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2021-01-28T11:14:00Z
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
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What needs improvement with Linode?

Please share with the community what you think needs improvement with Linode.

What are its weaknesses? What would you like to see changed in a future version?

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Andy Heathershaw - PeerSpot reviewer
Software Developer at a tech vendor with 11-50 employees
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2021-03-17T11:08:00Z
17 March 21

The biggest room for improvement would be the object storage, bringing that to more data centres. At the moment, it's only in three of their many data centres. 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. Another improvement would be on the server side, e.g., if they could support non-Linux OSs, like FreeBSD or even Windows. I heard a rumor that they might be looking at doing this. I understand that they have been focused on Linux their entire lifetime, so this would be a big change for them.

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Julio Graham - PeerSpot reviewer
Managing Director at Olive Professional Services Ltd
Real User
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2021-03-15T17:19:00Z
15 March 21

Before they changed the dashboard, I found some of the more granular options easier to find. However, it was just a matter of getting used to the new interface.

Allister MacLeod - PeerSpot reviewer
DevOps Engineer at a computer software company with 11-50 employees
Real User
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2021-03-15T02:11:00Z
15 March 21

I would like to see more seamless integration with backup, although it's pretty easy to do. Having more on-demand features would be helpful. For example, if for a little while I wanted to have four Linodes instead of just a single one, it seems like it's a little bit more difficult than spinning up an EC2 instance in AWS. It isn't a lot harder, but it could be improved nonetheless.

ME
Founder /CEO at Entropy Studios
Real User
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2021-03-14T23:59:00Z
14 March 21

Because they are a smaller company, they do not have, for example, all of the ways for authentication that Amazon or Azure has. However, that's not a downside for me because it means it's less complex to implement for us. So, while it is simple compared to some large solutions, that's a benefit to me and not a drawback.

reviewer1511274 - PeerSpot reviewer
Technical Director at HMW Computing
Real User
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2021-02-16T15:19:00Z
16 February 21

The support service and knowledge articles supplied by Linode are very comprehensive but inevitably there are situations where a user, particularly is a "newbie" is left on his or her own. 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. Offering this as a service would enhance the product. All of our servers have been configured and upgraded by our own staff, which has been a good training exercise, although at times on very tight schedules when a little guidance would have helped. I do realize this is beyond the normal remit of support, which is why I am suggesting a separate pool. Perhaps Linode could approve third-party providers and take a commission of the work provided?

KrishnaKumar - PeerSpot reviewer
Associate VP Projects at ACS Technologies Ltd.
Real User
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2021-02-09T15:16:00Z
09 February 21

Right now, they don't have multiple data centers. They have limited data centers. I am currently using the Singapore and Mumbai data centers, but I am looking for data centers in Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Africa. They need to improve the availability of their data centers and partnership engagements with cloud Panda solution providers, like us.

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LM
CTO at a tech services company with 11-50 employees
Real User
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2021-02-08T19:24:00Z
08 February 21

It would be helpful if they provided the additional Linux distributions that I prefer using. But there is still a workaround. I can do it without direct support. It's a bit more complicated, but it can still be done.

Hussnain Sheikh - PeerSpot reviewer
Freelancer at SheikhLogix
Real User
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2021-02-05T06:03:00Z
05 February 21

Everything is up-to-date for a small business. But for big business, they need to improve certain things. For example, there should be better security. They also need to provide the ability to set limits. I should be able to turn off an instance at a given percentage of its capacity.

AK
Founder and Developer at Little Bird Tales
Real User
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2021-02-04T19:24:00Z
04 February 21

The suitability of this solution depends on the features that you need. If you're an Uber-sized company then you're probably not going to want to start using Linode. If you are a large-sized organization then you're going to want to start using one of the bigger providers that gives you the scalability and the feature set that you are probably going to be needing in the future.

RW
Director at Picosoft
Real User
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2021-02-01T13:58:00Z
01 February 21

When it comes to marketing and exposure, Linode needs improvement because I just randomly found them by looking for Linux solutions. If we're in a position where we were trying to persuade our users to put their archive inquiries on to Linode, then perhaps their low profile might be a problem.

Rudolph Pereira - PeerSpot reviewer
Team Lead at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Real User
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2021-01-31T13:16:00Z
31 January 21

While Linode works well for people who have some technical experience, e.g., I am good with Linux and very comfortable with the command line, I can understand how people who are not so comfortable with the command line probably prefer a lot of feature-based cloud services. I would like Linode (without cluttering things) to provide some type of DevOps workflow where people are configuring their pipelines from running their tests and deploying to their test server. Once approved by clicking a button, it just gets deployed to production. I would like something like Azure DevOps, which we use for large applications, and would be something nice to have in Linode.

TK
Security, Programming, Infrastructure Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
Consultant
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2021-01-28T17:14:00Z
28 January 21

Linode offers worldwide coverage via multiple data centers, which is very important to me. I would like to see more European offerings. I know they have Frankfurt available right now. I would personally like to see more data centers throughout Europe or Eastern Europe available. 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.

JW
Software Engineer with self employed
Real User
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2021-01-28T11:14:00Z
28 January 21

It would be helpful if they offered a service where they handle the Linux security. Securing your own server is very difficult when you think of denial of service attacks, man in the middle attacks, and other such threats. They have documented it really well, and the documentation is very good, but I struggle to maintain a really secure server because I just don't have the expertise. If there were help available that could be provided, I would definitely pay for it.

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Julia Frohwein - PeerSpot reviewer
Senior Director of Delivery at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Feb 03, 2022
How do you or your organization use this solution? Please share with us so that your peers can learn from your experiences. Thank you!
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JW
Software Engineer with self employed
28 January 21
I used to work as a software engineer for many years and when I retired, I wanted to carry on writing software. I wanted to work on my own vanity projects, rather than anything commercial. My particular interest and hobby is traditional music, so I wanted to develop tools, such as browser applications, websites, and so forth to help people learn and to promulgate traditional music. I needed a server for that, so I decided to use Linode. I am using a cloud platform that is running Linux.
TK
Security, Programming, Infrastructure Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
28 January 21
I am generally using them for bringing up websites and servers for customers. Oftentimes, a company will want their own mail server and/or web server, and I will use Linode for that. It is extremely convenient and easy for me to do this. I really like how they are set up. They just seem to do everything right.
Miriam Tover - PeerSpot reviewer
Service Delivery Manager at PeerSpot (formerly IT Central Station)
Feb 03, 2022
Hi, We all know it's really hard to get good pricing and cost information. Please share what you can so you can help your peers.
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JW
Software Engineer with self employed
28 January 21
I like the level of resources that you get for the price that you pay and feel that it's good value for the money. 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 for what I want, and I've never actually looked at their pricing model in any depth. As far as my own limited view is concerned, it's very simple.
TK
Security, Programming, Infrastructure Consultant at a tech services company with 51-200 employees
28 January 21
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 important to me that the provider offers a relatively small, but well-focused, set of cloud computing services. I can start off a very small customer at $5 a month, then scale them up from there. I have done that numerous times. I started off a customer on a $10 month server, and now they are on a $80 month server. Being able to scale up like that is very valuable to me. 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.
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