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Linode, LLC
Limited liability company
Industry Internet hosting services
Founded 2003; 13 years ago (2003)
Headquarters Galloway, New Jersey, United States
Key people
Christopher Aker
(founder and CEO)
Products Cloud-hosting provider
Virtual private servers
Revenue $22.3 million
Number of employees

Linode, LLC is an American privately owned virtual private server provider company based in Galloway, New Jersey, United States.[1]


Linode (a portmanteau of the words linux and node) was founded by Christopher Aker, launching in mid 2003.[2]

Linode transitioned from UML to Xen virtualization in March 2008, and then to KVM in mid-2015. It launched its data backup service in 2009.[1] NodeBalancer, a load-balancing service, launched in July 2011. Linode released Linode Managed, an incident response service designed for businesses, in 2013.[1]

Its Dallas, Texas and Fremont, California data centers opened in 2003. Linode also opened an Atlanta, Georgia data center in 2007; a Newark, New Jersey-based center in 2008; its London, England center in 2009; a Tokyo, Japan center in 2011;[1] as well as Frankfurt, Germany[3] and Singapore[4] data centers in 2015.

Products and services[edit]

Linode offers multiple products and services for its clients.[1][5] Its flagship products are cloud-hosting services with multiple packages at different price points.[5] Linode Backup allows customers to backup their servers on a daily, weekly, or monthly basis.[5] Linode Manager and NodeBalancer both allow users to manage multiple server instances across a single system.[5] In September 2013, Linode launched Longview, an analysis package for Linux.[6][7][8][9][10]

Security concerns[edit]

The accounts of eight Linode customers that held Bitcoin electronic currency were compromised in March 2012.[11][12] Roughly 40,000 bitcoins were stolen.[11][12]

Hack The Planet accessed the Linode’s web servers in 2013.[13][14][15] The group exploited a technical vulnerability in Adobe’s ColdFusion application server.[13][14] Linode said that HTP could not decrypt any financially sensitive information and reset all account passwords.[13][15] Linode announced plans to introduce two-step authentication for its services in May 2013.[16]

Starting Christmas Day 2015 and continuing until January 10th, Linode was hit by large and frequent DDoS attacks, which were being caused by a "bad actor" purchasing large amounts of botnet capacity in an attempt to significantly damage Linode’s business.[17]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e "It’s clear to Linode: There’s a market to bring cloud services to small companies". New Jersey Business Journal. Retrieved 21 Nov 2013. 
  2. ^ "About us", Linode. Retrieved 3 December 2013.
  3. ^ "Introducing Linodes in Frankfurt!". "Linode". Retrieved 23 Aug 2015. 
  4. ^ "Singapore Linodes are now available!". "Linode". Retrieved 13 May 2016. 
  5. ^ a b c d "Adobe Patches Critical Vulnerabilities in Flash Player Coldfusion". Retrieved 21 Nov 2013. 
  6. ^ Bernstein, Peter. (September 5, 2013). "Linode Launches Longview, Takes Deep Look at Data Center and Server Performance". TechZone 360. Retrieved September 9, 2013.
  7. ^ Jack Clark (September 6, 2013). "Linode adds analytics package to Linux cloud". The Register. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  8. ^ Peter Bernstein (September 5, 2013). "Linode Launches Longview, Takes Deep Look at Data Center and Server Performance". Tech Zone 360. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  9. ^ Nicole Henderson (September 5, 2013). "Linode Launches Longview for Linux Server Statistics Collection and Graphing". The Whir. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  10. ^ John Maxwell (September 6, 2013). "Linode Releases Longview, New Linux Server Statistics Collection And Graphing Service". Best Web Hosting 2Go. Retrieved September 27, 2013. 
  11. ^ a b Matonis, Jon. "Watch Bitcoin Robbery in Slow Motion". Forbes. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  12. ^ a b Leyden, John. "Linode hackers escape with $70K in daring bitcoin heist". The Register. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  13. ^ a b c Lee, Michael. "VPS host Linode issues customer-wide password reset". ZDNet. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  14. ^ a b Dumon, Marv. "Amazon Launches Cloud Computing Certification Program - Page 2". Technorati. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  15. ^ a b Leyden, John. "Web host Linode, hackers clash over credit-card raid claim". The Register. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  16. ^ Bandoim, Lana. "Two-Step Authentication Grows in Popularity". Yahoo! Voices. Retrieved 18 July 2013. 
  17. ^ Forster, Alex. "An update from Linode about the recent DDoS attacks". Linode. Retrieved January 1, 2016.  External link in |website= (help)

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