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11th Linode Birthday / $10 Linode plan

Linode opened its doors 11 years ago today, offering virtual servers with great service, and ultimately pioneering a new industry. It’s hard to believe it’s been that long. It’s been fun to reminisce through the old forum posts from those formative years like this one and this one.

Many of the old posts echo the same sentiments that define us today: commitment to customer service, reliability, and common-sense approach to the tools we develop, our policies, and the way we run our business. Above all else, a commitment to our customers. Your feedback and input over the years has helped shape Linode into what it is today. And for that, we thank you. Some of that recent feedback has been for a smaller plan, and we’ve listened.

Introducing the Linode 1G – a $10/mo ($.015/hr) entry into our Linode plan lineup. This new Linode runs on the same 40 Gbps network, SSDs, and processing power as our larger plans. Likewise, inbound traffic is free and restricted only by link speed (40 Gbps).

Plan RAM SSD CPU XFER Outbound
Linode 1G 24 GB 1 core 2 TB 125 Mbps $0.015/hr | $10/mo

A note about the API and this new plan – the results of avail.linodeplans() have changed. Please make sure you’re using the correct PlanID for the desired plan.

Again, we’d like to thank you for your business and feedback. Enjoy!

Comments (54)

  1. Great news.. and is it possible to seamlessly switch from a $20 to a $10 without having to rebuild the server? I have a machine that doesn’t do much, would be nice to save some cash.

  2. Awesome! Congrats on 11 years, here’s to 11 more!

  3. @alex: it isn’t possible to do that, you’ll have some downtime while it migrates.

  4. I know lots of people requested this, but I was hoping it wouldn’t happen. I don’t like to see small businesses do things which jeopardized their potential for growing revenue. Also, it makes me feel less elitist now that there is a cheap plan 🙂 However, I might just get an extra $10/month linode for backup or something.

  5. Wow… I don’t even remember how many times I’ve said this recently… but still, YOU GUYS ROCK!

  6. Great news!

    Do Linode 1G plans have /64 ipv6 subnets as the standard 2G and bigger plans ?

  7. It’s great! I have a 2GB Linode but do not use it too much, and I’d like to switch to a 1GB one to save some cash. Actually, it’s because link speed from my country to the nearest data center is not good enough to ultilize a 125mbps bandwidth, let alone 250mbps.

  8. Wow, I never realized Linode shared my birthday.. Happy Birthday!

    I’ve been a client since late 2003, and it truly is such a wonderful service. These $10 plans will be perfect for pre-production development.

    Thanks for 11 great years caker!

  9. Thanks a lot, definitely jumping on this. Linode has an uncanny ability to deliver extra value just when I need

  10. We haven’t yet received the promised update for our 32bit Linodes in two months. Any update on that?

  11. Wait, when did the $20/mo plans get 2GB? Mine still has its memory limited at 1GB, when will my server update to the new plan specs?

  12. nice, and grats with birthday.
    will be there a $5 plan in the future?

  13. Wow, time does fly – I think it was 2004 I first signed up for that 64 Mb UML with Linode! I’ve reinstalled a few times since then, not least to move from 32 to 64 bit, and rebooted each time caker throws us another virtual DIMM, but the downtime in that decade has been impressive: one upstream DDoS, a brief outage for a power issue, probably a couple of host restarts I didn’t even notice until checking logs. Very well done – happy birthday, and here’s to another 11 years like that!

    IPv6, reverse DNS control, handy and clear bandwidth/load graphs, a control panel, and verification/notification for logins from unfamiliar IP addresses: it’s an impressive lineup. A 1G option’s very nice too – I might downsize my current Linode and add a second somewhere else to mirror my sites.

    Oh, one thing I would like to see one day: any chance of a chunk of cheaper/slower disk for backup/archive purposes? I remember Bytemark in the UK having that on VMs a while back, you could NFS mount something (RAID6 SATA IIRC, great for chucking old log files, mail etc on). I’ve got something in cron that dumps stuff to Amazon S3 for now, but a Linode version could be handy.

  14. Is the forum working? I get a server timeout.

    Thanks for this. Really good for a staging or testing server.

  15. Linode just keeps getting better! Happy birthday!

  16. Great. I hope Linode dont do a $5 plan.
    Will there be upgrade on NodeBalancer?
    SAN / Object Storage?
    Private Networking ( Or is that already available? )
    Extras? New Pricing or get rid of it? I would like to see new extras priced at 50% difference of the Next Price Plan. On a Linode 2GB plan, you pay an extra $10/m you can choose from 4GB Ram / 4 Core CPU / 96GB SSD / 4TB Bandwidth.So if you have wanted any of those two upgrade it would be better to get the actual price plan.

  17. Oh And would love to see more EU and SEA region to choose from as well.

  18. Happy birthday to linode!,and I love the 1G plan!

  19. @James You probably need to reboot your server to reflect the changes. 🙂

  20. Happy birthday to Linode!

  21. A little latter,
    Happy Birthday!

    Linode is one of my best toys, with two of this new plan, the same price maybe will cause more funny.

    I like your service, you guys AWESOME!

  22. Great news!
    Really wanna see more Asia Pacific regions (Hong Kong, Korea, Singapore) and some EU regions.

  23. And only a few days ago I created a Digital Ocean server as I needed a low end dev machine… well, I’ll certainly be moving it to Linode now. Great stuff.

  24. Happy Birthday Linode! Thanks for the great news, you guys rock!

  25. I honestly love what linode is doing. Excellent service, documentation and support.
    Plus I can perform any experiments when I want without incurring unnecessary commitments and excess costs.
    Happy Birthday Linode. Your rock!

  26. Wow $10 plan is awesome. Perfect for little bits 😀

  27. Great job and congratulations on your 11th anniversary. My main website will remain on the 2GB plan, but this will make it so much easier and cheaper to set up temporary or test servers.

    When I registered my domain name more than ten months ago, it took me over a week of extensive research to select a hosting provider. Among the candidates were Linode, DigitalOcean, and Rackspace, just to name a few. I wanted a VPS provider that had a long track record of reliable, fast performance with good support and highly scalable servers so that I could expand easily as needed in the future. DigitalOcean clearly had the best value, but it isn’t as established as the others. Rackspace boasted superior support and had by far the most scalable servers, but proved to be too expensive. In the end, I selected Linode—although it was a bit expensive for a 1GB VPS at the time, I felt this would be the best place to host my website for years to come. I don’t regret it.

    Ultimately, this will bring more customers to Linode for affordable VPSs backed by a history of more than 10 years of reliable performance. Great job, and I wish you best of luck.

  28. Oh, and one more thing: I’ve been using openSUSE as my main desktop Linux distribution for its ease of administration, and so I wanted my server to run openSUSE as well. openSUSE support was a bit hard to find among VPS providers, and DigitalOcean not offering an openSUSE image was a dealbreaker. At the time, Linode’s openSUSE image was outdated, but updating the server to the latest version was painless. In any case, this is just one more reason I’m won’t be switching from Linode anytime soon. Keep it up.

  29. Would love to see Sydney or Singapore! Keep up the good work Linode.

  30. Great news. Congrats for being the best provider for the last 11years. Wish you to continue the same 🙂

    I’ll be extremely happy if you will come to Singapore 🙂

    One of your competitor (in terms of plans only) has presence in Singapore! I hope you will also come and show your strength in Singapore & India 🙂

  31. Great! Linode is catching up with Digital Ocean 🙂

  32. For several years now Linode has said that an offering below the $20 price point was not economically viable for them.

    What’s changed, are you squeezing double the number of customers onto a box now to compensate?

  33. Awesome news! I was just about to switch my low usage VPS over to DO, as $20 seemed too much for my usage. But I’m happy to stay for $10. I’ll probably move some of my other VPSes back here too now.

  34. Now I have two Linodes in separate data centres for the same price as my old one. Good one!

  35. Is the Linode iOS app going to get an update with the new plan?

  36. Ironically I will probably end up spending more as $10 boxes make it viable to run Dev and Test servers in Linode as well. I am OK with that as it is better when pushing to production.

  37. Excellent news! I’ve used Linode almost exclusively for my VPS needs but the 20$ plan had become oversized for my requirements and I had been considering a cheaper alternative. With the 10$ plan I’m now 100% sure I’ll be staying with you. Truth be said price has not always been the sole reason for sticking with Linode. IMHO console access + pv-grub support is a real differentiator as it gives you full control of the VM (which in my case allowed me to install my favorite BSD – NetBSD). No other VPS vendor support such flexible and powerful tools.

  38. @Mark: “What’s changed”

    I can’t read the minds of the Linode management, but it’s pretty obvious that two things have changed over the last couple of years:

    1) The specs for even the cheapest VPS in the lineup have improved so much over the last couple of years that they now far exceed the requirements of many those who bought their servers for things like hosting a handful of blogs, or for personal VPNs, etc.

    2) They were being severely undercut by companies like Digital Ocean offering decent quality plans for as little as $5 and $10/month.

    The combination of the two factors makes growth and retention of customers more difficult if you’re not offering competitively priced plans. The recent spec upgrades ensure that Linode competes effectively at the mid to high end, but without a $10 plan there was a growing hole in their lineup that was allowing part of their target customer base to slip from their grasp.

    Again, just conjecture, but from someone who was beginning to think about moving to a cheaper plan elsewhere. Now I don’t need to.

  39. Wow … surprised to see this and a very useful plan

  40. Great news, and thank you for the great service and continuing upgrades. Linode just gets better and better, and uptime has been great.

    I’d like to second the request for more storage from linode – storage is the thing that’s lagging now. I have several customers who’d love more cheap storage for backups or static files infrequently used, and would be willing to pay a supplement for it. As it is the storage available with the lower plans doesn’t match up with the capability of the memory/bandwidth nowadays. If you could have separate storage volumes attached to linodes I’d be really happy as it would mean the VPS can be used for processes and storage can live elsewhere, so for example when upgrading/downgrading you wouldn’t need to worry about copying loads of files which are not changing. Ideally they’d be reasonably fast (for a fee), but even if they were slow that’d be fine.

    It’d save customers looking elsewhere to places like Amazon for backup/storage even if they host on linode.

  41. More storage options would be very neat :3

  42. I would looove to come back, but my $5 DO is still enough, $5 offering perhaps? (as a note, if you have your VM backed with SSD, like these new linodes are, if you occasionally run out of RAM and run into swap, it doesn’t hurt as bad–so less RAM is OK now that it is backed with SSD’s–lower price point win)

  43. This is great!

  44. Some of us have been with Linode for quite a while.
    Your account has been active since October 20, 2004

  45. the 10/mo plan is cheaper than my VPN in China!


    F**k GFW

  46. Would really want to second extra storage solutions. I don’t need 100G of extra SSD storage, but 200G of extra external HD storage would be useful.

  47. Would be nice if you guys actually honored this pricing….

    To quote support “we nevered lowered our pricing.”

    Been continuing to pay $20/mo since the change. Support outright REFUSES to correct this.

  48. It’s still exciting to see this, bu the JP1 is long gone. The network connect between JP2 and mainland China is not good.

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