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Alibaba vs. Linode

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Alibaba vs. Linode

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Founded in 2009 to serve users primarily in China, Alibaba now rivals the big three providers (Google, AWS and Microsoft Azure) globally after entering the U.S. market in 2015. According to Gartner, Alibaba now ranks third among cloud service providers in worldwide market share.

Though Alibaba says that it complies with international regulations, including HIPAA in the United States and the European Union's General Data Protection Regulations (GDPR), questions remain given China’s historically lax approach to protecting consumer data. China just recently introduced a law protecting data privacy and is still navigating enforcement.

Many functionalities are still in beta: Alibaba is growing and innovating quickly, which means a big chunk of its emerging tools and capabilities are still in beta testing.

FEATURES Alibaba Linode
Cloud GPUs
Free Cloud Firewall
Free DDoS Protection
Bare Metal Cloud Servers
Managed Kubernetes
Local SSD
High Memory VM's
App Marketplace
100% Free Human Support
1000+ Documentation Library
Simple API, CLI, and user friendly Cloud Interface
Flat predictible pricing
Free Bundled transfer
Same Price Across Every Data Center
COMPANY PROFILE Alibaba Linode
Year Founded 1999 2003
Public Cloud Offering Launched 2009 2003
Years Providing Public Cloud 12 18
Years Profitable Unknown 18
Developer Owned & Operated
100% Independent
Data Center Regions 21 11
Non-Cloud Businesses Yes None
Sells Groceries Yes No
# of Cloud Products ~500 ~20
Target Customers Enterprises Developers
Startups
SMB's
  • Why Choose Alibaba?
  • Why Choose Linode?
  • Why Alibaba?
  • Why Linode?
  1. Want to save money, Linode customers can save 100-300% over Alibaba with our predictable flat pricing and generous bundled transfer.  
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-tiered support (including phone support) regardless of spend.
  3. Appreciate simplicity, Linode dramatically simplifies running applications in the cloud - launch a server in seconds and enjoy our straightforward API, CLI and Cloud Manager interface.  
  4. You are a developer, startup or SMB. Alibaba is designed for Enterprises, while Linode was designed for developers, startups, and small to medium-sized businesses.  
  5. No lock-in. Linode has always been a leading advocate for open source and open cloud, which means saying no to vendor lock-in and proprietary frameworks and services. 
  6. Prefer an independent cloud provider you can trust, who puts customers first, without the investors or competing businesses that can get in the way.
  7. Non-competitive. As Alibaba continues to disrupt a broader range of industries, competitive conflicts arise, which fosters serious infrastructure questions for many developer teams and businesses.  The question is: Do you trust a technology partner to store your data, handle your transactions, support the most intimate details of your business, if that tech partner is also a competitor?
  1. Want to save money, Linode customers can save 100-300% over Alibaba with our predictable flat pricing and generous bundled transfer.  
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-tiered support (including phone support) regardless of spend.
  3. Appreciate simplicity, Linode dramatically simplifies running applications in the cloud - launch a server in seconds and enjoy our straightforward API, CLI and Cloud Manager interface.  
  4. You are a developer, startup or SMB. Alibaba is designed for Enterprises, while Linode was designed for developers, startups, and small to medium-sized businesses.  
  5. No lock-in. Linode has always been a leading advocate for open source and open cloud, which means saying no to vendor lock-in and proprietary frameworks and services. 
  6. Prefer an independent cloud provider you can trust, who puts customers first, without the investors or competing businesses that can get in the way.
  7. Non-competitive. As Alibaba continues to disrupt a broader range of industries, competitive conflicts arise, which fosters serious infrastructure questions for many developer teams and businesses.  The question is: Do you trust a technology partner to store your data, handle your transactions, support the most intimate details of your business, if that tech partner is also a competitor?
  1. You have a need for speed: Alibaba famously put its speed to the test in 2019—and delivered record-breaking results. The company saw $38 billion in sales on Singles Day, a massive shopping event similar to Amazon’s Prime Day, smashing not only sales records but also ecommerce transaction speed records. The company has also beaten competitors by setting records in data sorting, mitigating DDoS attacks, and storage capacity, according to InfoWorld.
  2. You’re conducting business in China: Though Alibaba now has a global footprint, its operational sweet spot is still in China. Not only is it the largest public cloud vendor in China, it also offers ecommerce tools that make it easier for companies to conduct business in China. With seven data centers in mainland China and one in Hong Kong, Alibaba’s reach in China is unmatched.
  3. You’re seeking advanced services—lots of them: AWS offers its users 175 services, but Alibaba blows this number out of the water with 597 products and over 300 solutions. There are a lot of options to choose from for businesses of any size, including tools for e-commerce, IoT, AI, multimedia and many other needs.
  1. You have a need for speed: Alibaba famously put its speed to the test in 2019—and delivered record-breaking results. The company saw $38 billion in sales on Singles Day, a massive shopping event similar to Amazon’s Prime Day, smashing not only sales records but also ecommerce transaction speed records. The company has also beaten competitors by setting records in data sorting, mitigating DDoS attacks, and storage capacity, according to InfoWorld.
  2. You’re conducting business in China: Though Alibaba now has a global footprint, its operational sweet spot is still in China. Not only is it the largest public cloud vendor in China, it also offers ecommerce tools that make it easier for companies to conduct business in China. With seven data centers in mainland China and one in Hong Kong, Alibaba’s reach in China is unmatched.
  3. You’re seeking advanced services—lots of them: AWS offers its users 175 services, but Alibaba blows this number out of the water with 597 products and over 300 solutions. There are a lot of options to choose from for businesses of any size, including tools for e-commerce, IoT, AI, multimedia and many other needs.

Alibaba vs Linode Price Comparison

Dedicated virtual machines For CPU-intensive applications

Linode $30 / mo
GCP $48.42 / mo

Linode CPU Dedicated 2vCPU, 4GB RAM, 80GB SSD vs. Google High CPU 2 vCPU n1-custom-2-4096, 4GB RAM, 80 GB SSD

GPU compute for AI, machine learning, video rendering and more

Linode $1,000 / mo
GCP $1539.09 / mo

Linode GPU 8 Cores Dedicated, 32 GB RAM, 640 GB SSD. vs. GCP GPU 8 Cores n1-custom-8-32768, 32 GB RAM, 640 GB SSD

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