The New Linode Cloud: SSDs, Double RAM & much more

April 17, 2014 10:00 am

Over the last year, and very feverishly over the past five months, we’ve been working on a really big project: a revamp of the Linode plans and our hardware and network – something we have a long history of doing over our past 11 years. But this time it’s like no other. These upgrades represent a $45MM investment, a huge amount of R&D, and some exciting changes.

SSDs

Linodes are now SSD. This is not a hybrid solution – it’s fully native SSD servers using battery-backed hardware RAID. No spinning rust! And, no consumer SSDs either – we’re using only reliable, insanely fast, datacenter-grade SSDs that won’t slow down over time. These suckers are not cheap.

40 Gbps Network

Each and every Linode host server is now connected via 40 Gbps of redundant connectivity into our core network, which itself now has an aggregate bandwidth of 160 Gbps. Linodes themselves can receive up to 40 Gbps of inbound bandwidth, and our plans now go up to 10 Gbps outbound bandwidth.

Processors

Linodes will now receive Intel’s latest high-end Ivy Bridge E5-2680 v2 full-power server-grade processors.

New Plans

We’ve doubled the RAM on all Linode plans! We’ve also aligned compute and outbound bandwidth with the cost of each plan.

In other words, the number of vCPUs you get increases as you go through the plans. And on the networking side, Linodes are now on a 40 Gbit link, with outbound bandwidth that also increases through the plans. Inbound traffic is still free and restricted only by link speed (40 Gbps).

Plan RAM SSD CPU XFER Outbound
Bandwidth
Price
Linode 2G 48 GB 2 cores 3 TB 250 Mbps $0.03/hr | $20/mo
Linode 4G 96 GB 4 cores 4 TB 500 Mbps $0.06/hr | $40/mo
Linode 8G 192 GB 6 cores 8 TB 1 Gbps $0.12/hr | $80/mo
Linode 16G 384 GB 8 cores 16 TB 2 Gbps $0.24/hr | $160/mo
Linode 32G 768 GB 12 cores 20 TB 4 Gbps $0.48/hr | $320/mo
Linode 48G 1152 GB 16 cores 20 TB 6 Gbps $0.72/hr | $480/mo
Linode 64G 1536 GB 20 cores 20 TB 8 Gbps $0.96/hr | $640/mo
Linode 96G 1920 GB 20 cores 20 TB 10 Gbps $1.44/hr | $960/mo

And in case you missed it, we announced hourly billing recently, too.

Availability

All new Linodes will be created exclusively on the new Linode Cloud, using the new plan specs and on the new hardware and network.

Likewise, existing Linodes can upgrade free of charge via the “Pending Upgrades” link on your Linode’s Dashboard (bottom right), however there are some temporary availability delays while we work through getting hundreds of more machines in the pipeline:

New Linodes Upgrade Existing 64-bit Upgrade Existing 32-bit
Fremont, CA Yes Yes Yes –
switch kernels
or
contact support
Dallas, TX Yes Yes
Atlanta, GA Yes Yes
Newark, NJ Yes Yes
London, UK Yes Yes
Tokyo, JP Yes Yes

Linodes that have configuration profiles that reference 32-bit kernels will need to wait while we ramp up 32-bit compatible availability. If you don’t want to wait, you can check out our switching kernels guide, or redeploy using a 64-bit distribution.

Also, new Linodes created on the new Linode cloud can only deploy 64-bit distributions, of which we support all popular versions. If you have a special need for legacy bitness, please open a support ticket and we’ll do our best to accommodate you.

TL;DR

Linode = SSDs + Insane network + Faster processors + Double the RAM + Hourly Billing

In conclusion………

HELL YEAH!

This is the largest single investment we’ve made in the company in our almost eleven year history. We think these improvements represent the highest quality cloud hosting available, and we’re excited to offer them to you. We have always been committed to providing upgrades for our customers and are excited about continuing our focus on simplicity, performance, and support.

Thank you for your continued loyalty and for choosing us as your cloud hosting provider.

Enjoy!

208 Responses

  1. Linode = Awesome. My only question though, currently on my 1GB Linode I have access to 8 cores, but the new plan says 2 cores? Are we getting reduced processing power, or just fewer threads but more of each thread available? :S

  2. <3 Linode

  3. If you take the upgrade, you inherit the new plan specs, vcpus and all.

    We’ve greatly reduced the contention on these new machines compared to our old structure, and in testing this new arrangement provides much more consistent CPU time with less potential for steal. We think it’s great and totally worth the move, otherwise we wouldn’t have done it. These machines are incredibly fast, faster procs, SSDs, the network is incredible, etc.

  4. Ok, thats fair enough, memory seems to be the biggest limitation now anyway, especially moving to 64-bit too. Just waiting for Ubuntu 14.04 LTS and I’ll be spinning up a new 2GB Linode then ๐Ÿ™‚

  5. I just switched my configuration profile over from 32-bit to 64-bit following the instructions in the guide linked above, but I’m still getting the “References 32-bit configuration profile” error when I try to do the free upgrade. Does it just take a while to “refresh” the availability of the upgrade, or…?

  6. This is really great news. Was also wondering if there’s a chance of a 1 Core / 1GB option?

  7. awesome… i love linode…
    feeling excited… to experience new environment…
    Thank you linode.. ๐Ÿ™‚

  8. I am very excited and happy about these great news!

  9. Riley: Had the same problem – logging out and back into my Linode Dashboard did the trick.

  10. I looked into converting my 32bit Gentoo to 64bit but it looks rather complicated. I guess I will wait the ETA 2 months…

  11. Has your CPU usage policy changed?

    For example, if I use 1.5-2.0 load 24/7 on a $20 plan constantly, will anything bad happen?

  12. It’s great that the bigger boxes are getting more than 250Mb outbound now, but what about the nodebalancers?

  13. In “Add a Linode” there is London listed in dropdown. Are they are really available or by trying to get Linode there now I will get old setup?

  14. I’m really happy because this can be an example! R&D and investments are always a good thing!! Congrats for the courage and keep up the great work guys!!!! ๐Ÿ™‚

  15. Wow! A happy customer just got happier.

    Linode has always been the true home of Farmwell, even when Digital Ocean has been trying to seduce us this past year… I somehow knew you guys would raise the bar yet another notch!

    Linode stands for quality and great customer support, so do we. We’re a perfect match.

    Thank you.

  16. Been with Linode for many years now and you keep on giving me more for less! Thanks and keep up the great work!

  17. Awesome! I’ve been waiting a long time for this. I’ve been a customer for quite a long time, and I’ve only ever seen Linode return value back to its customers.

    Thank you for this!

  18. Are more cheaper plan e.g. 512MB availble? To run apps, low RAM need powerfull CPU

  19. Riley – we just fixed that issue. It was a session problem. Sorry about that.

    Chris – stay tuned ๐Ÿ™‚

    sundaymouse – while there’s no official policy other than “don’t be a dick”, I don’t think spinning a core is that big of a deal.

    Jonathan – NodeBalancers don’t share the same bandwidth limits as Linodes – they’re already uncorked.

    Endijs – London is sold out for the next week or so (we’re trying finish it up sooner).

  20. You guys are always fantastic! I’m excited about changes to the arcitecture and the hourly billing is making me consider finally dropping Rackspace

  21. Does the outbound bandwidth cap also apply to internal traffic (Linode-to-Linode within the same datacenter), or is that uncapped for all Linode plans?

  22. @caker: so how exactly is it laid out then, is a 4G box limited to 500Mb outgoing to the nodebalancer, and the nodebalancer is not limited outgoing at all?

    I have 3 (new) 8G’s behind a nodebalancer now, will my theoretical throughput from the nodebalancer be 3Gb?

    Thanks ๐Ÿ™‚

  23. Thanks a lot! Linode is always the best.

  24. Rackspace cloud customer here… Your upgrades are very tempting to entice me to switch.

    Just a couple things preventing me from doing so:
    1) $10/month size suitable for a dev instance.
    2) Some kind of scalable file storage solution with CDN integration – like RS CloudFiles + Akamai or AWS S3 + Cloudfront or block storage to attach to an individual server.

    I guess you get what you pay for… infrastructure components and flexibility AWS > RS > Linode > DO which matches the price point.

  25. So is ext4 finally supported with these awesome upgrades? Or are we still limited to ext3 if we want backup support and the like?

  26. I’ve been a long-time subscriber (Linode 64 FTW!), and I signed up under an annual “bonus” plan where I get extra disk space. If I migrate, do I keep my bonus disk space, or does the migration remove that extra benefit?

  27. Jonathan – You’d ultimately be limited by the speed of the NodeBalancer’s link into the network. Right now they’re on the old network (2Gbit async), and we’ll be moving them over to the new hotness once things settle. Are you planning on doing gigabits/sec? Cool ๐Ÿ™‚

    James – Yes, we’ll be moving on with ext4 support starting with new distros. FWIW, The backups system works with ext4 just fine, along with other filesystems (it’ll just restore into an ext3 vol).

    Dan – Yup. You’ll keep everything plus the new specs. Thanks for being a long time listener ๐Ÿ™‚ We appreciate it.

  28. Just curious. I currently have a 32bit Kernal config. If I switch to a 64bit config and have issues, I will not be able to go back to 32 bit correct?

  29. Oh sweet. I knew it was a good idea to switch off of aws to linode. Keep up the great work.

  30. amazing linode.
    I am in the Migration Queue!

  31. Lindle – correct. Have a backup plan ๐Ÿ™‚

  32. Does the 32bit limitation also apply to pv-grub-32 users? I run the OS distro kernel but, of course, need pv-grub to boot it ๐Ÿ™‚

  33. Stephen – yes, it does.

  34. @caker: not gigabit, but certainly more than 250Mb. I’m currently running two nodebalancers round robin to handle traffic spikes. I guess I can kill one of them now?

  35. @caker:

    I just “upgraded” from the old 1 GB RAM plan to the 2 GB RAM plan that replaces it. Before the upgrade I would get approximately 1.2 Gkey/sec when running vanitygen, and after the “upgrade” I get approximately half, 820 Kkey/s. So my CPU just got half the speed after this “upgrade”.

    I opened a ticket to report the error, but got this as the answer:

    “Thank you for contacting us. The new host are indeed using newer Intel CPUs. The only difference would be that your Linode now has 2 vCPUs rather than the 8 of the old plan.”

    Then I replied:

    “So you are actually confirming that I am supposed to get a downgrade after pressing the upgrade button? I think this is very bad service from Linode as a company and feel cheated!”

    Then I got this reply:

    “I can understand why it may seem that way, however with the new SSD drives and the quicker IO speed, your Linode CPU cores will spend less time processing IO requests and actually increase the speed of your Linode as compared to our old plans.”

    I still feel cheated on my CPU power, since your blog post promised a faster CPU after the “upgrade” but what I got was a downgrade by 50 %. You should not advertise that the CPU will be upgraded. You should be honest and advertise that after pressing the upgrade button, most things will be upgraded except for the CPU time, which will be downgraded by 50 %.

  36. are you still based on xen? or changed to kvm or others?

  37. I’m sorry you feel cheated, but please consider you’re also getting much faster SSDs, a much faster 40 Gbit network, double the RAM, newer faster processors, all free – at no additional cost. These are very significant and very expensive upgrades. It is my hope that you don’t feel like that is cheating you.

    We’ve stated very openly and clearly about all of the plan specs, and that taking the upgrade your specs would change, and I don’t feel like we’ve deceived anyone. I’m very sorry you don’t see the overall improved value in these changes.

    Having said that, we believe the CPU changes are the best thing to do, else we wouldn’t have done them. We believe that overall contention will vastly improve, and that the very real problem of cpu steal will be greatly reduced – resulting in a more consistent level of performance for everyone.

  38. @Tommy: It depends on your use case. Many people care more about consistent single-threaded performance, and you’re actually reporting your per-core performance is now nearly three times the performance it was before… To somebody who has a computationally intensive single thread, they’d see a huge performance boost. Also, the fact that the core count scales now means the available CPU power actually scales properly with the plan size. Before, with everybody having the same core count, a $20/mth linode and a $960/mth linode would have the same CPU performance assuming a low-contention host, and that just doesn’t make any sense.

  39. You stated “datacenter-grade SSDs…”.

    What specifically are the drives you are using for this all-SSD migration please?

  40. If Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is released today, how soon until there is a image available on Linode?

    All in all, I like all the upgrades!

  41. @adam:

    Ok, thanks for clarifying and giving a bit of history. So previously I got more CPU time than I should have gotten on a 20 USD/month linode, and now that problem of imbalance has been fixed, for the fair benefit of larger linode plans on the same host. I can and do see how this benefits the hosts as a whole and agree that this upgrade makes CPU sharing more fair between customers on a same host. At the same time I believe that CPU sharing should be explained much better and thoroughly in the FAQ of linode.com than it is currently.

    So, since it seems that I’ve simply been getting more than my fair share of CPU time until today’s upgrade (that corrected the unfairness), I no longer feel cheated. And of course I’m happy with all the other upgrades made to the hosts. Thanks for that Caker & co!

  42. Awesome changes Linode! Sticking with you has been a no brainer, very impressed with the new CPUs, SSDs, and especially another round of RAM doubling.

  43. Wow. That’s what I’m talking about Linode! Thank you guys!!

  44. Yay! Now for a Linode Manager facelift, yeah?

  45. Any thoughts of an SEA datacenter (Singapore/Malaysia) as that’s the only reason I still have a few droplets on DO.

    This is an amazing upgrade, I just need to go through the tedious job of upgrading/resizing my 200+ nodes on Linode now..LOL

  46. So a job that used to take 10 minutes (relatively I/O intensive) now takes 1.5 minutes. Impressed!

  47. $10 1Gb plan it would be sweet.

  48. wow — I step away from the internet for a few hours, and *this* happens ๐Ÿ™‚

  49. @Tommy

    The CPU is faster, you just get less cores.

    I’m assuming it was because too many people were using cheap linodes to perform CPU intensive tasks.

    Have you tried comparing it to a Linode 16G? Those have 8 cores like the old linodes.

  50. Awesome, just awesome. I was worried you guys were falling behind DigitalOcean and the rest of the competition but I certainly didn’t expect this level of comeback. With much criticism previously (disastrous backups that “just work” but mainly don’t and never have) I can reflect positively on these changes. Well done..

  51. Love it! Every few months it feels like we get a little more and more, while other hosting companies leave you hanging without ever giving out free upgrades

  52. Wohooo! Yayyy.. You guys are amazing. Linode all the way…

  53. omfg.. lol. Wow this is crazy. I have been checking the blog every month to see what big upgrades would happen and this is way beyond my expectation.

  54. Hi! I hope review quantity of Core. From 8 to 2, is a downgrade very important. Please, re analyze this. Thanks for other upgrades.

  55. Awesome!

  56. Linode, I <3 you.

  57. What’s the score with geography? I assume the ‘cloud’ exists within the confines of the given data center, so we retain our point of presence we already had, and there’s no chance of data ending up in jurisdictions we didn’t plan on it living in?

  58. I’ve just migrated mine – something like the 10th upgrade I’ve had with Linode now, every one of them seamless as far as I can recall, right back to the 64 Mb UML VM I had back in the very early days. What was it, 64 Mb of RAM, 3 Gb of disk or 4.5 for paying annually?

    It’s amazing how things have improved – though some important things have stayed exactly as they are: same price and same IP address for over a decade. Somewhere along the line I must have reinstalled – I’ve gone from 32 bit Debian to 64, to ReiserFS and back to ext3 – but it’s all been remarkably smooth: almost every time that server has gone offline has been to add RAM and/or disk space, nothing more.

    Fine work, caker & co – here’s to another decade!

  59. Go Caker!

  60. This. Is. Insanely. Great.

    Go Linode!

  61. OK, now Linode has everything and is competitive on all fronts, except one thing – lower end plans.

    I have long enough relationship with you guys (8 years) and I know that’s not your way, but as you offer more and more on the minimum $20/mo plan, it’s becoming a real concern.

    It’s about staging servers.

    All of our services have at least two servers – production and staging. While we use higher end plans for production, we also need a mirrored cluster for staging.

    But as staging is not resource demanding, the load is nearly zero all the time, as its sole purpose is to check configuration / environment specific issues before deploying to production.

    There, 2G is a waste. 512MB is debatable, but 1G is reasonable. I’ll move all of my projects to Linode if you offer $10/mo for 1G!

  62. I just migrated mine, and everything went smoothly and faster than expected. I can definitely tell a big performance increase on access times, too. Thanks!

    Honestly, the only thing I could want from Linode is a cheap bulk storage option.

  63. TL;DR: benchmarking of the new 2-core servers shows their real-world performance for me is mostly worse than the old 8-core 5520’s (often much worse), and worse than other providers at the same price point.

    Long version: after the problems at Newark at the weekend I realised I needed to diversify locations, so I started benchmarking Linode at Dallas, and a couple of other providers, with real-world tests from (a copy of) my actual main site. At Dallas some of the new servers I created were E5-2680’s (some were 5520’s), so I benchmarked them before the โ€œupgradeโ€. All are $20 servers, all running Ubuntu 13.10.

    One of the tests is single-threaded access to a large number of random complex pages from the site, which has very heavy db access. Total run time in seconds, smaller figures better.

    Linode 5520 (8 cores): 27 secs
    Linode E5-2580 (before upgrade): 19 secs
    Linode E5-2580 (after upgrade): 28 secs
    DO ($20): 21 secs
    Another VPS provider ($15): 22 secs.

    In other words, the upgraded server is the worst tested (although comparable to the existing 5520’s).

    One of my various other benchmarks is a standard apache benchmark test with 10 concurrent users, for a complex page:

    Linode 5520 (8 cores): 33 pages/sec
    Linode E5-2580 (before upgrade): 47 pages/sec
    Linode E5-2580 (after upgrade): 10 pages/sec
    DO ($20): 21 pages/sec
    Another VPS provider ($15): 19 pages/sec

    Yes, a fraction of the speed of the existing servers (and even slower than dual core elsewhere).

    Finally, a simple page, with 100 connections, where the new server isn’t slaughtered, but is nothing special:

    Linode 5520 (8 cores): 1500 pages/sec
    Linode E5-2580 (before upgrade): 2000 pages/sec
    Linode E5-2580 (after upgrade): 900 pages/sec
    DO ($20): 800 pages/sec
    Another VPS provider ($15): 800 pages/sec

    In summary, you’ve just killed the feature that gave Linode it’s competitive edge for me.

  64. @Rob Hoare,

    It may be better to wait a few days (weeks?) before doing benchmarks. I wouldn’t be surprised if all the upgrading creates some bandwidth issues (disk i/o, cpu utilization).

  65. @Rob Hoare

    The thing you feel slower is because the cpu resources are not balanced fairly for the 8 cores plan — you can use as much as cpu cycles you need, as long as, you neighbours are not hosting some busy websites or running cpu intensive tasks.

    Now, the new plan becomes more fair for everyone on the same box — no matter what’s your neighbours do, you can only use the 2 vCores.

    I believe this is the reason your benchmark score is “worse” than before.

  66. Oh, c’mon guys! Stop being prude ๐Ÿ˜‰ I’ve been with Linode for two years, and it a smooth ride all the time. DO are good, but i don’t trust them as I trust these guys, who own their company without any kind of venture funds. Thank you for being such a trustworthy and stable company, really!

  67. As a user of dozens of Linodes – large and small – I am really excited about this news. I think the SSDs will really speed things up for our own clients.

    Anyway, congratulations!

    Doug

  68. Thanks for all the work that went into this! I appreciate Linode staying competitive. I am a bit worried about the loss of CPU power though. I think a great option for the future would be add-on CPU cores.

    As it stands it’s still more reasonable to use other providers when I have a high compute, low memory task or vice-versa. It would be nice to be able to use Linode in that way.

  69. Thanks for the upgrades!

    I would also love to see a cheap bulk storage option (network-attached, something like that). Also would love to see a $10 server option.

    I have noticed a slow-down in processing with the upgrade, but disk is helping to compensate.

  70. @caker

    Any chance of freebsd hosting soon?

  71. +1 for FreeBSD

  72. Linode There’s a huge market for freebsd hosting. Just look at the number of requests users have made with a competitor of yours at User Voice (#2 most voted feature)

    digitalocean.uservoice.com/forums/136585-digitalocean/filters/top

  73. Given the latest round of upgrades, the “Extras” options of additional RAM, Storage, Transfer and IP Addresses for a Linode is looking pretty dated.. I doubt anyone would want to pay an additional $20/month for 360M of memory or $10/month for 10G as you could get an entire additional Linode for that figure!

    What are the chances of this also getting a revision in terms of value/$ ?

  74. I think a Cheaper Option is much needed for Staging and Dev. But to prevent abuse on those account i think such option should only be available on a limited, ratio bases. i.e You can have a $10 instance if you currently have x instances setup. And the higher the instances you have the more $10 option you can have.

    FreeBSD – Yes I know you name suggest only Linux. But would be great if you make an BSDnode. ๐Ÿ˜€

    SEA Region. Any Plans for Hong Kong / Singapore expansion?

    Backup Plans – Any changes to them?

    What “Enterprise SSD” are they? Intel DC Series ?

    Network Storage. Any plan on those? It was mentioned a year ago. But nothing since then.

    Nodebalancer – Any plans or improvement on these?

  75. Very nice ! Thanks @linode im so happy !

  76. @Ed: Caker’s “stay tuned” comment hints at a $10 option might be forthcoming. I doubt they will limit them if they do, because (a) it would complicate the currently very clear and simple marketing message and (b) they’ll be doing it to remain competitive with their rivals, not (primarily) for the convenience of existing users.

    I’m sure they’ve run all the numbers, and I guess we shall just have to wait and see if they add up for a $10 option.

  77. Amazing upgrades and the new plans.
    Switching back again from other SSD provider shortly.

    Love U LINODE!

    SEA Region – Any Plans for Singapore expansion? That will complete the whole world latency issues!

    Network Storage will be a great addition … is it in cards anytime soon?

  78. And I forgot to ask, an increasingly important Add-On. DDoS Protection.
    Although I hope some sort of basic protection is provided. It would be great if advance or DDoS Protection of up to 10 / 20Gbps is available.

  79. Thanks Linode! <3

  80. I love Linode!

  81. I just migrated, and wow I’m so impressed. The migration was very fast, and Now everything is so much faster! Thank you so much Linode!!!

  82. This is pure AWESOME!

  83. Love you guys, Awesome == Linode. How about providing 1 daily/weekly backup for free. Dont mind the current cost, but getting approvals for <$5 is boring.

  84. I don’t think your iPhone app understands the new plans. The new Linode I just spun up is listed as a “legacy” Linode. Definitely not.

  85. Awesome news! I’ve been waiting for Linode to get SSDs for ages.

    A lower spec cheaper plan like $5 or $10 would be great. I’d move my low priority VPSes back to Linode from DO and Ramnode in this case.

  86. This is awesome!

    +1 for a $10 instance. I really need that lower price point for development and staging servers, and servers that have low (1GB) memory requirements.

  87. We don’t need to pay more and get an upgrade? This is awesome!

  88. We just launched a cluster of servers that are running nodejs (single threaded) and the main reason for us coming to Linode (vs other providers) was the CPU power we could take advantage of, now the main selling point is gone ๐Ÿ™

  89. Hit a minor restore/migration bug when testing out a 32->64-bit node:

    1) Start with 32-bit node
    2) Create snapshot
    3) Create new node to receive snapshot, automatically selects “latest 64-bit kernel”
    4) Restore snapshot to new node
    5) Boot new node: hangs because 64-bit kernel modules were not installed.

    By changing the boot profile between various kernel versions and rebooting, I was able to get the modules installed and now the node boots correctly.

  90. Because of this post, I became a Linode customer for the first time, today. These specs, the price and your reputation finally convinced me to get my first Linode.

  91. @Tracy if they are single-threaded then there probably won’t be much of an issue. Single thread means it takes only one core anyways. Per core the newer processors have a higher clock rate.

  92. This is good news. Now then you guys need to get Ubuntu 14.04 prepped for us so that I can start migrating. I’ve been planning a 32-bit to 64-bit migration and when I heard that 14.04 was so close I held off until its release to do said migration.

  93. Amazing news! Thanks Linode. For what it is worth adding another vote for $10 Linodes for dev/staging.

  94. As I mentioned in IRC, I recently switched to Soyoustart to get more speed out of my server for the same price I pay for three Linodes. I’m a college student, so running multiple linodes for each service was getting rough, so I collected everything into this one server and was migrating. The support is bad at best, so when I seen SSDS were offered I was pretty excited and actually considered taking the hit of the setup fee and just dropping the server. Sadly my hopes were shattered when I realized that in order to achieve the same amount of cores I’d have to pay at least $100 more than I am now. The biggest selling point for this upgrade was the SSDS and the network, which I truly will miss, but I do a lot of parallel work–compilation of my projects, one of which went from 3.5 minutes to 6 minutes to compile on a duel core $20 linode from 8 cores. I understand the goal is to drop resource contention, but this has pretty much made Linode not a viable option for me. After 5 years or so, it was a good run, Linode. Thanks for all of the previous upgrades and all of your work while I was a customer. Yanking resources out from under customers (no, I have not upgraded, but I will be forced into it eventually) is a bit sad, even if the idea is to balance out cores. You had already had the priority, for whatever that was worth. I do not wish to pay $100 more for my usual 8 cores. Not everyone is running single threaded systems.

  95. Great, thank you!

    BUT… Let me understand this…
    1) BACKUPS cost increased a 100% ???. Linode backups still suck AND If my plan was 16GB then upgrade to 32 GB and my backup plan now will go from $40 to $80 a month. 100% price increase for the same capacity?
    2) Always double? If I have a 40GB server, after the upgrade it ends with 80GB but I’ll be paying the same that I would get for 92GB… Mmm

  96. My blog is CPU-bound and so I am impacted by this change, although I’ve tuned the CMS to compensate.

    With this change, what is the worst level of contention I should expect from a Linode 2GB? Performance seems to be more predictable, but how much of a performance reduction should I expect when the host is under peak load?

  97. @Caker – thanks for this upgrade, at the same time I have some very concerns.

    The thanks are because our storage i/o bound TokuMX (Mongo) DB cluster may at start to perform properly because of the addition of SSD storage. We should now be able to run this just fine on three 16GB Linodes. It’s been really difficult to make it perform satisfactorily up til now.

    The concerns are that we have over the last year architected our server side processes for everything else we run around the model of 8 vCPUs. These processes are all network i/o driven and employ extensive parallel processing to play nice with the Linode model as-it-was; they use 32bit kernels & those benchmark faster. These sit on our bunch of smaller Linodes and work really well right now. Reading the comments above it is clear that they would not work well on the new configurations. Unless we upgrade them all to 16GB : a 4x to 8x price increase. These applications do not require a lot of RAM, and slow storage is fine (they would run OK off 16GB USB Flash storage if it came to it) – just network, and more vCPUs.

    What would solve this issue for us totally is a high-cpu plan, $20pm for 8 vCPU with compromised storage.

    Also I agree with other commenters that a $10pm plan would be a great addition, for testing/staging/dev configurations. Though that is in no way as important to us as the above.

  98. Esteban – That is incorrect. The backups pricing is exactly the same as it was. Backups pricing did not change, and does NOT change when you take the free plan upgrade – that’s what free means :)… Also, the old Linode 40G plan was $800/mo and received double RAM and everything else. The new Linode 96G plan is $960/mo.

  99. So if I push the shiny button I get a reduction in the number of threads available to me and not a little reduction but a HUGE one.

    vCore 8 to vCore 2…
    If you were making it 4, I wouldn’t hesitate but with a reduction all the way to 2, I am still thinking about this one.

  100. I do see that Ubuntu 14.04 LTS is available now on Linode, for those asking.

  101. Next time please upgrade storage, I need at least more 10GB for basic linode ๐Ÿ˜€

  102. Thank you linode, I will be with you forever!

  103. @SteveH Ahh I guess they kinda snuck that in there eh? I got some work to do then.

  104. For the people wondering the effect of SSD here is what I got. I just did the migration (changed kernel from x86 to x64 — will change OS soon) and did a before/after bench of the disk I/O using a typical dd test with fdatasync. I know it isn’t quite accurate but the effect is quite staggering.

    Before:
    shinji@icarus:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 32.5677 s, 33.0 MB/s

    After:
    shinji@icarus:~$ dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync
    16384+0 records in
    16384+0 records out
    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.22377 s, 877 MB/s

    Note: I don’t recommend people do this as we don’t want to bog down the server. I just did it for comparison sake. Since I already did it you shouldn’t need to.

  105. I am with Rob Hoare here. 8 cores was the main reason I got a linode, as I am getting ready to deploy a fairly imagemagick reliant nodejs app. This kind of kills it for me.

  106. I’ve been a customer for nearly 2 years and Linode has been getting better and better… Linode is the best VPS Hosting Provider out there!!

    Thanks guys keep it up….

  107. +1 for “Given the latest round of upgrades, the โ€œExtrasโ€ options of additional RAM, Storage, Transfer and IP Addresses for a Linode is looking pretty dated.. I doubt anyone would want to pay an additional $20/month for 360M of memory or $10/month for 10G as you could get an entire additional Linode for that figure!”

    + another 1 for $10 dev. server.

  108. @caker. Thank you for the clarification I stand corrected and I apologize for the confusion.
    I do love linode except for the backups. With spending hundreds of dollars for high end servers comes higher expectation of the management tools. Backup is primitive and too basic. Same with Longview, cute eye candy but without alerts is not very useful.
    thank you for listening.

  109. With spending hundreds of dollars for high end servers comes higher expectation of the management tools.

    Even when you’re paying thousands of dollars a year less than you would anywhere else with the same reputation for reliability and level of service?

  110. I can’t quite justify $20/mo on a student budget, but I’ll be with you if a $10/mo plan ever materialises!

  111. These “upgrades” utterly DESTROY anyone who is running an architecture that relies on parallel threading.

    This is a massive downgrade, and you’ve just lost a long-time linode customer. ๐Ÿ™

    Sad sad day…

  112. Awesome stuff! Now you guys can compete with DigitalOcean.

  113. Nice news linode!

    Upgraded yesterday and everyhting went smoothly – the upgrade took about 7min (awesome!)

    I was worried about the vcore downgrade and i ran some tests. In my case the upgrade was a major ‘win’, since i dont really need powerfull processing. So far, i can live well with 2 core. I was really needing extra RAM and faster HDDs.

    The HDD/io speed just went crazy, it was about 100MB/s and now i have about 800MB/s.

    I clearly noticed a faster webpage loading.

    Thanks linode! Keep up the good work!

  114. Around 30% better average website load time after upgrading our 4G Linodes. Great stuff.

  115. Iโ€™ve been a customer for nearly 2 years and Linode has been getting better and betterโ€ฆ Linode is the best VPS Hosting Provider out there!!

  116. […] Referencia: Blog Linode […]

  117. […] other IaaS news, developer favorite Linode has dropped $45 million for a massive upgrade to core infrastructure, installing new SSD drives, doubling RAM, updating to the Intel Ivy Bridge E5-2680v.2 processors and […]

  118. thank you so much! I’ve been wanting to try linode for a long time. Now I can afford to try it.

    I’ve been looking for a server upgrade to host my growing app, I checked linode about few days ago, and today, it’s such a coincidence that I almost sign up for EC2, and all of a sudden I checked linode site, and really surprised that new pricing has been set. I couldn’t believe it, did I see price wrongly few days ago?. So I google it and found this blog post.

    Thank you for this decision of new pricing!

  119. […] host all of my personal projects on two servers at Linode. Last week Linode announced new “cloud servers” with SSD’s, double RAM and a new chip archite…. I migrated both of my hosts over to the new servers that evening and the performance impact was […]

  120. Gordo, RamNode looks like the only option for us, unfortunately. Going to miss Linode once my yearly contract expires and I move. Dear linode team, at least give us 6 cores and be awesome again.

    I don’t care about these SSD upgrades, its all dynamically cached anyway.

  121. If you don’t need the SSD then don’t upgrade and keep your low priority 8 vCPU right?

  122. […] has been given a boost thanks to the munificence and investment of our cloud host Linode. They’ve installed SSD storageย in our London datacentre, which has resulted in a two to […]

  123. I’ve trying to migrate to new plan (1024 to 2048). During setup all console tasks looks extra fast comparing to old. And I was very happy. But unfortunately after setup is done my project response became twice slower in average. It’s very sad. I used ab to benchmark. During test new linode shows 100% load by mysql. And at old linode never exceeds a half, usual about a quarter. System is different ubuntu 14 vs 12 and mysql 5.6 instead of 5.5. But I guess it’s not a reason, main reason is reduced cores quantity. So new linode looks very awesome, twice increased memory size and extra fast disk subsystem but 2 cores is not comparable with 8 at all ๐Ÿ™

  124. I love you guys!

  125. Thanks for the upgrades!

    Is there any plan for an Australian or South East Asia datacentre any time soon? We are currently using Japan, but it would be good to get the ping down, and we have a few clients that we might have to move off Linode if they ever require non-international hosting for whatever reason.

  126. This is fantastic!! Love Linode!

    Side note: Do you realize that 32-bit systems and software are a better choice for the web in general?

    The stability is better.
    The memory usage is lower.

    It’s in my opinion stupid to throw a 64-bit system into a solution that is going to use up to 100-500MB of RAM per request (ie, per process or thread). Waste resources for absolutely no gain…

    Please do count on me for those “ask for 32-bit Debian request tickets” unless you are going to do the obvious right thing, which is to keep support as is.

  127. Thank heavens – i really apprectiate this . I was looking at digital ocean and now I don’t have to.

  128. Holy Moly, this has made a noticeable difference to the speed of my nodes. I’m a very happy man.

  129. Glad to hear about the vCPU change. We had to move some of our primary servers to another provider primarily because of the cpu steal that was occurring. I’m looking forward to being able to depend on Linode’s cpu performance in the future.

    The secondary reason was the undependable network performance between hosts. Too many drops and delays. It makes consistent data distribution very difficult to achieve with any reasonable performance. I’m looking forward to a time when Linode supports clustered nodes with dedicated private network links between the hosts in the cluster.

  130. oh well, i remember a few years ago Linode dont have much competitors (it was slicehost i guess before RS buy it).

    Now peoples see digitalocean when there are so many ads around the globe. For me Linode is more Tech Savvy and more “comfort”.

    My comment are: “dont be a followers especially making the same packages with others”

    i dont get it if CPU cores is not matter, why you guys decrease it… now im comparing linode packages with DC with significant different cores (forget about the storage first)

  131. Wow.

    I was skeptical of going from 8 to 4 cores (on my plan), but it’s at least 20x faster for my particular workload even with the reduction in vCPU count. Chalk it up to faster individual cores (4 faster > 8 slower), or perhaps my apps are more disk constrained than I had thought; either way, glad I took the upgrade. If you’re worried about the CPU change, don’t be (from my experience at least; YMMV).

    Keep up the amazing work, Linode – I recommend you every chance I get.

  132. AWESOME! Thank you.

  133. After upgrading our API infrastructure to the new hardware we’ve achieved significant performance and stability gains. Average response time for requests has gone from 17 ms to 8 ms (an improvement of 53%). Average response time for data-heavy features has gone from 394 ms to 32 ms (an improvement of 92%). In addition, average response time deviation has drastically plummeted from 121 ms down to 33 ms (an improvement of 72%) resulting in a significantly more consistent user experience. [note: timings do not include over-the-wire times, just server run times]

    Thanks linode ๐Ÿ™‚

    Be forewarned though that our experience is usage dependent. We have a one-off wordpress install with hundreds of thousands of articles whose response time essentially doubled after upgrading.

  134. lpalgarvio: 64-bit has a tendency of performing better than 32-bit in many ways but also some extended platforms like Docker only work on 64-bit OS right now.

  135. This is BIG

  136. I approve ๐Ÿ™‚

    As far as the new 2 VCPU setup on the 2G plans go, our totally non-scientific tests and metrics from actual use seems to show that each new VCPU equals about two old VCPU (2 new ~ (nearly) 4 old under good conditions) measured in CPU seconds spent, and way faster EVERYTHING ELSE usually more than makes up for the remaining “missing” VCPU – sometimes by an awful lot – in most of our workloads.

    Worth noting is that when Linode went berzerk with 8 VCPU for all, performance variability between different hosts skyrocketed in our experience. A single “bad” neighbour could take out significant chunks of computing power even on the beefier 16 core hosts (and often did it seems.) Plus the overhead of the hypervisor managing all of them for a load of virtual machines is not insignificant .. x86 virt still has some way to go with regards to SMP scalability. I also suspect 8 VCPU attracted certain types of customers.. Reminds me of a slightly different mistake a certain competitor made ๐Ÿ˜‰

  137. Great thanks for double RAM it is a huge improvement!
    I suggest allowing 4 cores for Linode 2048 users, at least for those whose average CPU usage is minimal (let’s say below 1 core or 0.5 core).

  138. @caker: Out of curiosity, is the RAID configuration still RAID-10? I notice that detail was lacking above. Thanks.

  139. I LOVE YOU !!!

  140. Hello. Will be the nodebalancers billed at hourly rates too?

  141. This is great news, looking forward to migrating more sites over to Linode in future ๐Ÿ™‚

  142. Blimey. That IS fast. Faster than loading the dev version of the site from my own machine!

  143. OMG.. you just made my day. After a DDoS attack on our hostgator vps made our site unresponsive, booted up a linode and setup Varnish, Nginx, PHP and put in wordpress. Blitz.io gave us a rating of 40mil pageviews a day with less than .01% error rate.

    Then i see the notice on the sidebar that said i had a free upgrade. Now our server is lightning fast and the attack doesnt even push load above .05.

    Excellent service. Thanks again.

  144. You are still missing people with lower requirements. Sure, it is great news. I would return back, if you had a 1GB RAM, 24 GB SSD, 1 Core 10$ plan.

  145. Marvellous. My annual payment on my old “spinning rust” 1024 is up in July, so I’ve just treated myself to a new “buzzing electrons” 2048 to give me a couple of months overlap to transfer the system to the new server.

    Hopefully the apparent downgrade in CPU cores doesn’t manifest in performance, although my application isn’t CPU-bound when things are working.

  146. Performed upgrade (1024->2048). Results are very good. Site response time now is 3x better than before! Plus there are no more spikes of slowness like it was on old system. CPU usage is down too. Now with just 2 cores CPU utilization is ~3x smaller than previously with 8. Great upgrade!

  147. […] April, 2014 Linode rolled out a major infrastructure upgrade for their VPSes. When I saw that their update included SSDs (among other things) on all new […]

  148. Every upgrade I’ve done over the years with Linode (since 2009 I think) has been superb and I would expect nothing less of this upgrade. I remember the last time Linode did a major upgrade people complained about jumping ship because they were skimpy about ram. Now people are talking about jumping ship because they were hogging cpu.

    I was skeptical when I read about dropping down to 2 cores but then I remembered when I upgraded one of my old computers to an SSD drive…. what a difference *just* the SSD made! I have 16 gigs in this machine and I recently had to swap out the SSD and go back to my backup RAID array temporarily. Boot was much slower,and overall it felt like the older computer it used to be. Got the SSD back in and the speed I was missing returned.

    So yeh, my anecdotal evidence obviously doesn’t mean muchโ€”apples to orangesโ€”though anyone debating the merit of a fast SSD has obviously never tried one. These days it’s all about caching, ram, and IO. I’ll be dammed it it doesn’t help most customers running web apps. If you’re still on apache, double the ram is going to help. If you’re running nginx, your capacity just went through the roof if you’re running disk cache. And Varnish? Double win.

  149. Wait if it’s 160 Gbps for the data center, and 40 Gbps for the beefier plan boxes, then 4 of them “could” saturate the network for the entire center? (just poking fun, I know it’s all shared evenly, and not a new problem to this upgrade–just thought it was interesting).

    This is a fascinating upgrade…single core speeds are apparently blazingly fast [thanks to new cpu’s and SSD’s] and at the $20 price pount, sum of total cpu is actually less…hmm…so for most people an improvement, but for some a slight downgrade…interesting.

    Anyway, let me know if/when it comes down to a $5 price point and I’ll come right back ๐Ÿ™‚

    Cheers!
    -roger-

  150. It’s amazing faster. Linode is awsome!

  151. @roger

    There are plenty of really crappy hosting providers with $5/mo plans. No, really good, legitimate hosting provider has such cheap plans as service (server performance, network and customer service), very obviously all suffer for those ultra-low end crappy hosts with $5 plans.

    @linode
    Thank you! This is an excellent upgrade. Instant page load speed increase.

  152. The problem is that you still do not provide detailed billing. There is no way I can easily know now many hours of every plan I used in the current month. There is no way I know where my money is going. You just charge, and that’s all.

    It would be nice to know which plans and how many hours I used of every one. AWS and HG provide it (and all the big companies too) but you dont. Is there a reason? I feel you want to charge me more for things that I did not use since you dont detail me my usage.

    And another problem: you are great and in the last days I am sure you are receiving lots of cutomers but I contracted the 4GB plan and now I want to downgrade to 2GB and your team says it’s not possible. I was advised, by YOU, to stay in my current plan, paying 4GB till you get one available in Dallas. It’s not my problem, it’s yours. You should at least charge me 2GB if you cant downgrade me.

    The 2GB plan was the first one I bought from you, then I moved to 4GB and now I want to come back do 2GB. I should be able to do that, and not pay 4GB plan if I am only using less than 50% of its resources.

    Again, it looks like you want to charge me an “extra”, just like not allowing me to see detailed billing.

    Despite these 2 problems, you are doing great in the speed, RAM, disk… it’s all fine. You did the hard work VERY WELL but the basic, which is a detailed billing and downgrade possibility, is very bad. If I did not know you I would believe you want to steal me, hiding my usage and not allowing me to downgrade.

  153. So, finally decided to give my linode a good cleanout (rebuild) and do this upgrade. Everything went 100% smoothly, so I ran some quick benchmarks. My employer uses liquid web for many of their servers, all SSD of course, so I ran a quick dd test on my new setup and their beast server.

    dd if=/dev/zero of=test bs=64k count=16k conv=fdatasync

    linode:

    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 1.50309 s, 714 MB/s

    liquid web

    1073741824 bytes (1.1 GB) copied, 3.12397 s, 344 MB/s

    Almost twice as fast. Ran each several more times, and about the same results each time. Of course dd isn’t the “best” tool out their, but still interesting results. Would love to know what drives linode is using…

  154. To those of you smarting from a non-cheaper test/staging environment, look into hourly billing and some type of rapid environment build procedure – e.g. Stackscripts, Chef, Puppet or a combination of stackscript and chef. Spin up an environment only when needed, deploy into it, test, tear it down when complete.

  155. I think that guys at Linode can think about some ‘special plans’ to people with special needs like many cpu and less ram or many ram and less cpu. (like AWS instances)

  156. You mention that you do not use “consumer” SSDs, implying that others use them.

    However you fail to specify the type of SSD drives you use, even tho there have been many comments asking about it.

    Can you please clarify– WHAT BRAND AND MODEL SSD HD ARE YOU USING?

  157. Hi,

    When will the Tokyo Linode ready ? As it said 3 weeks since April 17, It’s May 2 now. ๐Ÿ˜‰

  158. What does upgrade “Sold out” mean? :/

  159. I stick with linode because linode benefit that gave me 8 cores with $20/month. Not anymore with new pricing .
    My yearly subscribtion is due mid year, Can I stick with my old plan when I renew my yearly? I dont need SSD, more ram,etc. multi cores is more important to me.

  160. I am with linode for more than 2 years now. I guess I wont be upgrading. I only use like 350MBs of Ram. I liked how fast the linode server was compared to DigitalOcean so I stayed with Linode paying $20/month when I could switch to DigitalOcean’s $5 plan.

    My average CPU usage stays less than 2%.

    This change would definitely move away the customers like me with smaller needs.

    Now linode plans are almost exactly the same like DigitalOcean.

    Dear Linode, please have an option for customers to choose double the CPU and half the RAM. Like for $20 plan, one could choose 1GB RAM with 4 vCPUs, or 2GB RAM with 2 vCPUs.

  161. For those thinking this is a downgrade because you go from 8 VCPUs to 2 on the Linode 2048… my experience is showing not to be worried – that is, unless you are using more than say about 150% on the CPU graph (1.5 cores) on average right now. I had five nodes sharing requests in a load balancing environment, and were peaking around 110% – 120% on a normal day on the old Linode 1024 with 8 VCPUs. I upgraded one to see what would happen – it performed better and was taking about twice as many requests as each of the four older Linodes when before they were being split approximately evenly.

    Now I upgraded the other 4, and now the daily peak CPU % on each of them is no more than 70%. So I can actually take one node out of the mix – thus saving money. The CPUs most certainly are faster, and there is much less CPU steal happening which makes a huge difference and makes the performance way more predictable.

    This is a great change! Thanks Linode!

  162. So, any ETA for upgrades on Dallas besides “Coming soon”?

  163. I’m not adverse to waiting for the upgrade for my 32-bit system, but I’m wondering if I shouldn’t consider taking the time to make the move to 64-bit because that’s the general direction you all would like us to go.

    In other words, are we going to have to eventually bite the bullet and move to 64-bit, eventually?

  164. One too many “eventually”s in last comment. Sorry.

  165. Just converted my 32-bit kernel to 64-bit kernel to get the upgrade done early. Important to note that this does not convert the entire system to 64 bit, just the kernel. A full 64 bit conversion would require reinstall. Wow! My websites are substantially, noticeably, and immediately faster. As a user that doesn’t go above 30% CPU, this is a substantially positive change for my websites. Thanks Linode for constantly adapting to change.

  166. Well, I decided to go with the 64-bit kernel upgrade, though I’m Dallas, which means “Coming soon!” I think when Ubuntu releases 14.04.1 releases, it will be time to consider doing a re-build–an opportunity to clean up the cruft.

    Because it does sound like this is going to be an inevitable necessary change (64-bit kernel) if you’re on Linode, and sooner rather than later.

    I do like the metered billing. Simplifies (and decreases cost of) experimentation.

  167. Sigh. I’m really batting zero with typos et al in comments this weekend.

  168. @Shelley: I doubt Linode will be dropping support for running existing 32-bit Linux installations any time sooner (i.e. within the next couple of years, at least) since it would create a massive upheaval for clients who are still running 32-bit, with the risk of generating bad publicity and a heavy support team workload. I’m still on 32-bit Debian and plan to remain there for the foreseeable future.

    Until (a) there is a compelling business/technical reason for going entirely 64-bit throughout the Linode ecosystem and (b) the number of 32-bit customer installations becomes insignificant, I doubt there will be any compulsion to move. And if and when that time does come, I expect Linode to give plenty (i.e. multiple months) of notice.

  169. Any update on Dallas availability? Looks like I’m paying $60/month for a 3GB plan when I could be paying $40/month for a 4GB plan… BUT I can’t change plans until I do my “free upgrade”…

  170. @tacitus, you have excellent points. I’ve been planning a major upheaval in my system for quite a while, and am planning on just doing the rebuild to 64-bits at same time. If one is going to crash, crash big.

    In the meantime, the 64-bit kernel isn’t playing havoc, so we’ll see how it goes.

    But I agree with you that there’s no indication we need to rush to 64-bit.

  171. Linode working out great for me, the only thing missing is a really small $10 server option. If they were available I wouldn’t think twice about getting one in addition to my existing Linode for replication/backups etc…

  172. @ Jacob: Yeh I’m waiting on Dallas availability as well….

  173. AFAIK, unless you are using a 32bit PAE kernel, you need a 64bit OS to access ram > 4gb. The OS will still show however much ram you have installed, but it just won’t use above 4gb.

  174. I started with Linode ~5 years ago. Since then, I’ve seen numerous amazing updates, had amazing support and have generally been impressed and happy to stick around. As I outlined in my previous comment, the fact that we were going to eventually be forced to downgrade in cores was really not all that acceptable for me. While I am seeing less CPU steal, some of our servers were running apps that needed the parallel processing for handling of multiple users, which would’ve been thrown out. while I have seen numerous tests with DD as if that should proove something, a test of some of these apps has actually taken a huge decrease from 20% to the max of 100%.

    I also finally stumbled on to a more recent post, hidden deep on the Linode blog where the datacenter was apparently swatted and a huge security issue was hidden under an attempt at making this into something funny. What with the recent break-in and no information being provided as well as finding out that Linode apparently makes it acceptable to take a huge database with forums and put it on a personal server, this was another point lost for Linode.

    I am happy to say then in conclusion that I’ve just deleted my server I’ve had for a number of years and I really wasn’t sad to see it go. We have one server left, which I am debating about just using as a sort of CDN since my new provider doesn’t offer the kind of network speeds, but all of the people I work with are similarly discontinuing their servers or have already done so and we are making the switch somewhere else. It’s been fun, Linode.

  175. After waiting patiently for the past month for my upgrade in the Dallas data center, I was just about ready to file a support ticket to nudge you guys along. Imagine my surprise when I found the upgrade just became available. About 10 minutes later I’m up and running. Nicely done not overextending the patience of a loyal customer. These upgrades are also just in time for a project I’ve been planning, which will be requiring some additional nodes.

  176. Thank you, Linode. You continue to amaze me as a customer.

  177. I did the upgrade and noticed immediately how fast it is to re-boot my system.

    Web access is noticeably faster, too.

    Happy with the changes. Happy with the hourly rates. Happy that I can easily migrate to a full 64-bit rebuild and it will only cost a buck or so to add an additional service for a couple of days.

  178. Migrated it manually: create new 64-bit SSD linodes, copy files & some remedy,
    then later discard the old 32-bit ones once everything stable.

    These new 64-bit instances work faster and nothing abnormal so far.

  179. Is the upgrade availability for 32bit systems still anticipated to be completed in approximately 2 months from the date this article was posted (a few weeks from now)? Do the vms maintain the same IP address after the migration or will they be assigned new ones?

  180. ETA for 32 bit machines?

  181. Same here, been waiting for the upgrade for 32 bit. What is the current status on ETA of upgrade to 32 bit machines?

  182. Another vote for 32-bit pv-grub support! I’ve been patiently waiting….

  183. Still waiting to upgrade my 32 bit linode. Any ETA?

  184. @Mehdi… I just switched my 32bits to a 64bit kernel and have no problems at all. So I could then upgrade as its a 64bit kernel. It was EASY! See https://library.linode.com/switching-kernels

  185. I’m a loyal Linode customer of 4+ years so I say this as someone who appreciates their service offering tremendously…I came looking to move to DO because to the pricing and found this upgrade waiting for me….I will again likely stay with linode…but I also believe in calling a spade a spade and in that vein
    Lets not fool ourselves that these upgrades are purely driven by a DIRE NEED to stay relevant with Digital Ocean’s offering…They broke ground with SSDs and half the Linode cost and also provide a Datacenter in Singapore…with the exception of the last one, Linode is just playing catch up so all the ‘Salutes’ and ‘Hats Off’ should just be ‘Nice! you woke up already’…now please get a Singapore presence ๐Ÿ™‚

  186. Still waiting on the upgrade plan for 32-bit Kernels. Not too interested in switching to 64-bit at this stage. Any news?

  187. I’ve been with Linode (among others – DO & EC2) for 5 years this September. Linode kills Digital Ocean and EC2 performance and platforms wise. I just took the upgrade and it is awesome. I really can see a huge difference. Linode is most certainly not playing catchup with DO – they just blew their doors off. Thanks Linode!

  188. Are there updates on ETA for 32 bit machines?

  189. Also interested in whether 32 bit upgrades are getting close. Doing a clean install on 64 bit and full re-build would be quite a bit of work and the 32 to 64 bit kernel switch lists Java as a concern (which I use heavily).

    If the 32 bit upgrades are months away I might take the re-build pain. If they are weeks away, I’ll wait.

    Any info gratefully received.

    Aidan

  190. Is it too much to ask when 32 bit Linodes would be available?

    So many people asked and there is no response. Seems you are not interested.

  191. When will the 32 bit Linode will be made available, any clues?

    Waiting for a response, thanks!

  192. When we can upgrade our existing 32-bit server?

    Waiting for a response, thanks!

  193. Any update on 32-bit support? I’ve been checking the blog daily for weeks now…

  194. Sorry for the delayed response. 32-bit support is currently in testing and will be available very soon. We’ll post an update here once it’s ready.

  195. But may I ask why is this a cloud infrastructure?
    Okay, resources are rendundant and there’s scalability, but what about Failover and Hot-migration? also what’s the software behind? are you using any commercial app such as applogic, vmware, onapp? or are you using an in-house built solution?

    Regards.

  196. Any further update? ‘very soon’ is approaching a month now….

  197. Any further update on the 32 bit support? Seems to be taking quite a while…

  198. 32-bit please!!!

  199. Please post some sort of update on 32-bit. Where we’re at now is well past your “very soon” note, so you’re beginning to look like amateurs. Either tell us what’s going wrong and how long we’ll have to wait or what your next milestone is in your progress toward delivering the product you got us all excited about…MORE THAN FOUR MONTHS AGO.

  200. I’ve been waiting for the 32-bit upgrade as well ๐Ÿ™

  201. News?

  202. I’m also wondering about the status of 32-bit support – any vague ETA?
    Thanks,
    :Steve

  203. Any news on 32 bit machines?Still testing?5 months is a pretty long time.

  204. 32-bit upgrades are now available! Please open a support ticket to get your upgrade configured.

  205. Has this upgrade ever been available for Tokyo? I’ve been waiting since this original announcement, and although I’ve only checked back periodically during this time (about once a month) I’ve never seen it be available.

    Right now it just displays “Upgrades are sold out at this time. Check back soon!”

    I have one 64 bit 1GB instance which I’d like to upgrade to the new 2GB SSD plan.

    Thanks

  206. Tokyo does indeed have limited availability. We’ll open a support ticket with you to notify you when they are available.

  207. PLEASE PLEASE PLEASE move into Australia. The latency on your servers to Australia from Tokyo just won’t work. Australia is rapidly expanding and in desperate need of someone like Linode. I’M BEGGING YOU!

  208. Shame on me I took so long to decide my move to Linode

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