Since 2003, the Linode team has been on a mission to drive innovation by making cloud computing affordable and accessible to all. With a proven and reliable infrastructure, Linode promises top-notch performance and 99.9% uptime. Beyond just exploring the company’s offering, we went through dozens of Linode reviews to find out what others think about it, bringing their strengths and weaknesses into the spotlight.
Linode is a well-known VPS company that focuses on cloud hosting and serves over 800,000 customers across 196 countries. Below, we’ll explore the features that make them stand out (for better or for worse).
Linode provides a 99.9% uptime guarantee — if your site is down for more than 0.1% in a month, you can request a prorated credit. The company is also very transparent regarding its system status. You can easily check any current issues, scheduled maintenance, and a full history of incidents. Most importantly, Linode reviews show that there are customers who report 99.99% and even 100% uptime.
The company promises top-notch speed with 40 Gbps for incoming traffic and 1,000 - 12,000 Mbps for outgoing which is pretty impressive. They also use native SSD and Intel E5 processors to ensure optimal performance. Spread across three continents, Linode server locations include Tokyo, Frankfurt, London, Singapore, Atlanta, Newark, Fremont, and Dallas. You can verify which location would work best for you with the help of Linode’s infrastructure speed tests so you get less latency and faster throughput.
Linode Manager is a custom control panel with a user-friendly interface that enables you to manage your infrastructure, user accounts, payments, and more. The dashboard enables you to add backups, create Linode instances, manage domains, access the managed Kubernetes service, deploy one-click apps, create Object Storage buckets, and more. Though several Linode hosting reviews point to the outdated UI of the control panel, users are generally satisfied with its function. Beyond the custom control panel, Linode also provides you with access to the industry-standard cPanel and WHM via One-Click Apps.
Linode is one of the most secure VPS providers. The company has 24/7 on-site security, high availability, and access control to their facilities. Additionally, they implement redundant routers and switches which means systems can fail without causing performance issues or downtime. The company also collaborates with HackerOne to uncover potential system vulnerabilities. Two-factor authentication, DDoS protection, constant scanning of the networks, and supporting systems are also provided.
The Linode customer service is available 24/7 via phone or email. Their support is great, even though they don’t have a live chat option. Unlike other hosts that close support tickets within 24 hours, this company does it in five minutes. Many reviews on the web praise the support service team for their promptness, knowledge, and professionalism. Their knowledge base is also extensive — you can find guides and tutorials that explain everything from how to get started to more complex questions.
Unless you choose the managed service, you’ll have to pay an extra fee if you want some or all of Linode’s additional services. Our Linode review focuses on the most notable among those.
The backup service is a subscription-based add-on that performs automated backups daily, once or twice a week, or as scheduled. The Linode Cloud Manager lets you handle your backups, restore files from up to 14 days ago, and there is a single on-demand backup that you can keep for as long as you want. The service is pretty easy to use and the restore function is quick. Prices are very reasonable too — from $2/month for 1GB.
Almost any Linode review featured a complaint about the lack of block storage. So the long-expected service is finally here allowing you to easily add high-speed volumes and increase the storage capacity. Configured with 3X data replication and powered by HDDs and NVMe drives, the data is highly available and ensures top performance. The storage is managed independently which means you won’t have to reboot Linode when attaching or detaching volumes. Also, even if you delete the corresponding Linode, your data won’t disappear. Prices for this service start at $1 per 10 GiB.
Coming in at $10/month, the NodeBalancers can ensure high availability of your most valuable apps and services. They monitor how the backend Linodes handle traffic and route requests, perform system maintenance/software updates without dropping traffic, and handle load distribution.
Linode has a very short money-back guarantee compared to the industry standard. You can get a prorated refund if you cancel within the first seven days. They will keep a $5 fee upon canceling. First-time users, however, get a Linode coupon with $100 credit to try their services for 60 days.
The vendor offers five hosting options: shared VPS, dedicated CPU, managed hosting, high-performing hosting, and GPU plans. Linode pricing ranges from as low as $5/month all the way to $4,000/month, depending on the type of hosting you’ll choose and its offering. Below is a complete breakdown of Linode plans.
Starting with 1GB RAM and 1 vCPU and going all the way up to 192GB RAM and 32 vCPUs, Linode’s shared instances support virtually any workload.
Our Linode hosting review revealed that the dedicated plans are a great solution for CPU-intensive application servers like video encoding, data mining, game servers, and databases. These instances run on their CPU cores ensuring that the workloads perform at top levels.
Linode hosting has the perfect solution for memory-intensive applications — a high memory plan. You can tune it and only pay for what you need.
Coming with twice the stats of the Linode VPS plans, the GPU-optimized virtual machines powered by NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000, CUDA, Tensor, and RT. Linode reviews suggest that these plans ensure smooth execution of complex processing, ray tracing workloads, and deep learning.
If you don’t want to manage your VPS, you can have the Linode pros to do that for you. The managed hosting add-on includes emergency incident response, automatic backups, free migration service of up to two sites or blogs (if you sign up for at least three months), cloud server monitoring, dashboard metrics, free cPanel and WHM, dashboard metrics, and access to the Longview Pro analytics system.
Linode’s managed service is available for $100/month with no obligation or contract.
Linode reviews are generally positive and for a good reason — the platform has great uptime, solid speed, and predictable pricing. Also, their security service and customer support are among the best in the industry. Still, since the learning curve is a bit steep, we would recommend it to users with some development experience and knowledge in Linux. If you want a hosting provider with extra features included for free and a more generous money-back guarantee, you might want to consider some of the top Linode competitors.