Block Storage Now Available in Frankfurt

April 19, 2018 11:23 am

Block Storage is now available in eu-central (Frankfurt)! 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) Q2 2018
ap-northeast (Tokyo2) Q2 2018
eu-west (London) Q2 2018

 

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 Spring Events

April 3, 2018 11:02 am

Spring has sprung! We’re ready for warmer weather, sunshine and of course, attending conferences. Once again, we’ll be all over the US this season. Check out the list below to find out if we’ll be in your area.

DrupalCon
Nashville, TN | April 9-13 
For the 4th year in a row, we’ll be attending DrupalCon. Where is it this year? Music City- the country music capital of the world! Linode will be down in Nashville for the week giving out new Linode swag and credit. Be sure to check out our lounge to see what’s new. Need a charge? Our lounge will feature charging stations, come recharge with us.

PostgresConf
Jersey City, NJ | April 16-20

The 7th annual PostgresConf is in Jersey City, NJ. We’ve sponsored in the past, but this is our first time attending. The team will be there giving out credit to new users and swag for all. See you there!

Cloud Foundry Summit
Boston, MA | April 18-20 

Next stop, Bean Town. Join Linode and thousands of developers in New England to learn how to run apps at scale – using a platform or containers on multiple clouds. We’ll be there to answer any questions you may have about Linode.

LinuxFest Northwest
Bellingham, WA | April 28-29 

After spending a few days in the North East of the country, we’re off to the North West. April 28-29 we’ll be in Bellingham, WA. There’s a little something for everyone with presentations and exhibits on free and open source topics, Linux distributions & applications, InfoSec, and privacy. Be sure to stop by with any questions.

Philly Tech Week
Philadelphia, PA | April 27- May 5 

We’re excited about PTW this year. Why? It’s no longer in our backyard but at our front doorstep. Our new HQ is in the heart of Old City, and we’re getting involved more than ever. Join us and the greater Philadelphia region for a week-long celebration of technology and innovation. We’re sponsoring DevDay and hosting the after party. Make sure you check the full calendar of events, you don’t want to miss a thing!

Penguicon
Southfield, MI | May 4-6 

Next stop, Southfield, Michigan for Penguicon. This convention is run by a non-profit community for open source software and hardware, science fiction, gaming, DIY, cosplay and more! Excited? So are we. We’ll be there giving away swag, and credit. Hope to see you there.

Codeland
New York, NY | May 4-5 

We’re sponsoring Codeland for a second year. This time we’ll have a booth and will be giving out credit and of course, swag. You’ll have to stop by to grab a t-shirt and see what other fun things we decide to bring with us. Join us for this interactive, two-day conference filled with talks, panels, and workshops. See you in the Big Apple!

Red Hat Summit
San Francisco, CA | May 8-10 

We’re checking out Red Hat Summit for the first time this year. What is it? It’s an open source technology event to showcase the latest and greatest in cloud computing, platform, virtualization, and so much more! The team will be at booth #437, stop by and say hi.

PyCon
Cleveland, OH | May 10-12 

For the 4th year, Linode is heading to PyCon, but this year it’s in Cleveland. The Rock and Roll Hall of Fame is calling our name and so is the Python community! We’ll be at the conference from the 10-12 at booth #421. Be sure to check out the full list of tutorials, talks, and sprints. PyCon is a 9-day celebration.

SELF
Charlotte, NC | June 8-10 

SouthEast LinuxFest is celebrating its 10th anniversary, and we’re proud to say this is our 5th year attending. The team will be in Charlotte giving out credit to new users and answering any questions you may have. Join in on the fun with us!

Texas LinuxFest
Austin, TX | June 8-9 

While some of the team will be Charlotte, others will be in Austin for TXLF. We’ll be sure to compare notes on which area had the better BBQ! On June 8-9, you can stop by to talk Linux, get some credit and pick up some swag. See you in Texas.

Velocity
San Jose, CA | June 12-14 

We’re bringing back connect four! Be sure to stop by booth #609 to challenge us to a game. You win, you get a prize… you lose, you get a prize. Either way, you need to stop by to grab some credit. Join us for a conference that tackles systems performance from every angle. See you in San Jose.

DockerCon
San Francisco, CA | June 12-15 

DockerCon18 is heading to the home of the Golden Gate bridge, and we’re excited to be a part of this event for the second year in a row. The team will be there to answer any questions you may have, and they’ll be giving away credit. We have a new color shirt too! You’ll have to stop by to grab one.

Developer Week NYC
Brooklyn, NY | June 18-20 

This year’s New York DeveloperWeek is on the other side of the East River. Join us and 3,000+ developers for the city’s largest developer conference and expo. Discover the latest in App development, DevOps, Dev Management and FinTech Dev a block from one of the nicest views of Manhattan. See you there!

Block Storage Now Available in Newark and Dallas

March 29, 2018 10:05 am

We are happy to announce Block Storage is now available in us-east/Newark and us-central/Dallas! We will have availability in eu-central/Frankfurt within a few weeks. eu-west/London, ap-south/Singapore, and ap-northeast/Tokyo2 remain on schedule for Q2 2018.

As noted in our prior post, Block Storage Volumes appear to Linodes as block devices and can be formatted and mounted just like any block device. There are plenty of use cases for this, and we’re excited to see how you leverage the service.

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. Stay tuned for updates on the remaining deployments.

New Linode Community Site

March 16, 2018 11:33 am

We are pleased to announce the new Linode Community Questions site!

It’s a great place to ask questions, to share ideas and knowledge, to discuss Linode, Linux, the cloud, and everything else in the Linode ecosystem with peers and Linode team members. You’ll be able to start conversations, get help, give advice, and offer solutions.

Community environments get better the more people use them. We hope this will become a great resource for everyone.

There is also a new community user profile that currently lists your questions and reply activity. Your profile will eventually include additional interactions such as your comments on Linode guides and things you’ve starred. We’ve been prioritizing community and team focused functionality in the designs of upcoming stuff.

In the next few weeks we will be sunsetting the phpBB community forum. Don’t worry – we’ll be migrating all 15 years of posts (!) into the new Linode Community, and you’ll be able to easily reclaim your old forum user and posts.

Thank you so much for your participation over the years. You are, quite literally, the community and have made it what it is.

We welcome any and all feedback to help us improve the Linode Community and make it more useful and enjoyable. Thanks!

Announcing Linode Block Storage Volumes

February 1, 2018 12:39 pm

The Linode Block Storage service allows you to create and attach additional storage volumes to your Linode instances. These storage volumes persist independently of Linode instances, but can easily be attached from one Linode to another without the need to reboot. Volumes attached to Linodes appear as block devices and can be formatted and mounted just like any other block device. Think of them as an external drive – in the cloud.

Block Storage Volumes are highly available with 3x synchronous replication. They’re fast – built on great engineering, NVMe/HDD hardware, and a fast network. They’re affordable – $0.10 per GiB/month and no usage fees. They’re cloud – elastic, scalable, expandable, resizable, etc. You can create volumes from 10 GiB to 10,000 GiB (~10TB). You can hot-plug them into and out of running Linodes. Oh, and you can boot off of them, too.

The Block Storage service is available now in us-west/Fremont region only. us-east/Newark will be online in the next few weeks, with us-central/Dallas online shortly after. We’re aiming to have eu-west/London, eu-central/Frankfurt, ap-south/Singapore, and ap-northeast/Tokyo2 online in Q2, 2018.

For more information, take a peek at the Block Storage product page as well as the getting started guide.

Enjoy!

An Update to Meltdown: Mitigation Deployed

January 24, 2018 9:58 am

Per our last post, we wanted to provide a brief follow up on the status of the Meltdown mitigation at Linode. We are happy to announce that we have successfully mitigated Meltdown across our entire KVM fleet. There are a small number of Xen Linodes that will be migrated to KVM over the coming weeks. We’ll reach out to these customers shortly in order to let them know about their migration window.

We strongly felt and still feel that taking steps to mitigate known vulnerabilities sooner rather than later was the appropriate course of action. We want to ensure that our customers are always safe and secure rather than wait for uncertain mitigations to come to market in the future without a firm timeline.

We are now evaluating mitigation opportunities for the two known Spectre variants. This will be done via a number of channels – kernel updates, microcode updates, a cloud hosting industry best practice sharing community, and others. We anticipate this will take a few additional weeks of investigation and thorough testing. Once a Spectre mitigation is established, we will publish another blog post outlining our plan to address it.


Update: February 8, 2018

As a reminder, all of our KVM hosts are now properly mitigated for Meltdown. We are continuing to work towards a proper mitigation for the Spectre vulnerability and will be providing an updated plan on our blog once one is available.

For more information on these vulnerabilities, the status of our fleet, and how to protect your Linode; please refer to the Meltdown & Spectre guide.

2018 Winter Events

January 22, 2018 10:55 am

With the holidays over, we’ll be back on the road attending conferences, hackathons, and meetups. Our team will be scattered across the West Coast, East Coast, and Midwest. If you see us at an event you’re attending then stop by and say hello!

PennApps XVII
Philadelphia, PA | January 19-21
We’re not heading far for our first event of the year, just over the bridge for PennAppsXVII. Did you know that PennApps is the original college hackathon? We’ll be there helping out teams, giving out credit & swag, and awarding a prize! Join the fun the weekend of the 19th. Best of luck to everyone participating.

Developer Week
San Francisco, CA | February 3-7

Our first West Coast venture finds us in SanFran’s Bay Area for DeveloperWeek. Join Linode and 8,000 devs for the world’s largest developer expo and conference series. We’ll be there all week giving out free Linode credit. Stop by the booth to talk to the team, grab swag & credit, and learn more about Linode’s cloud.

LaraCon Online
Virtual | February 7

Not everyone can find time amid a busy schedule to attend a conference. But Laravel’s LaraCon Online is a great solution to that problem. And Linode supports this online conference – giving out credit to “virtual” attendees. All “conference” presentations will be recorded and available online for you to view whenever it’s convenient. Sign up today! Tickets are $12 for a full day of sharp-minded talks accessible from the comfort of your own desk.

PyTennessee
Nashville, TN | February 10-11

We next head back east and join PyTennessee to help promote and progress the Python language and its users. More than 30 talks and tutorials and another 4 keynotes will grace the event over a brief 2 days. How many can you take in and still have time to sign up for Linode credit? The count is on!

Net/Work Philly
Philadelphia, PA | February 27
For the 3rd year in a row, we head to Technical.ly’s Net/Work Philly. It’s the only place to be if you’re looking for an IT job, so what are you waiting for? Our team will be recruiting for positions we need filled – and we’ll have a few giveaways too!

SCaLE 16x
Pasadena, CA | March 8-11

We’re going back to California, but this time we bypass SanFran and head to Pasadena for the Southern California Linux Expo. Linode loves SCaLE! For the 4th straight year, we trek to L.A. to plant the Linode flag at the largest community-run, free-and-open-source software conference. The BIGGEST question? What color T-shirts will we give out this year? You’ll have to stop by to find out. See you there!

 

We are proudly supporting:
SwampHacks IV | Gainesville, FL | January 19-21
SpartaHacks IV | East Lansing, MI | January 19-21
HackDavis | Davis, CA | January 20-21
PixelHacks II | San Mateo, CA | January 27-28
LaraHack | Online | February 3-5
SLOHacks | San Luis Obispo, CA | February 3-5
DerbyHacks | Louisville, KY | February 10-11
TreeHacks | Stanford, CA | February 16-18
HackTCNJ | Ewing, NJ | February 24-25
SisterHacks | Bryn Mawr, PA | March 24-25

 

CPU Vulnerabilities: Meltdown & Spectre

January 3, 2018 8:42 pm

A number of serious security vulnerabilities affecting many CPU architectures were disclosed this week (CVE-2017-5753, CVE-2017-5715, and CVE-2017-5754) by Google’s Project Zero team and others. Our team is working with vendors and our own engineers to determine the implications for our platform, but the expectation is that a fleet-wide reboot will be necessary to protect against these issues.

While we work through our response plan, please understand that due to the nature and seriousness of these issues a rapid response may be necessary. As always, we will provide as much advance notice as possible. We will communicate directly to you, with scheduling information, if a reboot of your Linodes is necessary.

We will continue to keep you updated here as more information becomes available.

Information regarding these vulnerabilities can be found on the following sites:


Update: January 4, 2018

We are continuing to investigate this issue and wanted to provide a brief update as to where we are:

  • We are postponing all unrelated maintenances to focus our efforts and resources on mitigating this issue.
  • As discussed by the Scaleway team earlier today, due to the incomplete information provided by hardware manufacturers, we joined forces with other potentially impacted cloud hosting providers including Scaleway, Packet, and OVH.  We’ve created a dedicated communications channel to share information and work together to address the Meltdown & Spectre vulnerabilities.
  • We are continuing internal evaluation and testing of mitigations.  
  • We have discussions set for tomorrow for a deeper dive with the hardware providers.

We will continue providing updates here as appropriate.


Update: January 5, 2018

We’re continuing to make progress, and wanted to share the latest with you:

  • The latest stable and longterm Linux kernels were released today with the KPTI / Meltdown patches in place.  As such, we have made the 4.14.12 kernel available to you and have set it as the latest.  If you are leveraging a Linode kernel, upon your next reboot your Linode will be upgraded to this version.  This doesn’t fully mitigate you from the Meltdown and Spectre vulnerabilities, but provides us a good foundation to work with while planning for full remediation.
  • We’ve had planning sessions with our hardware providers and have been working on implementation plans for kernel, hypervisor, and firmware updates. All of these will be required to get us into a remediated state, but not all of these are available.

We are not expecting much movement on this over the weekend while we wait on external dependencies, but will certainly provide updates here if there is.  If not, more updates will be shared here on Monday next week.


Update: January 8, 2018

We are continuing to make progress with our internal testing, but are still waiting for microcode updates from our hardware providers.  Both the microcode update and the kernel update are required in order to ensure there is proper mitigation to the three variants of Meltdown and Spectre.


Update: January 9, 2018

We spent today preparing the plan for deploying the Meltdown mitigations across Linode’s fleet. Over the course of the next day we will be implementing fixes to a subset of the fleet, monitoring for impact, and then continuing the rollout to the rest. The Meltdown mitigation requires reboots of our physical hardware which will reboot the Linodes hosted on them. A subset of Linodes in the Tokyo 1, Frankfurt, and Singapore data centers will be rebooted as part of this initial group. For those affected, you will receive a support ticket and email with scheduling information.  

The reboots for this week address Meltdown only.  We have testing and planning occurring in parallel to address Spectre. Additional reboots over the coming weeks will be required to properly mitigate all Spectre variants.


Update: January 10, 2018

The rollout to the subset of our fleet has gone well so far for the Meltdown mitigation.  We are continuing with this plan and will be conducting reboots over the course of the next several days for the rest of the fleet. Customers affected will receive support ticket and emails with the reboot window for their Linodes with 24 hours of minimum notice.

  • Due to the ongoing nature of this issue, the following status page has been created.
  • We are posting a document soon that better talks about Meltdown and Spectre to show what it means to you and what you can do to prepare for it on your Linodes. We’ll share a link to this on an upcoming blog post.

Update: January 11, 2018

The mitigation process is continuing forward for Meltdown and we’re making progress each day across the fleet.  There is a new guide available with more information on these vulnerabilities and how you can protect your Linode: What You Need to do to Mitigate Meltdown and Spectre.


Update: January 12, 2018

We are continuing forward with the Meltdown mitigation process and have reboots scheduled over the weekend.  Our schedule runs through January 18th.  We are going to pause our daily blog updates until this is complete unless other actionable news becomes available.


Update: February 8, 2018

As a reminder, all of our KVM hosts are now properly mitigated for Meltdown. We are continuing to work towards a proper mitigation for the Spectre vulnerability and will be providing an updated plan on our blog once one is available.

For more information on these vulnerabilities, the status of our fleet, and how to protect your Linode; please refer to the Meltdown & Spectre guide.

Fall 2017 Events

September 14, 2017 11:29 am

Linode is all over the map for fall events this year. See below whether we’re coming to an event near you. Hope to see you there!

Node. js Interactive
Vancouver, BC | October 4-6
We’re leaving the U.S. from October 4-6 for Node.js Interactive in Vancouver. Don’t worry, all our swag is coming with us! Be sure to stop by booth B1 to grab some and blab some about how Linode can help your project.

Asbury Agile
Asbury Park, NJ | October 6
For the third year in a row, we’ll be heading to Asbury Park, NJ for Asbury Agile. This informal conference intended for IT professionals and students will be taking place on October 6. Be sure to dawdle after the conference: Happy Hour is on us. Enjoy!

All Things Open
Raleigh | October 23-24
The Raleigh Convention Center is hosting the All Things Open conference. We’ll be in downtown Raleigh, NC, October 23-24 helping attendees explore open source, open tech, and open web. Stop by to chat with a team member and get you some $50 Linode credit!

DevOpsDay
Philadelphia, PA | October 24-25
DevOpsDay is a single track, two-day event on October 24 and 25 in Philadelphia. When you aren’t in a track presentation or an Ignite talk, make sure you stop by the booth to say hello. We’ll be there both days handing out Linode credit and swag.

Forge
Napa Valley, CA | October 29-31
California, here we come – again! This time to Napa Valley. Sentry is hosting the software development community at its primary conference that addresses technical content involving the industry’s future. Come exchange ideas and mingle with us and your peers!Then, climb into Linode’s “original selfie” Photo Booth and take lots of photos to share with friends!

SaltConf
Salt Lake, UT| October 31- November 3
Linode is off to Salt Lake City, UT, once again for 4 days of SaltConf. With
two days of pre-conference training on Oct. 31-Nov. 1 and two days of the conference, you’ll have plenty of in-between time to stop by our booth, talk cloud, and grab some credit and swag. If you liked the sticky balls we had last year, you’re gonna love what we have in store for you this time. See you in the Beehive State!

2017 Summer Events

July 13, 2017 12:04 pm

Super Meetup Philly
Philadelphia, PA | August 14
Join us, Technical.ly Philly and other local tech and entrepreneurial resources on August 14 for one super meetup. We’ll be there to talk , what positions we’ve got open, and to overall meet new friends – like you!

FOSSCONFOSSCON
Philadelphia, PA | August 26
On August 26, we’re heading to FOSSCON for the 5th time! Join us for this free, open-source conference hosted in our backyard, Philadelphia, Pa. Stop by our table to talk cloud hosting and check out our new swag!

Linode Python Talk
Atco, NJ | September 7
On Thursday, September 7, we’ll be joining the South Jersey Python User Group for a meetup at 12:30 p.m. Linode’s Will Smith and Rob DeRose will make a presentation on Python Wrapper and CLI for the new API and discuss how Linode uses Python for it!

Open Source Summit & Linux Plumbers Conference
Los Angeles, CA | September 11-13, 13-15The Linux Foundation
California, here we come! We’re off to the West Coast for back-to-back conferences. First, we visit the Open Source Summit September 11-13, and then the Linux Plumbers Conference, Sept. 13-15. We’ll be in Los Angeles, Calif., all week, so stop by to chat with our team – and get $50 credit on a new Linode account.

AGCAustin Game Conference
Austin, TX | September 22-24
Into gaming? Come to the Austin Game Developers Conference (AGC) the weekend of September 22. AGC provides critical insight into online game development. Be sure to stop by our booth (#301) to see how Linode can help you get your game on!

OLFOhio LinuxFest
Columbus, OH | September 29-30
To close out September, we’re venturing to Columbus, Ohio. Come hang out with us and the Midwest’s largest audience of free and open-source software users at Ohio Linux Fest. Of course, we’ll be giving away credit and swag, so don’t miss out.