I wish more companies would follow suit. It inspires loyalty in very subtle ways ... I was going to get a 512MB linode anyway, but with the money I saved, I added their backup service for $4.95 a month ... I couldn't imagine going anywhere else for my vps hosting.
However, my apartment complex has jacked up my rent on me, even though I've lived there and paid my rent on time for 4 years now.
It's a competitive industry, though. I could see how price of a given allocation of computer resources tends to go down, like we're used to seeing with hardware.
I guess what I'm saying is if you want to lock in a low rent you need to negotiate for a longer lease.
All I'm saying is that some token of appreciation would be great and lock in my loyalty. I pay for a garage ... a free month of that maybe?
If you're going to compare apples to oranges, you can't start complaining that apples should have more vitamin C. Linode can afford to give away these loyalty bonuses. Your landlord probably can't.
Also your rent over the last four years was lowered by a little thing called inflation.
Except server costs and bandwidth, apparently ;)
No reason they should - after all, price to buy incorporates the speculative value of a house while price to rent does not.
Linodes pricing isn't the cheapest but it's well worth it. I have 6 servers with them at the moment.
How they're still in business is beyond me. Edit: Here is what they posted as an explanation http://i.imgur.com/OgCzx.png
For the iptables issue, did you try connecting to the server from lish? Same as with slicehost, when you're locked out the Ajax console can provide you with a shell on your server. Linode has lish too, though, which is an SSH connection to your server's host system. Connecting through there bypasses your iptables setup.
Maybe it is to do with their increased customer base, but earlier these outages were much less frequent and we enjoyed the service.
We own 25+ servers with them and have lately given thought of moving to some other provider. It's their responsive customer service and the pain of migrating everything that has kept us sticking to Linode.
I was having some major problems with a server that would flip out under heavy load. Turns out it was the specific kernel I was using. Linode support was quite helpful once I actually contacted them about it.
(FYI, I'm asking purely out of curiosity)
The only real solution to this is BGP routing which is complicated to setup and VERY expensive (only big guys do it). Here's some excellent answers on SO: http://serverfault.com/questions/153576/global-high-availabi...
All resolvers cache records for the TTL (or SOA minimum for negative lookups) specified by your authoritative servers.
A solution to this would be to have a round robin DNS to different data centers but that is still plagued if one data center develops a network issue.
If the clients are web browsers they will try the alternative addresses in a record set if the one they pick doesn't respond.
Maybe it's something on your particular rack or node? Have you tried setting up new Linodes in Newark and migrating to those?
I personally haven't had issues with the network in the Dallas DC.
This is not to say that internal network issues won't happen at any provider on occasion as well, because they certainly will. No network is perfect, least of all the massive system of interconnected networks known as the Internet, and you need to accept and plan for this. To believe or expect otherwise is simply unrealistic.
Just two days back they confirmed one internal outage. See this screenshot: http://imgur.com/jYzuD
Almost every time we contact them about an outage, we get this drup response: "Apologize for inconvenience" which is okay, but they should at least upgrade their infra or take steps to avoid it.
Maybe your acquaintance is not monitoring the deployment with higher frequency. We monitor our stack multiple times every minute.
Why do I have to contact them to be told they are having an issue? Why can't they let me know asap so I can mitigate any problems they are having.
The last issue we had was their backup system was failing and by the time we discovered it, it had been broken for days.
So, joining the chorus: happy birthday!
A couple of people have brought this up in this thread, and all I can think each time is that they must not place any value on their time or hassle when it comes to dealing with the cheaper providers.
Getting a VPS was my first real foray into Linux and I've learnt so much since I started by just messing around. The Linode library has also been a great source of help.
I recommend anyone who likes to spend hours perfectly configuring services they will likely never use, because it's fun, should get one to hone their terminal chops.
Sure the website is in german, traffic is not unlimited but I have used them for more than a year now and service is totally fine.
Edit: Prices include VAT, so the 1024 comes out to 15 USD without taxes, which is 12% more than a third, but still.
I f you want to take any website hosted on Linode down, you know what to do...
Incidentally, for those looking for an easy way to free up a little extra disk space on your VPS, look into localepurge. On Debian, it's a piece-of-cake install, and it automatically removes unneeded language and locale files from packages every time you run apt.
I purchased the Linode 512 package a while ago... and
installed an Archlinux image and had it use 100% of the storage capacity. Now, Linode's manager is reporting that I have 80% full... (instead of 75%, as this post would have it)
20 GB + 25% = 25 GB
20 GB / 25 GB = 80% used.
I really wish they were more competitive. Right now I have a tiny instance running my personal email, but everything else I do looks more attractive on EC2 or Rackspace.
Upgrading your VM entirely is actually cheaper per GB than just getting more space.
(1) check every benchmark performed on both platforms
EC2 and Linode instances are actually pretty comparable in capability and price. But storage is way out of whack: again we're not talking about Linode being a little more: it's a full order of magnitude more. That's just not acceptable to me.
I used to have my camera archives on Linode until they outgrew the 20G instance. At this point they're going onto EBS (or S3, if I'm willing to write some code) as soon as I get the opportunity to do it. I don't see any value beyond inertia to staying with Linode.
I think for many people, RAM and CPU become an issue long before disk space.
A base server on Rackspace Cloud is already more expensive than a comparable Linode VPS, even before you factor in bandwidth charges.
1GB Rackspace Cloud is $43.80/mo plus bandwidth.
1GB Linode is $40/mo and it comes with 400GB transfer.
" In addition to the hourly service fee of 12¢/hour per server, a $100 flat, monthly account fee will be assessed when at least one server on the account is active. The account fee is not reflected in the above pricing as it is not a per server charge but an overall account fee no matter how many servers are active on the account."
My solution has been to run my application on Linode, but I push uploaded files into an s3 bucket shortly after upload and redirect download URLs to the bucket url. Since one of my sites is a church with 50 GB of sermons on mp3, this saves a lot of money over getting storage on Linode.
The first year I used linode 2007 there was an insane amount of upgrades, maybe someday soon they will pass more of this on to us but I'm glad they are still doing it.