|[April 17, 2014]
Linode Announces $45MM Investment in New Cloud Offering - Native SSDs, Double the RAM and Faster CPUs
GALLOWAY, N.J. --(Business Wire)--
an established leader in cloud hosting, today�announced a $45MM
investment in its cloud infrastructure and services offering. Billed as
the largest capital investment in the company's ten-year history, the
overhaul is designed to reassert the company's position as the leading
provider of value and service in the cloud hosting space.
At the foundation of these improvements is the company's significant
investment in server hardware and networking equipment. Specifically,
Linode has transitioned to native solid state drives (SSDs), offering up
to 100X performance improvement over previous HDDs. The company has also
doubled RAM (News - Alert) across all plans, and increased network throughput to each
host server from 2Gbps to 40Gbps. These changes not only mark a clear
new beginning for Linode, they further strengthen its position as an
industry leader by offering the highest performance infrastructure
available in the IaaS market.
While the company already offers the most cost-competitive solution
among rivals IBM (News - Alert), AWS, and Rackspace, it has topped off its
architectural improvements with the introduction of several larger plans
built specifically for its enterprise customers. With up to 96GB of
available RAM, the new plans are designed to meet the needs of the most
Free hardware and service upgrades include:
SSDs: All new Linodes are available on SSD-powered host
servers; eliminating spinning disks and boosting provisioning time to
well under a minute while also improving application response time.
RAM: All Linodes now have double the amount of memory.
CPU: All Linode host servers come with the latest Intel (News - Alert)® Xeon®
E5 2680v2 Ivy Bridge processors; a full-powered CPU offering higher
core counts and better performance than any other cloud hosting
NET (News - Alert): Each Linode host server now has 40Gbits of network
connectivity. Inbound throughput to each Linode is 40Gbit and outbound
can reach up to 10Gbit per second.
Hourly Billing: Linode now bundles compute, persistent storage,
and network transer into a simple hourly rate, enabling customers to
pay for only what is used with the predictability of a monthly cap
that does not exceed current monthly rates.
The server hardware upgrades come on the heels of a banner year filled
with unprecedented improvements. Just last spring the company made a
multi-million dollar investment to bolster network speed with the
implementation of Cisco (News - Alert) Nexus 7000 and 5000 series switches and Nexus
2000 series Fabric Extenders designed to improve redundancy and load
balancing to each node. In more recent months the company has also
demonstrated its ability to innovate and scale through new product
releases such as NodeBalancer
SSL, a cloud-based load balancing service,�Linode
Managed, the company's round-the-clock incident response service,
a server statistics and graphing service.
In addition to broadening its global availability with six
geographically diverse data centers, Linode has also created several new
developer tools including a robust API,
CLI (Command Line Interface) making it easy for developers to
perform tasks directly from the command line.
"The cloud hosting industry is changing and Linode is changing with it,"
said Christopher Aker, founder and CEO of Linode. "Developers are
constantly seeking simpler, high value alternatives to AWS and we are
uniquely positioned to serve that demand. With faster SSDs, more
flexible payment options, and unprecedented customer support, we are not
only setting a higher standard of service but are also proud to still be
the only cloud hosting company built and owned 100% by developers."
This is the largest overhaul of the company's infrastructure since its
founding in 2003. Since then, the company has launched over 5,000,000
virtual machines and has more than 250,000 customers worldwide.
For more information on Linode, please visit www.linode.com.
Linode is a leading cloud hosting provider with 250,000 customers
worldwide, and has been offering developers and companies of all sizes
virtualized servers on demand since 2003. The company makes it easy for
IT professionals to quickly select a plan, platform distribution and
facility, and have their cloud infrastructure up and running in seconds.
From there customers can dynamically scale their environment to meet
business demands - paying only for what they use with no long-term
Linode delivers its cloud services from six data centers across the
U.S., Europe, and Asia to some of the most innovative companies in the
world, such as The Onion and WP Engine. The company's proven IaaS
(Infrastructure as a Service) platform enables customers to fully
customize their environment and leverage the improved performance,
scalability, and reliability in the most cost-effective way possible.
For more information, visit www.linode.com.
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