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We performed a comparison between Linode and NGINX Plus based on real PeerSpot user reviews.

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"The fact that you can do any Linux distribution is great. You can try out any Linux distribution, even some of the more obscure ones, and they are always keeping them up-to-date. As soon as a new distribution comes out, it is on the platform pretty much the same day, which I find really helpful.""The most valuable feature is the static IP address, which has been very helpful for being able to log into the same address over the course of more than a decade.""Because of the way that their pricing model is set up, I can scale up or down the size of a customer's server very easily. It makes life very easy for me when they run out of space, need more speed or RAM, etc. I can very easily pay the difference and reboot the machine, and now I have the upgrade that I wanted. That just makes it extremely simple.""It is also important that Linode offers worldwide coverage via multiple data centers. The ability to deploy on multiple servers, worldwide, allows us to have distributed services and failover and redundancy.""The ability to fire up a virtual machine, use it, and then kill it, is quite a valuable feature for me.""Linode offers cost-effective pricing, and it enables me to swiftly deploy my services.""The solution integrates easily.""The most valuable feature is that they are flexible and easy to get ahold of if I need something."

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"Application Gateway with application-level firewall tool and load distributor and balancer (also serves for A/B testing).""I find the solution’s community support and documentation most valuable. Compared to HAProxy, have found a lot of documentation and community support on Quora. If you would be asking me as a developer whether to choose this product, I would recommend this since it has good community support, documentation, and signature updates. The configuration of HAProxy is also very tedious. However, NGINX’s configuration is very simple.""​The flexibility of its modules allow it to be scalable.​""NGINX Plus also has NGINX App Protect. It's a separate module, which is inspired by the F5 apps.""Its most valuable features are load balancing and application delivery. This is the most efficient application for these features because of stability and its efficiency.""Valuable features include authentication, caching, reverse proxy routing, and load balancing.""The most valuable feature of the solution is that it is simple to configure.""Nginx is extremely efficient in terms of the connection rate to the CPU cycles ratio, and in terms of the bandwidth to CPU cycles."

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"Before they changed the dashboard, I found some of the more granular options easier to find.""I'm not sure what could be improved at Linode since they're likely already making enhancements, especially with the Akamai acquisition and, I don't have any specific suggestions as I haven't encountered any major issues. I might consider using API for managing DNS records, but overall, I'm satisfied with Linode.""One thing that I'd really like to see is auto-scaling node pools for their Kubernetes. I don't think that they have that. That's a huge one and would be very helpful. Specifically, what I would like is auto-scaling node pools that would scale down to zero nodes, which is tricky. That's very important for certain use cases.""There is no notification from the company regarding upgrades.""Our primary concern is always the latency.""They could have more international servers. There are certain places throughout Europe and Eastern Europe which are very open to doing a lot of technology business, such as Romania. Romania is very open to technology. At other service providers, I have stuff in Romania. I think there are some Eastern European locations that would be more open to it. So, if they could have more European points of presence, that would be more helpful.""They recently changed the web interface and although the older one did not look as good, the new one is less responsive.""They are already working on the firewalls and VLANs, which need improvement, and are now in beta. I am on the beta program for the firewalls, but I can't use it yet because they are only in Mumbai and Australia, and I am not in those data centres. This is the one thing that I have been waiting for almost since the day that I joined them, so it is nice that they are doing that. The VLANs will be an improvement as well, and I am keen and waiting for that."

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"Our most challenging part was to run an older PHP website reverse-proxied through NGINX. That was not fun.""It would be great if there was even more automation to make it even easier to maintain.""I would suggest adding GUI-based configuration panels to NGINX Plus to simplify setup and management tasks.""The drawback is that you must obtain a license for everything.""The user interface could be improved.""The KPI should be more focused on load balancing and the latency in application calling from the end system.""The scalability could be improved.""It would be good if NGINX provided a graphical user interface."

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  • "I pay just over £20 per month and have done so ever since I started eight years ago, which to me is good value."
  • "The pricing model is very simple. I like the simplicity of it, starting at $5, then doubling as it goes up from there. That is a brilliant idea, and it is not complex at all. It is about as dead simple as you can imagine. So, if you want to double what you have, then you double your price, pay the money, and reboot. It is done. It's that simple. You can't beat that."
  • "One key difference is that pricing is very hard to come by and to understand with all the bigger companies. Their pricing models are so weird and it's hard to figure out exactly how much I am going to pay for this kind of service. Everything is piecemeal. With Linode, it's simple and straightforward. You know exactly what you will have to pay at the end of the day."
  • "Compared to other service providers, like AWS and Google, the cost of services are much less and more affordable. We are saving about 90 percent by going with Linode versus other cloud providers."
  • "The pricing model is very simple. If you have very small applications, you can use the plan which costs $5 per month. That gives you 50 GB of memory and almost 1 GB of RAM. If you need more than you have to select the next plan which is $10 per month, which has about 70 GB of data and 2 GB of RAM."
  • "The value for the price is really good."
  • "Pricing is very good and flexible, according to the resources required."
  • "Being that they are small, their prices are slightly higher than the large providers like Amazon if you compare raw computing power."
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  • "Nginx is free. I don't have experience with the Plus version."
  • "I am not so happy with their pricing policy, but this is not the worse thing in my life. I can tolerate it."
  • "​NGINX Plus is worth it, if you need it. If you do not need the features or support, the free and open source package is more than capable. ​"
  • "​NGINX is a free tool in Brazil. There are some companies which do support it.​"
  • "The price is the cost to contract support with a specialized company, usually during consulting hours.​"
  • "Compared to other similar solutions on the market, I think it's over-priced."
  • "You pay for each feature that you want."
  • "The list price of NGINX Plus is close to $5,500."
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    Questions from the Community
    Top Answer:When I started using Linode, I found its functionality easy to navigate, user-friendly and responsive to my needs. It provides clear reminders about services I'm not using, like DNS zones, which I… more »
    Top Answer:Compared to other providers, I find Linode's pricing a bit higher. Storage could be more affordable.
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    Top Answer:Using NGINX Plus for web traffic distribution is fantastic. It offers performance similar to physical load balancers but with added flexibility.
    Top Answer:The pricing of NGINX Plus is a bit steep compared to other options I have used. NGINX Plus licensing is annual or three-year based, and it is socket-based. You pay for the license according to the… more »
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    Simplify your cloud infrastructure with our Linux virtual machines and robust set of tools to develop, deploy, and scale your modern applications faster and easier.

    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.

    Increase storage capacity with additional Block Storage or S3-compatible Object Storage. Add instant Backups with complete independency to your stack. Ensure your applications and services are highly-available with Linode NodeBalancers. Deploy Kubernetes clusters with our fully-managed container orchestration engine.

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    CPU, transfer, storage, and RAM bundled into one simple price.


    NGINX Plus is a versatile solution that offers load balancing, caching, proxying, and API deployment capabilities. It can be deployed on private or public clouds and is ideal for building CDN solutions. The solution can also be used to secure web applications and replace web services like Apache. 

    NGINX has helped organizations improve functioning, reduce downtimes, and offer a DevOps-friendly solution. Its community support and documentation are highly regarded, and its configuration is more straightforward, making it a recommended choice over HAProxy.

    Sample Customers
    Best Buy, Panasonic, Giphy, Marco Polo, World Health Organization, Font Squirrel
    Locaweb, AppNexus, Wix, Reliam, Montana Interactive, MuleSoft, Warpwire, Discovery Education, InkaBinka,, Gogo, GOV.UK, NASA
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company45%
    Media Company27%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Computer Software Company31%
    Comms Service Provider23%
    Energy/Utilities Company15%
    Media Company8%
    Computer Software Company15%
    Financial Services Firm14%
    Comms Service Provider11%
    Company Size
    Small Business89%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise4%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise57%
    Small Business58%
    Midsize Enterprise4%
    Large Enterprise38%
    Small Business22%
    Midsize Enterprise16%
    Large Enterprise61%
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    Linode is ranked 6th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 27 reviews while NGINX Plus is ranked 5th in Application Delivery Controllers (ADC) with 27 reviews. Linode is rated 8.8, while NGINX Plus is rated 8.8. The top reviewer of Linode writes "Straightforward to set up, helpful support, and the Object Storage is useful for system backups". On the other hand, the top reviewer of NGINX Plus writes "Quick installation and very easy to manage while doing orchestration or automation". Linode is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Cloudflare and Google Kubernetes Engine, whereas NGINX Plus is most compared with IIS, HAProxy, Kemp LoadMaster, F5 BIG-IP Local Traffic Manager (LTM) and Apache Web Server.

    We monitor all Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) reviews to prevent fraudulent reviews and keep review quality high. We do not post reviews by company employees or direct competitors. We validate each review for authenticity via cross-reference with LinkedIn, and personal follow-up with the reviewer when necessary.