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2019: A Big Year of Innovation for Linode and a Big Thank You to Our Customers

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Our overarching mission as a company is helping our customers innovate faster. To do that, we need to innovate fast ourselves. And in 2019 that’s exactly what we did. The past 12 months saw us launch a record number of new products and services, open three new data centers, and accelerate on our promise to make the cloud simpler, more affordable, and more accessible to everyone.

This pace of innovation plays into a trend we saw emerging as the year played out. We’ve reached the point in the evolution of cloud computing where core products and services — what our industry calls primitives — have reached parity across infrastructure providers. This means developers, small businesses, and enterprises now have options beyond the Big 3 for the workloads they deploy to the public cloud. It’s a new segment of the market 451 Research is calling the alternative cloud movement. Our pioneering role in the cloud, together with our industry-leading price performance and independence, position us to lead this evolving and critically important category.

We wanted to take you through some of the highlights from 2019 (and there were many):

COMPUTE

Dedicated compute instances for CPU-intensive workloads
We kicked off 2019 with the introduction of Dedicated CPU instances to help our customers avoid contention on resources and run CPU-intensive workloads at 100% capacity. After a few short months of availability, we more than doubled the storage included with these plans to celebrate our 16th birthday.

On-demand GPU instances featuring the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000
Complex applications like machine learning and AI, graphics rendering and video transcoding are faster and more efficient with a GPU. We launched on-demand GPU instances featuring the NVIDIA Quadro RTX 6000. This powerful card is being offered for the first time in the cloud, at a price that’s more accessible to the developer community.


KUBERNETES

Fully managed Kubernetes, making containerized workloads even easier
Our customers are taking steps to further the adoption of Kubernetes by deploying container orchestration at scale. We launched the beta for our Linode Kubernetes Engine, designed to be the easiest, fully-managed container orchestration platform for deploying and managing modern applications in the cloud.

Deploy Linodes from Rancher version 2.3
Rancher is a popular tool for teams to adopt and manage Kubernetes in their workflows. We partnered with Rancher to support our customers using the tool, and with the 2.3 release made the activation of a Linode node driver the default. This gives customers the ability to deploy clusters on Linode without any additional configuration.


STORAGE

Simple, affordable, S3 compatible Object Storage
Storage for Linode customers significantly improved in 2018 with the release of Block Storage, and this year’s addition of S3-compatible, highly available, and easily scalable Object Storage. In response to feedback, we also increased our storage limits to 50TB and 50 million objects per cluster.


DATA CENTERS

Linode now spans 11 geographic regions around the world with the launch of our new data centers in India, Australia, and Canada.  Customers who need to deploy workloads in these markets will enjoy reduced latency and improved performance while satisfying data sovereignty requirements. 

India market launch with new Linode Mumbai data center
India is one of the world’s fastest-growing regions for technology. Linode India supports the more than 5 million software developers in the country advancing personal and business projects by giving them a simple and affordable alternative to the major hyperscale providers.

Australia market launch with new Linode Sydney data center 
Opening our data center in Sydney, Australia was a big one for our customers, many of which had been using our Singapore or Fremont data centers to manage their cloud infrastructure. 

Canadian market launch with new Linode Toronto data center
Toronto is home to nearly one-third of Canada’s developer community. So when we looked to expand our global footprint, launching a data center among Toronto’s most vibrant technology community was an easy decision. 


NETWORKING

Half-price NodeBalancers to make the cloud more accessible
NodeBalancers are the workhorses of the cloud, managing the scale and workload distribution of traffic to your Linodes. For our 16th birthday this year, we permanently cut the price of NodeBalancers in half, from $20 to $10.

Built-in network-layer protection with Advanced DDoS
As we’ve expanded our global infrastructure, we’ve also added resources to help protect customers from DDoS attacks. Over the past 12 months, we continued to build out this advanced protection technology to mitigate attempts to overwhelm your applications with large-volume traffic, causing them to become overloaded and unavailable for legitimate users.


ONE-CLICK APPS

Accelerate deployments with new One-Click Apps
One-Click Apps make it as easy as possible to deploy fully-configured applications in the cloud. We added a number of apps to our growing One-Click library, including WordPress, GitLab, cPanel, Plesk, and Minecraft. 


PROGRAMS

Linode’s New Solutions Partner Program
For the past 16 years, our partners have helped thousands of companies around the world build their businesses in the cloud. We launched the Linode Solutions Partner Program to bring the world’s most popular independent cloud to even more organizations and help our partner community drive more revenue.


OUR GIFT TO YOU

Reduction in Linode transfer fees from $0.02 to $0.01 
Starting today, we’ve reduced our transfer overage price to $0.01. It’s another way we’re simplifying the cloud in a market where transfer often isn’t included and costs aren’t predictable. At Linode, inbound transfer is always free and outbound is the only thing we charge for.


2020 ROADMAP

If you thought 2019 was exciting, wait until you see what we have cooking for 2020.  Here is just a small sample of what we have planned:

  • NodeBalancer automatic Let’s Encrypt support
  • NodeBalancer PROXY protocol support
  • Instantaneous DNS Manager updates
  • Marketplace for One-Click Kubernetes and single instance apps
  • Linode Kubernetes Engine global availability
  • Bare Metal machines with cloud infrastructure management
  • Managed Databases for production-ready DBs
  • Cloud Firewall to control network traffic to your Linodes
  • Per customer network VLAN
  • Anycast Network for improved routing
  • New data centers to continue supporting global markets
  • Multi-language support for Linode docs & guides including Spanish, German, Portuguese, Japanese and more

We are immeasurably grateful to every developer, company and organization who entrusted us with their business in 2019. We’ve set aggressive goals for 2020 and look forward to rising to the challenge.

Comments (18)

  1. Blake G

    Now I can’t wait for December 31, 2020, to see how everything for the new year is put together. Happy new year, Linode!

  2. Darren

    For the Marketplace for One-Click Kubernetes apps, will it be possible to install more then one app on a single linode?

    • Jessica Yoo

      This isn’t currently in the works, but I’ve passed your interest along to our One-Click team so they can look into this as a possibility.

  3. Jon

    Any chance we see NVMe storage for servers to compete with Vultr?

    • scrane

      We don’t have anything to announce on hardware changes like this just yet, but it’s certainly a request I’ll pass along to get some eyes on it.

  4. Randall Camacho

    Bare Metal machines with cloud infrastructure management sounds like the perfect choice !!!
    Windows Server 2019 pretty please ???

  5. Lorenzo "Palinuro" Faletra

    any plan to open a datacenter in south america or africa? these are zones that other providers barely cover but a lot of people demand for.

    also, what is the plan for the anycast service?

    • jcardillo

      Hi Lorenzo – No plans for a DC in South America or Africa at the moment. We have been tracking requests for these, though, and I’ve just added yours to the list as well.

      As for Anycast, no ETA for this either, though we’ll certainly share more details on our blog as they become available. Thanks for your patience!

  6. Mic

    “Per customer network VLAN” — will this be something similar to Amazon/Google VPC? will it span across multiple data centers?

    Thank you linode — 2019 improvements were astonishing; and your 2020 roadmap is indeed something to look forward to.

    • jcardillo

      Hi Mic –

      Thanks for your kind words. We’re excited about 2020, too!

      > Will this be something similar to Amazon/Google VPC?

      VPC is a longer term goal for us, so in the short term, no. Private VLANs will come first which will give customers new opportunities to scale securely and will be a cornerstone for Linode to provide more networking options in the future. Stay tuned on our blog for any future updates regarding this!

      > Will it span across multiple data centers?

      Yes.

      • Mic

        Thanks, having that per customer VLAN (at the least) is essential to deploying Kubernetes cluster securely (and accessed remotely via vpn). Hope this feature becomes available soon!

      • alex

        Private VLAN <3

        • JJ Ponce

          Hello Linode!,

          “Per customer network VLAN” is a game-changer for many that own several Linode’s.

          Is there any news about this? is there any estimated time when it will be ready?

          Thanks!
          JJ

          • rgerke

            While we don’t have a specific ETA at the moment, VLANs are definitely on the way. When we have more information we’ll post it here on our blog, so keep checking back.

  7. Dan

    Do you have an ETA for the NodeBalancer PROXY protocol support? It’s a real blocker for my project atm.

    • Regina Daniels

      Hey Dan,

      We don’t have an exact ETA on the release of NodeBalancer PROXY protocol support that we can share just yet. When we do have an announcement, it will be posted right here on our blog.

  8. Najamudin

    bare metal cloud infrastructure looks amazing in 2020,
    cloud firewall will also be very good at this time

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