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"I very much like the support that you get, and I think that it's excellent.""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 creation of instances is very good, as is their interface which is not complex and is easy to use. With the dashboard it is easy to create a new instance and add your favorite things. You can add Debian, Ubuntu, or CentOS, or any flavor of operating system. You can select the RAM for your instance as well.""The number one thing we like about Linode isn't necessarily a service, it's their support. We've found their support to be absolutely fantastic. They've been so outstanding with their support. Every single time we call them and we ask for advice or help, they go above and beyond and it's really made us appreciate what they do.""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 features are the simple scalability and ease of starting a new virtual machine.""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 appreciate.""The most valuable feature is the domain settings page."

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"The product is simple to use for a beginner.""The most valuable feature is its comprehensive support, easy resource scaling, compatibility with various OEMs, and seamless service integration.""The scalability potential is very good.""The most valuable feature of the solution is that it is an open-source solution that is easy to deploy.""The most valuable feature of Rancher Labs is its user interface, which makes it easier to work with containers and deployment.""The initial setup is simple and straightforward.""The solution is stable.""Rancher Labs is a very user-friendly tool."

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"It would be helpful if they offered a service where they handle the Linux security.""It would be nice if they had more data centers in Latin America.""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.""The only improvement in this aspect of the service which I can think of is perhaps a pool of developers who could be hired for those cases where the need goes beyond the support offered.""Before they changed the dashboard, I found some of the more granular options easier to find.""When it comes to marketing and exposure, Linode needs improvement because I just randomly found them by looking for Linux solutions.""I would like to see more seamless integration with backup, although it's pretty easy to do."

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"We'd like their monitoring tool to be integrated by default.""The solution could improve by adding more features in the dashboard, such as monitoring, scanning, and security. This would be a great benefit.""I can't migrate to the newer version.""They should improve application visibility along with code visibility.""The biggest room for improvement in Rancher Labs would be to have a proper upgrading plan.""We have found that the auto-secure feature of this solution doesn't always work, and could be improved to be more reliable, particularly when working with business critical applications.""We're looking for something that is even easier to use. It's a bit complicated.""One area for improvement in Rancher Labs is the development aspect."

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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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  • "There is an annual subscription. The price of the solution should be cheaper and have better pricing flexibility."
  • "The solution is free and open source but there is a fee for support."
  • "This is an open-source solution, so there are no licensing costs involved."
  • "Although Rancher Labs is an open-source solution, they also offer a paid version, where you buy the support when needed."
  • "The pricing of the solution sits in the mid range, not high and not low. It has a fixed price that you pay every month."
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    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.
    Top Answer: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… more »
    Top Answer:The product is simple to use for a beginner.
    Top Answer:Pricing for Genesys and Rancher Labs is quite similar, and it varies depending on the specific case and the discounts negotiated from the list price. We have a term license based on a yearly… more »
    Top Answer:To implement deployments, you can initially start with yaml files instead of relying solely on the Linux command line interface. This approach could be more comfortable for users working with yaml… 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.


    Rancher Labs build innovative, open source software that makes it easy to deploy and manage containers in production on any infrastructure. We enable organizations to accelerate all aspects of their software development pipeline, from writing and testing code to running complex microservices-based applications.

    Rancher, our flagship container management platform, allows users to easily manage all aspects of running containers in development and production environments, on any infrastructure. With well over four million downloads, Rancher has quickly become the tools of choice for teams serious about running containers in production. This includes large enterprises such as Sony, IBM, Tyco, Align Technologies and more.

    Sample Customers
    Best Buy, Panasonic, Giphy, Marco Polo, World Health Organization, Font Squirrel
    Albert Heijn, Bell, BMC, Samsung, WindStream, Johnson & Johnson
    Top Industries
    Computer Software Company45%
    Media Company27%
    Financial Services Firm9%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Computer Software Company16%
    Comms Service Provider10%
    Computer Software Company17%
    Financial Services Firm13%
    Manufacturing Company9%
    Company Size
    Small Business89%
    Midsize Enterprise7%
    Large Enterprise4%
    Small Business29%
    Midsize Enterprise15%
    Large Enterprise56%
    Small Business42%
    Midsize Enterprise8%
    Large Enterprise50%
    Small Business19%
    Midsize Enterprise14%
    Large Enterprise67%
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    Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS)
    March 2024
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    Linode is ranked 6th in Infrastructure as a Service Clouds (IaaS) with 27 reviews while Rancher Labs is ranked 5th in Container Management with 12 reviews. Linode is rated 8.8, while Rancher Labs is rated 8.2. 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 Rancher Labs writes "An easy-to-use user interface, which makes it easy to work with Kubernetes and containers". Linode is most compared with Amazon AWS, Google Cloud, Microsoft Azure, Cloudflare and Google Kubernetes Engine, whereas Rancher Labs is most compared with VMware Tanzu Mission Control, OpenShift Container Platform, Amazon EKS and Docker.

    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.