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April 2021
No-cost services, product roadmap updates, and DevOps research
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It turns out some things in life are free. This month we’re highlighting the free services available to you. From DNS management to automatic DDoS protection, you can take advantage of these services using the Cloud Manager, API, or CLI. More details are below. You also will find updates on the VLAN beta and enhanced images capabilities. Lastly, make sure you download our latest research report, DevOps and the Alternative Cloud.
Featured Guides
As one of the most popular programming languages, the Python ecosystem offers a variety of frameworks to help you build a web API. This guide provides an overview on some well-known Python frameworks used to build APIs and discusses their differences and strengths.
FastAPI is a modern Python micro-framework with all the functionality to support production applications. In this tutorial, get familiar with FastAPI and learn how to build a REST API that returns information about programming languages.
Serverless SQL databases straddle the gap between the two major types of databases: client/server relational databases (such as MySQL or PostgreSQL) and NoSQL databases (like MongoDB or CouchDB). This guide covers the pros and cons of SQLite and some popular use cases for this portable and accessible database.
Updates
Learn About Your Free Linode Services
We’ve made additions and improvements to Linode services that are freely available to users. Better manage and secure your network with DNS management, add basic monitoring, benefit from automatic DDoS protection, and implement firewall rules with the recent release of Cloud Firewalls. Add these services using the Cloud Manager, API, or CLI.
Product Roadmap: Private VLANs and Images Enhancement
The upcoming private VLAN service allows customers to create a private Layer 2 network for secure communication between your Linodes. VLANs are currently in beta, but you can sign up to get notified when VLAN is widely available.

We are also enhancing the existing images capabilities to allow you to create your own disk images that can be deployed as needed. You can learn more about the current implementation here, and watch the blog for updates on the release.
Insight into the capabilities and priorities developers expect from cloud infrastructure providers. In a market where hyperscalers dominate, a small band of alternative cloud providers — which includes DigitalOcean, Hetzner, Linode, and OVHcloud — is having an outsized impact.
Open Source
Automate repetitive tasks and deploy custom-configured Linux servers with Linode StackScripts.
90% of enterprise IT leaders are using open source. So, where is open source being applied? This article dives into open source trends and the benefits of a multicloud strategy.
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Events
Helm Workshop
On-Demand Coming Soon
Beyond the Big 3
On-Demand Webinar
DevOps and the Alt Cloud
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May 7-15
PyCon
May 12-18
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