Linode – New Jersey SSD Cloud VPS Review

Linode LogoAbout:
Linode is an established provider, first started in 2003 which it seems a lot of hosting providers started around this time.

Linode has excellent name and brand recognition by the web hosting community although some disputes you see regarding the service on web hosting forums and blogs seem to be regarding Linode policies such as nullrouting of IP addresses.

At one time, the complaint was Linode is “too expensive” however their prices have been dropped for the 1GB plans down to $10/mo which I feel is very reasonable for the features and stability you receive with the service.

Plan:
I picked up the Linode 1GB service for $10/mo USD.

Linode 1GB VPS SpecsAs you can see from the graph on the left, the resources are very generous.

If having one CPU is not acceptable, the CPU on the service I have is Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v3 @ 2.50GHz. According to Intel’s website, the E5-2680 v3 was launched in Q3 2014 which makes this CPU less than a year old. This is very modern hardware compared to E5-2620’s you find with some providers but not a v2 or v3 of the E5-2620 series.

24GB of SSD disk space is more than adequate for projects. I intended on using this by adding it into the CDN but I when I decided to bring back the VPS List review website, I felt like letting the service idle with it hooked up to LibreNMS (fork of Observium) was a better choice.

As with Ubiquity Hosting, you’re clearly told regarding your transfer plus incoming/outgoing bandwidth. This is a common source of confusion where a “low end” provider puts on their site that they are on 1Gbps ports and the assumption is, by low end customers, that you get 1Gbps speeds at all times even when the VPS node is a shared environment often marketed as “guaranteed”.

Linode clearly tells you that you’ve got 40Gbps incoming network but only 125Mbps outgoing with the 1GB plan and if you wish to have more bandwidth, you upgrade your plan accordingly.

Features:
Since Linode is not using the so common WHMCS / SolusVM combo by providers, the “Linode Manager” client area is feature rich with tons of options. From examples of their features page, Linode can easily provide scaling, two-factor authentication, cloning to another Linode service, and snapshots that can be converted to images for quicker deployments.

This is why you would pay $10/mo versus $3-7 with “low end” providers that have the WHMCS / SolusVM for the customers.

Hardware:
As explained above, the CPU is extremely new with being less than a year old. One single Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU E5-2680 v3 @ 2.50GHz CPU core is powering the $10/mo 1GB Linode plan.

The uptime has been completely uninterrupted with 23 1/2 days of uptime.

Hardware / Performance Summary- not bad at all and I’m very pleased at the hardware performance for the price. I’m paying “top dollar” compared to other providers and have features plus “top dollar hardware” to match what I am paying for to get the value for my money.

Performance: the results of the Unix Bench benchmarking program are located here. The test was ran Oct 13th 2015.

Network:
According to the pricing and features page, there is a 40Gbps network in all the locations including the New Jersey location I am using.

My MTR report to the VPS from my home ISP shows that my Comcast connection in Florida runs down to Miami at NOTA, gets handed off down there, and goes back up NTT to the New Jersey facility which appears to be at NAC (“net @ccess”) facility in NJ. The best part is it’s an average 50ms ping with 45ms being the best and 97ms being the worst.

50ms from Florida to New Jersey is perfectly fine with me.

My MTR report from the VPS to my home ISP shows the MTR leaving NAC, going to alter.net (Verizon Business), and getting handed off at New York to Comcast’s network in New York then going down to Ashburn, VA then down to Atlanta and finally to North Florida. The average is 50ms, the best is 45ms and the worst is 85ms. These are similar results going to and from the VPS so this shows consistency and an excellent network blend.

Network Summary- you get a good network for the premium price, compared to low end providers who use Cogent, for the extra few dollars per month!

 


 

Conclusion:
I am very satisfied with Linode.

I would easily put Linode up in the top 3 reliable providers that I would consider for a project, website or customer if I required a premium VPS. I am actually looking at running my own PBX so I would easily consider Linode’s Atlanta location as speedtest.atlanta.linode.com has approximately less than 30ms latency between me in Florida, going down to Miami, and coming back up on Zayo to Atlanta’s location which is perfect for hosting VoIP services.

So don’t be surprised if there is a follow up review for Linode Atlanta with a VoIP setup and maybe a guide about how to setup VoIP services on Linode’s network. If you’re looking for reliability and to step up from using “low end”, I would not hesitate one bit to give Linode a try.