The Largest Independent Open Cloud Provider
Our mission is to accelerate innovation by making cloud computing simple, affordable, and accessible to all.
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.
The Cloud Computing Market
Cloud infrastructure services are the fastest-growing segment of the mammoth $257 billion cloud computing industry. The public cloud (IaaS) segment is growing at 22% year over year and expected to reach $64 billion by 2021.
The cloud has fundamentally changed how we work, live, and play. Its network of remote servers store, manage, and process data to help individuals, companies, governments, and other organizations reduce the cost and complexity of owning and operating their own capital and resource-intensive computers. With the cloud, data and applications are more accessible to more people wherever they are connected to the Internet.
This fundamental shift in how business and society interacted with computers began in 1999 when Salesforce.com started the Software as a Service (SaaS) revolution. By moving computing power into the cloud, large capital outlays, scaling limitations, and data inaccessibility became part of computing’s history book. The newfound ability to virtualize hardware allowed people to pay as they went, scale up and scale down at will, and manage their infrastructure without the need for deep networking and IT expertise.
Salesforce leveraged the power of the cloud to disrupt the $3.3 billion CRM software market and become one of the most powerful software companies in the world. Companies like Amazon used the cloud to disrupt retail commerce, forever changing the world’s economic landscape. Today, we take the cloud for granted.
But back then, building your own cloud was expensive. It required massive amounts of investment. Salesforce raised $64.4 million when it was first starting out. The same went for Amazon and other early cloud adopters. To get the cost and scale benefits the cloud provided, companies needed deep pockets and even deeper technological know how.
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 is the largest independent open cloud provider in the world with 11 global data centers serving over 800,000 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.