Excellent Affordable & Reliable IaaS for Small Businesses/Hobbyists
March 15, 2021

Excellent Affordable & Reliable IaaS for Small Businesses/Hobbyists

David Ashman | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 10 out of 10
Vetted Review
Verified User

Overall Satisfaction with Linode

I've been using Linode for the past eight years to run a website hosting a wiki for a mobile video game. I needed something reliable, scalable, and affordable for a non-commercial project. I was able to use Linode to run my own database, web server, and web application for less than it would have cost to use those same services individually through other providers. The storage and bandwidth allowances were also more generous than competing offers.

Pros

  • Maintenance communication
  • Free upgrades
  • Intuitive management interface

Cons

  • I've had zero complaints over the past eight years
  • I was able to provide a stable service for over 1million MAU for only $20/month!
  • Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2)
The pricing wasn't even close. With EC2 you had to pay for every piece and I was afraid of network traffic driving my costs up. The management interface was also much less user friendly for a novice user.
I've had a few small questions over the years that were always answered in less than 24 hours. Their support has also reached out proactively for maintenance related issues and scheduled downtimes.
As a single developer running a personal project, Linode is exactly what I needed. I never have to worry about surprises in my monthly bill and the low tier instances are priced cheap enough that it's never something I worry about.
For a personal project with very little redundancy/failover, uptime of individual nodes is critical. I can only remember two occasions over eight years where there was an unexpected downtime, both of which only lasted a few minutes. I received great communication around both incidents via email about what went wrong and what was done to remediate the issue.
Linode has been great for building and testing applications with the ability to easily scale it up as load increases. For a small company/developer/enthusiast, Linode is everything I want - affordable, powerful, easy to get started, and stable.

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