Linode 1GB Review

Linode is a host that has been known for some time now, and I believe they have been running since around 2003! Their services have been classed as somewhat expensive and premium, however they are still on the same price level as competitors such as Digital Ocean and Vultr. Their 1GB ram plan has only been out for a month or so, and is a steal for $10 a month.

Linode’s performance is stable, and I’ve not seen any variants in the speed throughout using the server. They are using full SSD disks on local storage, which in my opinion does not equate to the full cloud experience.¬†You can however, clone and re-create your VPS on another location along with fast resizing. Linode also allow you to create snapshots of your server, and this could be useful for those who just like playing around or who make mistakes a lot.

As for downsides, you get 1TB bandwidth allocated to your account per Linode, and this is shared between all your Linodes. Other providers seem to be offering quite a bit more ram in the 1GB price range, with 2TB or even unlimited being common. Their network is however, very high quality and I have had no problem getting full gigabit download speeds (however the test speeds at this time were a little lower for some reason)

In other benchmark terms, the disk I/O speed is excellent – as you would expect from RAID10 SSD’s, although not as good as a performance oriented provider such as RamNode. You can see my full serverbear benchmark here. I will note that the CPU performance is a little shabby in this test, however piping dd to md5sum did not reflect this:

root@(none):~# dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1024 | md5sum
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out

1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.7762 s, 387 MB/s

And on an i5:

root@30075:~# dd if=/dev/zero bs=1M count=1024 | md5sum
1024+0 records in
1024+0 records out
1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 2.26156 s, 475 MB/s

On the subject of support at Linode, the only tickets I have had were abuse tickets. I rented user accounts on my Linode out to friends of mine, and one of them decided to start a torrent client (according to him it was a great seedbox!). Linode gives you 24 hours to reply or resolve any abuse complaints, and in this case I resolved the complaint and had no downtime. Support reply times for these tickets was under 10 minutes, and from what I hear support at linode is top notch even on the budget plans.

In conclusion Linode is a premium provider, with premium prices. What you are paying for is not necessarily the performance, but the support and assurance that your linode will be there when you need it. Sorry for the short review, this is my first time doing one!

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