I am excited to announce that Linode has entered into an agreement to be acquired by Akamai.
You can read the official press release in our press room.
If you don’t already know Akamai, they’ve been around since the early days of the web. They invented the CDN and operate the world’s most sophisticated content delivery platform. Over the years, they’ve added world class security and edge solutions to their portfolio, among other things.
Like Akamai, we were early pioneers in cloud computing. Linode began in an apartment nearly 20 years ago and has grown into a 256 person company that operates in 11 markets serving customers in 185 countries. We’ve earned the trust of millions of customers, accelerated innovation, built world class products, and established Linode as a true alternative to our industry’s biggest competitors.
When we started to look at our long term roadmap and how to deliver the best possible customer experience, we knew it would require more — more network, more security, more scale. Those are things Akamai does better than anyone. Applications and data are increasingly pushing out to the edge where you need a wider span of resiliency, reach, low latency, and security. Combining the things Akamai does well with the things Linode does well brings these together under one roof at massive scale, creating the world’s most distributed compute platform — from core to edge.
There is natural synergy between Akamai and Linode, not only in our missions and cultures, but in the potent combination of strengths we each bring to the table. The marriage of Linode’s compute and storage products with Akamai’s serverless, CDN, and security solutions, will give customers a broader range of services to build, modernize, and scale the next generation of applications.
For the immediate future, we will continue to operate as we always have. Akamai has no intention of changing what has made us successful. This acquisition will propel us both forward — not take anything away. Linode will soon be able to call on the power of Akamai to offer entirely new products, services, expertise, locations, and scale, while Akamai will be able to tap into Linode’s deep expertise in compute, storage, and on-demand infrastructure-as-a-service.
Today, we start a new chapter in Linode’s story — one that strengthens our position in a market increasingly looking for alternatives. The transaction is expected to close in the first quarter of 2022.
Thank you — our customers, partners, and community — for supporting and empowering us to make cloud computing simple, affordable, and accessible.