Linode turns 17 today! My sincere thanks to the entire Linode team, who work hard to support each other, and you – our customers. As we’ve done in past years, we want to celebrate with a few updates…
This year’s updates are based on input from you, our customers and community members, and include DNS rendering time improvements, larger Dedicated CPU instances, High Memory plans go dedicated, and managed Kubernetes availability in all regions*.
DNS Manager – Rendering Time Improvements
When you add or change DNS zones or records, your changes will now be reflected at our authoritative nameservers in under 60 seconds. This is down from the previous “every quarter hour” approach that we had for so long. This should make life much easier for those needing faster changes reflected out into the world, like when doing Terraform deployments and other scenarios.
Linode’s DNS Manager service is included free, and is served by over 100 any-casted POPs all around the world.
New Larger Dedicated CPU Instances
Last year we doubled the storage on Dedicated CPU instances, and we’re continuing to expand this instance class with three new monster plans: Dedicated 128GB, Dedicated 256GB, and Dedicated 512GB. Check out the plan lineup for more information.
Dedicated instances are optimized for workloads where consistent performance is required or where full-duty work (100% CPU all day, every day) is required. This includes build boxes, CI/CD, video encoding, machine learning, game servers, databases, data mining, and busy application servers. Get started with a Dedicated CPU.
High Memory plans upgraded to Dedicated Cores
Our High Memory Plans, which previously ran on shared CPUs, will now run on 100% dedicated CPU cores. This means better performance and resource utilization for supporting your high-performance databases, in-memory caches, and real-time big data processing. This upgrade remains at the same pricing.
If you’re an existing user of a high memory plan, you’ll be given the option to upgrade to dedicated cores. Get started with a High Memory instances.
Linode Kubernetes Engine Reaches Global Availability
Linode Kubernetes Engine (LKE) was recently released as an easy and simple way to build your infrastructure using managed Kubernetes. Over the past few weeks, we have expanded the footprint of LKE to serve each of our global markets*.
If you’re exploring Kubernetes as part of your deployments, LKE fits into your existing Linode infrastructure and can be deployed via Cloud Manager, API, or CLI. It also comes with a complimentary Kubernetes control plane – including API, scheduler, etcd, and resource controllers. Create a cluster now.
* Please note LKE is not currently available in our Atlanta data center pending a planned upgrade of that facility.
What’s Coming Next
- Additional Object Storage deployments (next up is Singapore) and features (fine-grained ACLs, Let’s Encrypt / bring your own SSL cert support)
- More Cloud Manager UI/UX refinements (good stuff)
- NodeBalancer improvements (PROXY protocol, Let’s Encrypt certs)
- Atlanta Upgrades
- Private VLANs beta
- Bare Metal Linodes beta
- Managed Databases (MySQL to start with) beta
- Networking and fleet stability and performance improvements have been the top priority for us since January. About 25% of our fleet has received these updates, with the remaining rollouts happening soon.
We appreciate you and your business every day and look forward to serving you as we head into year 18. Thank you.