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AWS vs Linode

Is AWS or Linode right for you?

There’s no question AWS is the big kahuna in the cloud. Amazon has built a portfolio of close to 200 products, covering basics like compute, storage, network, and database, as well as more advanced services like cloud based quantum computing, deep analytics, and IoT applications.

If you are a large enterprise and need the ability to customize your infrastructure, AWS is a good fit. But if you’re a small business owner or independent developer, having access to all of that advanced cloud technology comes at a cost: unnecessary complexity, risk of lock-in to Amazon’s ecosystem, and frequent billing surprises.

Most organizations move to the cloud to avoid complexity and reduce costs. For them, AWS can be overkill. What they really want is a provider that fits what their business needs: one with the core services they need at price-performance levels that match or exceed what a larger provider like AWS can deliver.

FEATURES AWS 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 AWS Linode
Year Founded 2002 2003
Public Cloud Offering Launched 2006 2003
Years Providing Public Cloud 14 18
Years Profitable 5 18
Developer Owned & Operated
100% Independent
Data Center Regions 24 11
Non-Cloud Businesses Yes None
Sells Groceries Yes No
# of Cloud Products ~200 ~20
Target Customers Enterprises Developers
Startups
SMB's
  • Why Choose Amazon AWS?
  • Why Choose Linode?
  • Why AWS?
  • Why Linode?
  1. Want to save money, Linode customers can save 100-300% over AWS with our predictable flat pricing and generous bundled transfer.  
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-handoff 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. AWS 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 Amazon 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 AWS with our predictable flat pricing and generous bundled transfer.  
  2. Want the best customer support without restrictions.  Free 100% human no-handoff 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. AWS 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 Amazon 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 are an Enterprise Business.  While Linode does work with some Enterprise businesses, AWS is built for the complexities of large businesses and endless customization.  
  2. Nearly unlimited scale. Amazon invests billions of dollars in capacity each year which delivers a level of scale unrivaled in the cloud market.
  3. Need much more than just IaaS. While Amazon does provide public cloud (IaaS) they also offer a broad collection of platforms and apps as a service. 
  4. Looking for $100K in credits. For qualifying startups, you can get $100,000 in free infrastructure credits for a limited time.  This can be a game-changer for a new business, but beware of the lock-in and surprise high prices when the credits run out. 
  1. You are an Enterprise Business.  While Linode does work with some Enterprise businesses, AWS is built for the complexities of large businesses and endless customization.  
  2. Nearly unlimited scale. Amazon invests billions of dollars in capacity each year which delivers a level of scale unrivaled in the cloud market.
  3. Need much more than just IaaS. While Amazon does provide public cloud (IaaS) they also offer a broad collection of platforms and apps as a service. 
  4. Looking for $100K in credits. For qualifying startups, you can get $100,000 in free infrastructure credits for a limited time.  This can be a game-changer for a new business, but beware of the lock-in and surprise high prices when the credits run out. 

AWS vs Linode Price Comparison

Dedicated virtual machines For CPU-intensive applications

Linode
$30 / mo
AWS
$70.05 / mo

Linode CPU Dedicated 2vCPU, 4GB RAM, 80GB SSD vs. AWS 2 vCPU Compute Optimized c5.large, 4GB RAM, 80 GB SSD

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

Linode
$1,000 / mo
AWS
$2,297.80 / mo

Linode GPU 8 Cores Dedicated, 32 GB RAM, 640 GB SSD. vs. AWS GPU 8 Cores p3.2xlarge, 61 GB RAM, 640 GB SSD

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"The bigger that Amazon gets in India, the worse its customer service has gotten. It is impossible to get a human by email or chat and very hard by phone. And it takes 2 or 3 calls to solve every problem."

Vindu Goel - New York Times Correspondent

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