Compute - Shared CPU

Balanced and affordable virtual machines equipped with shared CPU resources. Ideal for general workloads.

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Shared CPU Compute Instances are our most affordable virtual machines that offer a significant price-to-performance ratio. They provide a well balanced set of resources that are ideal for a wide range of applications. While most of our other Compute Instance types are equipped with dedicated CPUs, Shared Instances are not. This means that CPU resources are shared with other Compute Instances and a small amount of resource contention is possible.

Shared plans are ideal for development servers, staging servers, low traffic websites, personal blogs, and production applications that may not be affected by resource contention.

Shared CPU Compute Instances are suitable for general workloads that value cost over maximum performance:

  • Production applications with low to medium CPU requirements and are not affected by resource contention
  • Applications that require a balanced set of resources
  • Medium to low traffic websites, such as for marketing content and blogs
  • Forums
  • Development and staging servers
  • Low traffic databases
  • Worker nodes within a container orchestration cluster


Shared CPU instances are available across all regions.

Plans and Pricing

ResourceAvailable Plans
vCPU cores1-32 cores
Memory1 GB - 192 GB
Storage25 GB - 3840 GB
Outbound Network Transfer1 TB - 20 TB
Outbound Network Bandwidth1 Gbps - 12 Gbps

Pricing starts at $5 for a Shared CPU Compute Instance with 1 vCPU core, 1 GB of memory, and 25 GB of SSD storage. Review the Pricing page for additional plans and their associated costs. See the Comparison of Compute Instances section below to learn more about other Instance types.

Additional Technical Specifications

In addition to the resources allocated to each available plan (outlined above), Shared CPU Compute Instances have the following specifications:

Services Included at No Extra Cost

Linode bundles the following services with all Compute Instances:

Complementary Paid Services

To help build and manage your applications, consider complementing your Compute Instance with the following compatible services:

Comparison of Compute Instances

Instance TypeCPUOverview
Shared CPU InstanceShared1 GB - 192 GB Memory, 1 - 32 vCPUs, 25 GB - 2840 GB Storage
Starting at $5/mo ($0.0075/hour)

Offers a balanced array of resources coupled with shared CPUs, which keeps costs down while still supporting a wide variety of cloud applications.

Best for development servers, staging servers, low traffic web applications, and almost any modern web application.
Dedicated CPU InstanceDedicated4 GB - 512 GB Memory, 2 - 64 vCPUs, 80 GB - 7200 GB Storage
Starting at $30/mo ($0.045/hour)

Equipped with Dedicated CPUs, which provide competition free guaranteed CPU resources. Perfectly balanced for most production applications.

Best for production websites, enterprise applications, high traffic databases, and any application that requires 100% sustained CPU usage.
High Memory InstanceDedicated24 GB - 300 GB Memory, 2 - 16 vCPUs, 20 GB - 340 GB Storage
Starting at $60/mo ($0.09/hour)

Optimized for memory-intensive applications and equipped with Dedicated CPUs, which provide competition free guaranteed CPU resources.

Best for in-memory databases, in-memory caching systems, big data processing, and any production application that requires a large amount of memory while keeping costs down.
GPU InstanceDedicated32 GB - 128 GB Memory, 8 - 24 vCPUs, 640 GB - 2560 GB Storage
Starting at $1000/mo ($1.50/hour)

The only instance type that’s equipped with Nvidia Quadro RTX 6000 GPUs (up to 4) for on demand execution of complex processing workloads.

Best for applications that require massive amounts of parallel processing power, including machine learning, AI, graphics processing, and big data analysis.

See Choosing a Compute Instance Type and Plan for a full comparison.

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