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Linode Announces $45MM Investment in New Cloud Offering – Native SSDs, Double the RAM and Faster CPUs

Linode, 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 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, 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 demanding workloads.

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® Xeon® E5 2680v2 Ivy Bridge processors; a full-powered CPU offering higher core counts and better performance than any other cloud hosting provider.
  • NET: 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 transfer 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 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, and Longview, 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, and Linode 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.

About Linode:

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 commitments.

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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