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Savvy developers, SMBs, and service providers are drawn to the simplicity and price-performance of alternative cloud providers like Linode.  Learn more about this growing category and how it may fit into your infrastructure strategy.

What is an Alternative Cloud Provider?

451 Research analyst Liam Eagle defines the Alternative Cloud.

Alternative Cloud Provider Requirements

While alternative cloud providers don’t offer all the complex services of an AWS, they do deliver the core services and performance SMBs need for most workloads.


Undeniable Price-Performance Advantage

Same or better performance at a much lower price. Alternative providers deliver simple, predictable, and often bundled services, at half the cost of hyperscalers. 

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Enterprise Grade Global Network

Ubiquitous network infrastructure available via world-class data centers placed strategically around the world.

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Core Cloud Primatives

Must provide the ~20 core primitives to satisfy most workloads including; virtual machines (dedicated and shared), Kubernetes, DDoS protection, object storage, and other key infrastructure services.  

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Industry-Comparative Hardware

Enterprise server-grade hardware like AMD's new 64 core EPYC processors or NVIDIA's RTX GPU's, means that you can move workloads from hyperscalers to alternative providers and expect similar or better performance. 

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Global 24/7/365 Support

Whether you're a startup, SMB, or enterprise business, you need high-quality 24/7/365 support. Alternative cloud providers must have a support organization capable of meeting global customer expectations.

Award-winning support
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Full-featured API, CLI and Intuitive Cloud Interface

Alternative cloud providers must provide the necessary interfaces developers expect, such as full-featured APIs, CLIs, and web-based cloud managers.

Extensive Technical Documentation & Guides

Developers expect comprehensive documentation and helpful guides from providers like AWS and GCP.  For alternative cloud companies, it's no different. Extensive product documentation and at least 1,000+ guides are a must.

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Meet or Exceed Security and Compliance Standards

Enterprise security requirements for data centers, networking, and security-focused products are critical checkboxes for considering alternative cloud providers.

Free DDoS protection

One-Click App Marketplace

Ready-to-run apps and services save developers time and make it easier to scale their infrastructure. One-click app marketplaces are seen as an important cloud provider pre-requisite.

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Hyperscale public clouds make up a significant majority of public cloud market revenue. However, there is still room for alternative cloud providers to add value as enterprises increasingly adopt multicloud strategies, and smaller companies opt for services that intentionally skew away from the complexity of hyperscale cloud.

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Cloud Pricing Estimator

Ideal for individual workloads, get instant pricing comparisons of Linode vs AWS, GCP, and Azure with help from our interactive Cloud Estimator tool.

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Cloud TCO Calculator

Migrating business workloads from on-premises or between cloud providers? Generate a custom Total Cost of Ownership (TCO) report for moving workloads from on-premise or AWS to Linode.

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