Linode Is Dead, Long Live Amazon Web Services

Prior to our incorporation, we hosted sites that we managed on shared servers such as Hostony and 1and1. The cost per month per server for a shared server was ~$10. Just as virtualisation was getting hot we got introduced to Linode. For a bunch of techies getting root access to a production ready server for $20 was too good to resist. On top of that Linode had pretty decent support docs and a neat interface to get going quickly. We got onboard and stuck with them for 4.5 years. But all the goodness of Linode started to get dated. Rackspace, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Google App Engine and many other cloud computing providers had surfaced and were providing even greater control and pay-as-you-go pricing but the inertia to switch and acclimatise was too high. It’s not that we didn’t study the pros and cons of Linode’s alternatives, and it’s not that we didn’t provide AWS and other cloud computing providers as hosting options to our clients, but realistically the traffic we estimated for our clients made them fit in Linode’s pricing sweet spot.

So, what happened? Why did we move?

In a nutshell, it was an experience with them that made us realise that Linode was going extinct, and that if we continued overpaying an endling believing it was competitive with others in its species, we’d soon be defunct too.

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