We’re happy to announce our newest feature: Payments via PayPal. You can now add credit to your account by transferring funds from a PayPal account.
While any customer can use PayPal to fund their account, new customers will still need to sign up using a credit card. You can use PayPal from then on.
This is in part because we don’t yet have the ability to automatically transfer funds from PayPal. If you intend on paying only via PayPal, you will need to ensure that you have enough credit on your Linode account to cover your next invoice. Otherwise, our system will attempt to collect any remaining balance from the credit card you have on file.
It was 13 years ago today that Linode opened its doors and earned its first customers. Now, 13 years later, it’s amazing how much we’ve grown. According to a study by CloudHarmony, Linode is the 4th largest cloud provider to the top 10,000 Alexa websites, following only Amazon, Rackspace, and IBM. Not bad. We have helped over half a million customers, launched nearly 12 million Linode servers, and now have more than 100 employees, all while remaining independent and privately owned.
None of this would have been possible without the dedication and engagement of our employees, who care a great deal about you, our customer, and about the work we do. We’ve attracted some of the most passionate, brilliant, and handsome people I’ve ever met (BTW, we’re hiring). So, a big thanks to everyone here at Linode.
We also want to thank you for your business and support all these years. As a token of our gratitude, we’re announcing free RAM upgrades for both new and existing customers. Here’s the breakdown:
Effective immediately, Linode Manager passwords have been expired. You will be prompted to set a new password on your next login. We regret this inconvenience, however this is a necessary precaution.
NJIT's high-performance cluster, «Kong,» which is made up of some of the 420 servers Linode donated to the school. We're proud to support a great school.
Achtung baby! Linodes in Deutschland!
grmcloud-300x300We’re excited to announce our newest European datacenter located in Frankfurt am Main, Germany! This new facility will better serve the growing tech communities in Germany, greater Europe, and surrounding areas.
This marks our eighth datacenter worldwide, and compliments our other Europe-based datacenter in London. Both our Frankfurt and London deployments are located in TelecityGroup facilities.
Frankfurt is an important financial and Internet hub for Europe, with a third of Europe’s Internet traffic going through it. Frankfurt is home to DE-CIX, the largest Internet exchange in the world in terms of traffic. DE-CIX will no doubt provide abundant peering access opportunities for us, over time.
Linode customers can now be compliant with Germany’s Federal Data Protection Act (a.k.a., Bundesdatenschutzgesetz or BDSG) by hosting their data on German soil.
Frankfurt supports all Linode features and services, and same great hardware including datacenter-grade SSD storage, E5-2680v3 CPUs, DDR4 ECC SDRAM
, full-stack redundant networking and 40 GbE to each hypervisor host. Linode Frankfurt is KVM only.
Now is the time when we dance.
Happy 12th birthday to us!
Welp, time keeps on slippin’ into the future, and we find ourselves turning 12 years old today. To celebrate, we’re kicking off the next phase of Linode’s transition from Xen to KVM by making KVM Linodes generally available, starting today.
Better performance, versatility, and faster booting
Using identical hardware, KVM Linodes are much faster compared to Xen. For example, in our UnixBench testing a KVM Linode scored 3x better than a Xen Linode. During a kernel compile, a KVM Linode completed 28% faster compared to a Xen Linode. KVM has much less overhead than Xen, so now you will get the most out of our investment in high-end processors.
KVM Linodes are, by default, paravirtualized, supporting the Virtio disk and network drivers. However, we also now support fully virtualized guests – which means you can run alternative operating systems like FreeBSD, BSD, Plan 9, or even Windows – using emulated hardware (PIIX IDE and e1000). We’re also working on a graphical console (GISH?) which should be out in the next few weeks.
In a recent study of VM creation and SSH accessibility times performed by Cloud 66, Linode did well. The average Linode ‘create, boot, and SSH availability’ time was 57 seconds. KVM Linodes boot much faster – we’re seeing them take just a few seconds.
How do I upgrade a Linode from Xen to KVM?
On a Xen Linode’s dashboard, you will see an “Upgrade to KVM” link on the right sidebar. It’s a one-click migration to upgrade your Linode to KVM from there. Essentially, our KVM upgrade means you get a much faster Linode just by clicking a button.
How do I set my account to default to KVM for new stuff?
In your Account Settings you can set ‘Hypervisor Preference’ to KVM. After that, any new Linodes you create will be KVM.
What will happen to Xen Linodes?
New customers and new Linodes will, by default, still get Xen. Xen will cease being the default in the next few weeks. Eventually we will transition all Xen Linodes over to KVM, however this is likely to take quite a while. Don’t sweat it.
On behalf of the entire Linode team, thank you for the past 12 years and here’s to another 12! Enjoy!
We're proud to announce the opening of our new datacenter in Singapore.
Singapore supports all of the standard Linode features available — including 40 Gbps redundant connectivity to each hypervisor host machine, the Linode Backup service, NodeBalancers, native IPv6, and is the same simple pricing as our other datacenters.
You can deploy a Linode in Singapore via the Linode Manger, API, or CLI.
Linode Donates $1.2 Million
in Servers to NJIT as Part of Workforce Development Initiative
New Jersey Institute of Technology (NJIT) recently received 420 Intel-based Supermicro servers from Linode, a Linux-based cloud hosting company based in Galloway, NJ. The servers, valued at $1.2 million, will support advanced instruction, research and career advancement for NJIT students. These servers are being deployed as nodes within NJIT’s computational framework and are expected to be fully operational by May of this year.