Linode Community Update – November 2018

November 28, 2018 3:33 pm

At Linode, we consider our user community to be one of our greatest assets. If you’ve been following our journey since the launch of the Linode Community Site, you’ve probably seen and felt the ways in which our user community is growing. We want to take some time to talk about some of the great things that have come since, and recognize your contributions to its value and success.

To start, since launch, we have over 18,000 established user profiles on the Community Site, which includes over 15,000 user profiles that we migrated from the phpBB community forum. As we mentioned in our initial blog post, we migrated 15 years of forum history to the Community Site, which included over 10,000 posts and over 50,000 responses. Since then, we’ve seen thousands more questions and answers posted by users like yourself, having conversations on topics ranging from general Linode-related questions to more specific questions about Linux and related applications.

We also want to mention some of the newer features that we’ve added to the Community Site since it launched.

In March, we improved the Markdown functionality, which allows users to better format questions and answers. In April, we added new sorting options, and in May we improved further, allowing users to find unanswered questions and be the first to share their own knowledge on the wide range of topics being discussed. Linode Staff can now pin topics, making recent, more relevant discussions easily discoverable. In June, we added the ability for users to @mention others, similar to what you’d find in popular chat applications and social networks. Users that are mentioned will receive a notification within the new Linode Cloud Manager, and from there, they will be able to jump right into the conversation. Most recently, in September, we added the ability for users to share a little love in the form of “likes” for questions and answers posted by others. We’ve also included the Community Site as a resource in the “Get Help” page of the new Linode Cloud Manager.

We’ve come a long way since launch and we have even bigger plans for the Community Site that we’ll be revealing in the coming months. In the short term, look for changes to the search functionality, which we’re looking to enhance using predictive search. We’re also planning to integrate Community Site search within the “Get Help” page of the new Linode Cloud Manager, as well as likes and email notifications to keep you in the loop with conversations that are important to you.

Our foundation here at Linode has been built in large part by your conversations with us, your enthusiasm for being a part of our journey and your insight into ways we can do better. This Community Site is our way to give back and help you grow too. We hope this resource will be a place for you to ask questions, find answers, and exchange ideas and information with other users like yourself. We’re really excited about the progress we’ve made so far, and we want to thank you for being a big part of that.

So, thank you!

As always, we welcome your feedback about how we can improve the Community Site and our platform further.

Now Available: Linode Terraform Provider

October 30, 2018 9:53 am

We are excited to announce the official release of the Linode Terraform Provider. As official maintainers of the provider, we will continue to support and develop it in collaboration with our partner HashiCorp.

Terraform is a popular open source infrastructure as code tool that’s quickly becoming the industry standard for infrastructure automation. With it, you can define, build, deploy, and change cloud infrastructure and related services.

The Linode Terraform provider allows customers to create and manage:

  • Linode Instances
  • Block Storage Volumes
  • Domains
  • NodeBalancers
  • Images, StackScripts, and SSH Keys

Terraform can also be used to manage hundreds of other web services including New Relic, CloudFlare, or PagerDuty.

Getting Started with Terraform

We’ll be adding support for more Linode resources in the coming months along with more guides and sample configurations. Here are a few helpful resources to get you started.

For a walkthrough on installing and creating a Linode with Terraform, read the Use Terraform to Provision Linode Environments guide.

The provider documentation can be referenced for help with any of the resources and their parameters.

On GitHub, you will find the source, change log, and an in-depth example that creates a scalable Linode web cluster backed by Linode NodeBalancers, Domains, and Block Storage Volumes. If you encounter any problems, open an issue on Github.

Enjoy!

Block Storage Now Available in Tokyo 2

October 8, 2018 11:28 am

Many of you have been waiting for this one, and we are happy to announce that Block Storage is now available in ap-northeast (Tokyo2)!

Here is our current matrix of availability:

Data Center Availability
us-east (Newark) Available Now
us-central (Dallas) Available Now
us-west (Fremont) Available Now
eu-central (Frankfurt) Available Now
ap-south (Singapore) Available Now
ap-northeast (Tokyo2) Available Now
eu-west (London) Available Now

 
To get started with Block Storage today, feel free to take a look at the Block Storage product page as well as the getting started guide.

2018 End of Year Events

September 18, 2018 9:58 am

As the hazy days of Summer draw to a close, we find ourselves Fall-ing into a busy conference schedule. Check out the list below to see all the areas we are heading to. Come for the swag and promo credit, stay for the friends you meet along the way. We hope to see you as we hit the road this season!

Asbury Agile – October 5th 

We’re crossing the bridge and heading up the parkway to Asbury Park, New Jersey for Asbury Agile. Looking forward to a day of workshops with some of tech’s great minds. We wouldn’t be opposed to a little Bruce Springsteen either. We are sponsoring the Happy Hour again so come on over, have a drink and hang out with some Linodians.

PyGotham – October 4th-6th

From New Jersey, we move on up to the East Side, to a deluxe conference in the sky. We are excited to be in the Big Apple at the Hotel Pennsylvania. PyGotham has stayed true to its roots by being for developers and run by developers. We’re excited to see what they have planned for their 7th year. Don’t forget to swing by the Linode booth to see what cool stuff we brought for you!

Node+Js Interactive – October 10th-12th

We’re grabbing our passports and heading to Vancouver for Node+JS Interactive. Join us for two days of talks, collaboration, and all things JavaScript. We’ll be there with our industry best soft t-shirts and other swag as well as promo credit. Stop by to talk with the team about Linode and how it can work for you!

Ohio Linux Fest – October 12th-13th

Here we go again on our own, going down the only road we’ve ever known to Columbus Ohio, for the 16th annual Ohio Linux Fest. What’s that you say? A grassroots conference for the GNU/Linux/Open Source Software/Free Software community? Featuring attendees and presenters from all over the United States, nay the world? Sign us up! We look forward to hearing all things Open Source and chatting with fellow Linux users.

DjangoCon – October 14th – 18th

You stay classy, San Diego, because we’re coming to town for DjangoCon. As the leaves change, and the temperature begins to venture into hoodie weather, we’ll be taking our talents to the West Coast. Stop by the Linode booth to gear up in a super soft tee shirt and some of our other swagalicious items. We look forward to seeing you on the left coast.

RGB Lan October 19th-21st

Do you like video games? Do you like charity? Do you like not sleeping? Then come on down to RGB Lan, which is only a hop, skip, and a jump from our Philly office. We will be sponsoring this 48-hour endeavor for the first time this year and rumor has it there may even be some prizes. Don’t miss out!

All Things Open – October 21-23rd

We had a blast at All Things Open last year and are really excited to join again this year. Come explore open source, open tech and the open web in enterprise in lovely Raleigh, North Carolina. Worried you’ll get some Carolina BBQ on your shirt? Don’t worry, we will have plenty to give out to any and all comers who visit the Linode booth.

HashiConf – October 22nd-25th

HashiCorp presents its annual user and tech conference in San Francisco. We hear there is going to be a Full House…get it…because Full House was in San Francisco. Bad jokes aside, we are excited to experience HashiConf for the first time. Come on by, say hello, grab some swag, get promo credit and make a friend. We’re nice, we swear!

LISA18 – October 28th-31st

The Linode train is going to keep rolling on into the Music City! Nashville. LISA is the shining city on the hill for operations professionals and we are excited to attend. Show us some of that southern hospitality and visit the Linode booth to say hello.

Developer Week Austin – November 6th-9th

Everything is bigger in Texas and Developer Week is no exception. Developer Week is Austin’s largest developer trade show. Is Austin the coolest city on our Fall tour? We certainly can’t say definitively, but what better place to talk all things tech? Meet us at the Salt Lick after the show and we can eat BBQ until we fall asleep. See you there!

BarCamp – November 10th

BarCamp Philly calls itself the “unconference” – a day of programming collaboratively built by the people, for the people being  held for its 11th year in our home, the City of Brotherly Love, Philadelphia. What else needs to be said? Talk tech, get a cheesesteak, see the sights and visit us at BarCamp!

KubeCon / CloudNative Con – December 9th-14th

Be there or be square. As winter descends on our East Coast home, we will be crossing this great country to visit the birthplace of grunge music in Seattle! Bring your flannel shirts, your questions, and a bag to bring home all the cool stuff. This is Cloud Native Computing Foundation’s flagship conference and brings together a diverse array of people from within the open source and cloud native communities. We hope to see you there.

Linode & Limelight Networks

September 12, 2018 11:28 am

Every day companies are developing, deploying and delivering new solutions using the Linode cloud platform. For these organizations to provide responsive apps and keep experiences closer to their users, many require a decentralized, low-latency solution that puts their applications and systems nearer the network edge.

With one of the world’s largest private global networks, Limelight brings a full suite of competitive solutions to the market including digital content delivery, video, cloud security, and edge computing services. As a partner, we are excited to be providing our cloud computing capabilities as part of Limelight’s new edge cloud offering and, in turn, making customized CDN and edge solutions available to our customers running API-driven mobile or IoT applications on a global scale.

Limelight’s QoS-enabled network has 35+ Tbps capacity and a 100GbE private fiber backbone connected to more than 900 ISP and last-mile networks. Top brands such as Marvel, Nintendo, and the BBC rely on Limelight to deliver a competitive advantage through solutions that extend the power of their multi-cloud architectures.

This relationship is significant because Linode’s high-performance compute, storage, backup, and load balancing services can now be enhanced by Limelight’s industry-leading content delivery capabilities. Through this new strategic partnership, Linode and Limelight are ushering in the next generation of application delivery tailored for cloud platform customers by reducing the cost of data transportation, decreasing latency, and improving application availability.

Read more about our new partnership by visiting Limelight or contact our sales team for more information.

Intel’s L1TF CPU Vulnerabilities & Linode

August 16, 2018 4:28 pm

Earlier this week Intel publicly disclosed a new class of processor vulnerabilities known as L1 Terminal Fault (L1TF). Variants of L1TF affect many single and multi-tenant environments, including some of Linode’s infrastructure and Linodes themselves.

We have begun mitigation efforts and anticipate full mitigation of our fleet within the next few weeks. We believe we can achieve this without any interruption to your running systems, and without requiring any coordination on your part. However, this is still evolving and we’ll know more as we go. Early results of our mitigations have been encouraging.

While that protects our side of things, you should make sure you’re running a Linux kernel with the mitigations in place. Check out our guide on upgrading your kernel.

As we move forward with our mitigation efforts over the next few weeks, we will continue providing more information here on our blog. Stay tuned!

Block Storage Now Available in Singapore and London

June 7, 2018 10:04 am

Block Storage is now available in ap-south (Singapore) and eu-west (London)!

Here is our current matrix of availability along with ETAs:

Data Center Availability
us-east (Newark) Available Now
us-central (Dallas) Available Now
us-west (Fremont) Available Now
eu-central (Frankfurt) Available Now
ap-south (Singapore) Available Now
ap-northeast (Tokyo2) Q3 2018
eu-west (London) Available Now

 
ap-northeast (Tokyo2) will be available in early Q3 and we will also be adding capacity to us-west (Fremont) in a similar timeframe.

To get started with Block Storage today, feel free to take a look at the Block Storage product page as well as the getting started guide.

Spectre Variants 3a and 4 (Spectre-NG) and Linode: What you need to know

May 22, 2018 4:03 pm

Intel announced details and mitigation information for Spectre variant 4 known as “Speculative Store Bypass” on May 21, 2018. The details and mitigation notes describe a microcode update which also addresses variant 3a named “Rogue System Register Read.”

Variants 3a and 4 are considered “Side-Channel Vulnerability Variants.” Variant 4 is focused around speculative store bypass, and could potentially impact processes local to your Linode. Based on our current understanding of this issue, we do not believe it’s possible to exploit this vulnerability to gain access to the host hypervisor or other Linodes. We have not seen exploit code in the wild yet. However, we highly recommend that you update the packages on your Linode to the latest version as a preventative measure.

So far it’s looking like we will need to apply microcode and software updates to achieve full mitigation for this vulnerability. The microcode is currently in beta, and our security and engineering teams will be working with Intel to evaluate this and its impact on our host fleet.

Depending on the effectiveness of the microcode and software updates, we may be required to reboot the fleet. In the event that reboots are necessary, we’re committed to providing at least two full weeks of notice to all customers. At a high level, we are not anticipating any actions for a few months. The security of our customers is of critical importance to us, and we will continue providing information here as it becomes available.

Updated Linode Plans / New Larger Linodes

May 17, 2018 12:26 pm

We’ve updated the Linode lineup!

All plans have received a resource increase. All standard instances now come with more disk space, with the larger standard plans getting a RAM, vCPU, and storage increase. The High Memory plans got a RAM boost. We’ve also introduced a new large standard instance: the Linode 192GB, complimenting our largest High Memory Linode: the Highmem 300GB. Check out the full lineup on our pricing page.

All new plans are available now – new Linodes will get the new specs. And, as always, these upgrades are available to your existing Linodes, too – you’ll see a “pending upgrade” banner in the Linode Manager.

We’d love to know what other instances types or sizes you’d find useful. Let us know in the comments.

Enjoy!

Linode’s New Bug Bounty Program – Now on HackerOne

May 16, 2018 11:23 am

We are excited to announce the launch of our new Bug Bounty program on HackerOne! This new program will allow us to continue to receive security findings from key security researchers around the world as well as improve our overall process: reduction in cycle time, visibility into workflow process, and more.

We are starting invite-only for the next 90 days and then will open the program up to the public. Please log in to HackerOne to view the full policy and program guidelines. We also have some complementary information available on linode.com/security.