we assessed the benchmark of the cloud instances and scanned for default security mechanisms available in the public instance of Linode for research study purposes. We went on using Linode for processing our Kafka Stream events separately to determine its capacity and usage across our SWAG lab.
  • Default security updates
  • Efficient computing instances
  • Well defined admin panel to manage instances
  • Customer support
  • Estimate billing based on usages
  • S3 like bucket object
Linode is comparatively affordable to Azure and, GCP, AWS. For starters experiments, I would strongly suggest Linode as the best place to begin experimentation. Linode is very cost-effective for setting up custom tech stacks like LAMP or MEAN stack to deploy applications. Additionally, the documentation was really good for self-support users.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Linode for our SME IT consulting gigs, where we customize, deploy, and manage self-hosted solutions such as Ghost and Wordpress for our clients. These gigs usually have relatively small budgets and low infrastructure complexity but still, need a high level of support and relative performance — requirements which we found Linode to be satisfactory in.
  • Linux VMs.
  • Straightforwardness.
  • Support
  • Included DDoS protection.
  • Predictable pricing.
  • Data lag in VM analytics.
  • Lack of memory utilization chart in VM analytics.
  • VLAN still coming soon to East and Southeast Asia regions.
  • More one-click deploy app images.
I would go for Linode if the job requires a more straightforward, lean, and budget-conscious hosting solution compared to the bigger clouds like Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Platform, Microsoft Azure, Oracle Cloud, etc.; yet would require a more performant and reputable vendor with better support when the software being hosted is mission-critical or client-facing.
Score 3 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
LAMP stack hosting of websites.
  • Self service VMs
  • DNS management
  • Scale up and down
  • In my experience, in the past 3 months, the downtime in the London data centre has been regular and sustained with repeated +1 hour whole datacentre outages.
  • I feel the downtime disclosure is not very forthcoming. They need to provide better forensic detail of outages which have been way too regular in London Lately.
  • In my experience, a server disk fault resulted in the loss of a whole VM and all its data! They were unable to recover, so we needed to resort to our disaster recovery backups.
Great for LAMP stacks and quick spin-up VMS. Bad for critical infrastructure due to outages.
Eric Mintz | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We use Linode to host custom software applications that we write, to host websites, and to store off-site backups.
  • It's super easy-to-use - set up a complete virtual environment in a few minutes.
  • Linode is the ONLY service I know that will let you DOWNSIZE a VM - super useful.
  • The price is right - spin up any size server and add additional block storage if needed.
  • Object memory is cheap and integrates very well with S3 CLIs and applications.
  • I've been very happy with the knowledgeable and friendly customer service.
  • The more recent additions of a firewall and Kubernetes is a welcome plus.
  • The load balancer ("Load Balancer") service is easy to spin up and configure.
  • I'd love to see the ability to make snapshots, vs full backups only.
We do both software development and DevOps. In nearly EVERY case, Linode was a better fit for our clients than the "Big 3" competitors, based on Linode's simple, predictable pricing structure, and the ease of provisioning and configuring... which typically takes about 1/10 of the time compared to the "Big 3".
👨🏼‍💻 Roy Verrips | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
I've been with Linode for more than 10 years now. There was a short period of time about 8 years ago when they were hit with DDOS attacks. Their clear communication during that time was what kept me with them while many started switching to other services, but they've proven to be reliable ever since and I have never found any reason to move away from them. Their Virtual Servers are still cheaper (and less complicated to set up) than the "Big" players like AWS, Google Cloud, and Azure. For the last few years, I've deployed all my Linode services using - I'm not aware of any server deployment solution that could be more seamless.
  • Great Customer Support
  • Clear communication during major events
  • Slower to introduce "new" solutions such as S3 storage, Kubernetes, cloud functions, etc.
For a small number of single-purpose or bespoke virtual servers, Linode is my go-to solution. For something larger such as Kubernetes clusters, I would veer towards Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud, or Microsoft Azure.
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
I have used Linode for eight years between my company and other clients. Their servers are top-notch, and I rarely have issues. If I remember correctly, I've had two unexpected downtimes in the past eight years due to a server node issue, but the servers were back up within 30 minutes. Other than that, I have never had any problems. Servers are always at top performance and run great. I have servers to host my website clients and build servers for other website designers using Linode. They're solid as they come.
  • Server hosting.
  • Customer support.
  • Fast server hardware.
  • Maybe user-friendliness interface. I'm okay with their setup because I'm a tech, but companies like Digital Ocean seem to be a little more user-friendly.
Their server hardware is very solid and fast. I never have to worry about servers going down or any performance issues.
Rogerio Taques | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Linode is used to host a series of servers and databases for our SaaS products and customers' websites or e-commerces. They are, naturally, of different sizes, depending on the need of each service or customer. However, independently of the node size, they are all very powerful and generous in the number of resources.
  • Excellent support
  • Proactive maintenance
  • Fair price
  • Easy to install hosting panel (e.g HestiaCP) would be an exceptional improvement.
It is suitable for any case where the person who would administrate it has a bare minimum understanding of managing and maintaining servers. If you don't have such knowledge and cannot hire someone to help you with that, it might be better to find out another managed option. Linode also offers a managed account at a bit more expensive price.
Score 8 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We are a software company who uses Linode to host our own servers as well as selling the option to our customers to host our product with Linode.
  • Availability.
  • Options.
  • Ease of use.
  • Support response time during critical issues tends to be slow.
  • Often takes multiple tries to reach a rep who understands (or pays proper attention to) a question/problem.
  • Pricing.
Reliability, options, global data center locations.
Sheryl Villaroman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
We use Linode to provide e-learning platforms and services for our clients which are in the education, healthcare services, manufacturing, government and non-government institutions, the corporate, and many other organizations. Linode server is easy to deploy, it is highly secured, very cost-efficient, it helps our business grow through their incentives and discounts which other cloud providers don't offer, customer service is excellent they are friendly and responsive, and most of all servers are Linux-based, as we advocate Open Source Technology like Linux OS.
  • Security.
  • Customer Service.
  • Business Growth.
  • Continuous Improvements.
  • Highly Accessible Servers.
  • Offers a lot of plans to choose from.
  • Maybe some training offerings on their other products.
Linode is well suited for organizations who are looking for highly-secured, highly available, and easy to deploy servers.
Arthur Furlan | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
At Configr, we provide a PaaS solution that makes it easier for web professionals to migrate their websites from shared hosting to cloud hosting - and Linode supports all our website environments. Our customers do not have technical knowledge so they can count on us to make everything simpler and easier and with Linode to make his applications stable and fast.
  • High-performance cloud computing.
  • The best uptime on the market.
  • Simple to use cloud experience
  • Linode could add a Database managed service (DBaaS).
  • Linode could make the backup routines simpler to understand.
  • Linode could add live chat support for customers.
Linode is well suited for anyone who needs a great cloud performance and stability for an affordable price. Linode provides a simple-to-use cloud experience, while it ensures the best performance for an IaaS provider and a great uptime rate so you can have the best solution within the best cost-benefit rate.
Score 1 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
The card that was being used on the account was actually stolen a bit ago. When we reported it to the bank and went through the fraudulent charges with the bank teller, I guess we may have accidentally disputed ONLY 2-monthly charges from Linode out of my last 3 YEARS with the company. Instead of reaching out they instantly disabled services and are making me supply documents that are totally unscary for my situation. Not only that, but they keep saying they email me but their own system says it is having issues emailing me to notify me of tickets. Secondly, when I do email them back by replying directly to the ticket email, it just bounces back more than half of the time. All this for $40 out of the hundreds almost thousands I have spent with the company.
  • Nothing
  • Support
  • Trust and Safety
  • The whole company
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Jessica Hull | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Linode gives us cloud infrastructure services that contribute to innovative solutions to challenges we face as an organization. We have secured great cloud servers that store our data and any document in a safe system. Data administration and analysis is reliable with Linode. Data networking across our organization and cloud services that link to our company is stable.
  • Data backup and recovery
  • Data storage management
The performance of Linode is excellent and has never failed us on any day. It effectively monitors data from external sources and transforms it for business planning. It has a great backup and recovery system that gives our workforce team trust and more time to concentrate on more productive duties. It estimates the cost of project implementation and offers the best criteria of implementing tasks at minimum cost.
Score 7 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
We primarily use Linode for Linux servers for Web Applications. Customer-facing web portals allow customers self-service access to software downloads and to manage their licenses. Internal staff publish software installers, create a customer account, and issue licenses.
  • LAMP stack
  • Linux Servers
  • Quick Linux web application deployment
  • Uptime
  • Price
  • Quickstart templates
Linode Virtual Machines provide us [with a] quick and easy way to deploy web applications. The performance is great for small LAMP stack applications. Getting an application up and running fast is easy with Linode. A load-balanced solution spanning multiple data centers is recommended as Linode downtime though not often can be lengthy.
Sienna Miller | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
It is used across the entire organization to develop cloud computing infrastructure. It is easy and simple to deploy with Kubernetes clusters. It controls all the networking systems across the entire company to ensure that all operational applications correspond to each other effectively. The pricing of Linode is cheaper as compared to other cloud server management tools.
  • Data synchronization across the organization.
  • Controlling versions.
  • I have not identified any new feature that can be added.
  • The feature performance is reliable.
Linode has given us effective services in hosting our servers. It has high-security tools that protect our information from landing in the wrong channels. It monitors the performance of all activities coordinated from our servers and gives feedback to our engineers when there is a problem with our systems. It accounts for any data that is stored in our servers as well as information released to our company for planning.
Roseli Bianca | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Linode is a multi-cloud management system that can be more reliable for data synchronization, data analytics, and the Linode access control tools are effective. Linode is also available on a very friendly pricing module and its functions are easy on customization on the initial stage of usage. The hardware capability and the Linode features a speed of performance are excellent.
  • Excellent for company data recovery.
  • Great workflow approval solution.
  • Faster to move large data across websites.
  • Fully features for a new users is not that easy.
  • Migrating a group of data can be difficult.
  • Initial functionalities configuration can be more effective.
Linode itself is a very cheap tool and it has multiple benefits to all businesses, especially for easy data encryption, data back up, and the data recovery tools are excellent and effective. Linode can quickly move a group of different data with different formats across several platforms and very securely.
Gabrielle Conley | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User
Linode is used by all our departments to ensure that there is an effective cloud computing infrastructure. Our web designing team highly relies on this product to host most of our websites. It is reliable and the cost of hosting can be easily afforded by the most growing business enterprise. It has powerful security tools integrated into all systems that ensure our data is safe.
  • Multi-Cloud Management
  • Monitoring data.
  • Performance Analysis
  • The current features have effective performance.
  • I have not onserved any major challenge that can affect our data.
This product has very effective tools that streamline data management infrastructure. It gives our team access controls to all our websites from the cloud with secure coding. It manages all workflows and provides reliable backup and recovery options for any information that is useful in our company. The cost of maintenance is affordable and the learning curve can easily be managed by beginners.
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