Review - Linode for a tech startup...
March 30, 2021

Review - Linode for a tech startup...

Boon Eam Lim | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
Vetted Review

Overall Satisfaction with Linode

We are using Linode in many areas including company's staging/development server, email/web server, DNS, application server and email server/gateway, web server for customers. It's being used by the whole organization.
  • Predictable monthly cost (easy to plan and control).
  • Intuitive work flow and console (no/little learning curve).
  • Provide variants of Linux flavors (best choice for those using less popular distro).
  • The only IaaS that provide Gentoo distro out of the box (as far as I know).
  • Good customer services, friendly and polite (far better than the top 3 IaaS providers as of 2021).
  • Network performance. This is the only problem we're facing in Linode, not all nodes will faced the issue, but some nodes. In short, it's nearly 20% will be facing network performance issue in certain areas.
  • Price in additional storage ($0.10/GB) is too high compare to others.
  • Positive: predictable cost - fix monthly cost, no hidden cost.
  • Positive: cost effectiveness can be achieved (cheaper if using multiple servers architectural).
  • Negative: Not suitable for storage intensive application that cannot use the cheaper Object storage solution. If > 2TB, it'll be too costly.
  1. Predictable Cost - fix monthly price, less hidden charges (like outbound traffic, read/write activities, CPU credit...).
  2. Good Customer Service (one of the best compared to other IaaS in the market currently).
  3. Intuitive work flow on console (simplify things and increase productivity yet still strike the balance in security and reliability).
  4. Support various Linux distro out of the box (especially Gentoo).
Great customer service, helpful, friendly and polite!!
Cost wise: Linode save us nearly 85% of our infra cost in IT.
Development wise: Linode allows us quickly embark on a technical experiment or testing (saving opportunity cost, time saving).
Our services to customers are 24/7/365, definitely the uptime and reliability is crucial. So far, Linode can still meet our requirement. In short, it's one of the best choice to hit the balance of affordable price and reliable infra.
Alibaba Cloud Elastic Compute Service (ECS), Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS)
Development wise: Very suitable for those using less popular Linux distro. Suitable for testing/staging server.
Organization wise: Very suitable for organization's email/web/application server.
Customer wise: Very suitable to sell your SaaS as dedicated node to customer that may consume unpredictable outbound traffic.
Less suitable for connectivity-critical application especially in development countries (countries that lack of decent network infra).