Birth of the Cloud: A Q&A with Vint Cerf and Linode’s Christopher Aker
Linode believes that in order to accelerate innovation in the cloud, virtual computing must be more accessible, affordable, and simple. Our infrastructure-as-a-service platform is deployed across 11 global markets from our data centers around the world and is supported by our Next Generation Network, advanced APIs, comprehensive services, and vast library of educational resources. Linode products, services, and people enable developers and businesses to build, deploy, and scale applications more easily and cost-effectively in the cloud.
Why Developers Trust Linode
For nearly two decades, developers continue to rely on Linode cloud infrastructure to build and host their applications and data.
Developers know that cloud computing is all that we do. We don’t operate subsidiaries in markets that compete with our customers.
Developers respect our commitment to the developer community. We don’t build products that compete with the products they’ve built.
Developers appreciate our longstanding belief in transparency. We don’t cloak our products or pricing in complexity.
Developers embrace our singular focus on infrastructure. We’ve proven time and again that a successful company can be built based on the needs of its customers instead of investors.
Linode is the cloud provider developers trust because we give them an alternative to the costly, complex, and competitive choices they currently have in the market.
Linux and Linode
What the industry lacked was a way to make this new computing power accessible to others. While Salesforce, Amazon, and others were building their own cloud environments, the now-ubiquitous Linux open source operating system was claiming its place as the predominant server software in the market.
Jeff Dike, an active Linux contributor, had developed a technology called User-mode Linux. UML allowed developers to create virtual Linux machines within a Linux computer. It was groundbreaking technology and opened the door for the virtualized cloud we know today.
One of those developers was a young technologist, Christopher Aker. He saw an opportunity to use Dike’s hypervisor technology not to build the next Salesforce or Amazon, but to make cloud computing less complicated, less expensive, and more accessible to every developer regardless of where they were located, what their resources were or who they worked for. The company he built — Linode — pioneered cloud computing and, heavily influenced by the open source movement it was born from, remains driven not by profit, but by a larger mission to democratize cloud computing by empowering developers and helping the world innovate.
That mission and belief system — to make things more affordable and accessible to everyone — became the corporate DNA of Linode. Aker knew that certain guiding principles were needed to stay true to that mission. The first was that developer control was paramount, which meant the company had to be built on open standards with a guarantee of "no vendor lock-in". The second was that it had to be customer centric, free to make decisions in the best interests of its customers and not outside investors or shareholders.
Two decades later, Linode became the largest independent open cloud provider in the world with 11 global data centers serving nearly a million customers and businesses around the globe. Linode’s mission remains unchanged since the day it began: to accelerate innovation by making cloud computing simple, affordable, and accessible to all. Throughout its history, the bootstrapped company has deliberately rebuffed the temptation of outside investment, creating a company that reflects the higher social calling of the open source movement and freeing it to always put its customers first in every decision it makes.
Linode’s people are some of the smartest in the industry. Just as it did when pioneering cloud computing in 2003, Linode continues to play a significant role in the technological advancement of cloud computing.
Who Linode Sells To
Linode started as a company built by developers for developers. Today, it continues to serve these new innovators, as well as the growing teams, startups, and larger enterprises it's helped to create.