Linode: After 319 Days of Uptime

If there is one VPS provider that I really like and use it’s Linode (ref link). In my opinion they are not over hyped or overrated, they do what they do best: offer quality VPS, have multiple locations, nifty features (such as load balancing) and most importantly the best (and quickest) support.

Recently Linode started a wave of upgrades:

  1. 20% increase in storage (December 2012)
  2. Network upgrade that included upgrading the transfer allowance (March 2013)
  3. Host node upgrades running newer Intel Xeon E5-2670 CPUs + 8 cores per VPS (March 2013)
  4. RAM doubled on all plans (April 2013)

After reading about the RAM upgrade and simply had to get my VPS running with all of the above (out of the above my VPS I was only taking advantage of the network upgrade).…

Linode’s Clairvoyant Support Team

I swear Linode's (shameless referral linking :-p) support team have a crystal ball or something on their desks! So a couple of days ago my VPS at Linode was going up and down then down for a few minutes. I decided to send in a ticket wondering if there was some issue going on. Just have a look at the timestamps:

Yes, that is a reply to my question 7 SECONDS after I opened the ticket!…

Linode’s 9th Birthday Giveaway!

Linode (to me, the best VPS provider in the solar system) is going to be celebrating its 9th birthday on the 19th of June with a super giveaway! Yes, this is a party where you don't need to bring any presents, but get presents from the birthday boy (or company) themselves.

The giveaway is for all, new and existing customers and it is quite simple. According to their blog post if you are a new customer, signup for one of their amazing Xen VPS and you'll get $100 in credit.…

Linode’s Impressive Uptime

It has been more or less 6 months since I've moved this blog to a Linode VPS (512MB Xen in London) and I must say that I am quite impressed with its performance, uptime and most importantly support. Here is a breakdown of the uptime since I started (using Pingdom, checking every minute):

November 2011: 100%
December 2011: 99.99%
January 2012: 99.98%
February 2012: 100%
March 2012: 99.91% (migration downtime, read about it below)
April 2012: 100%

March had the worst uptime and this was due to a configuration I made that required a reboot (less than a minute down) and a migration of my Linode to another node (within the same DC).…

A Detailed Linode Review

It's been just over 2 months since I have been using Linode's VPS (Virtual Private Server) services. I decided to give them a try to see what the hype was all about. The closest I've ever gotten to use Linode was reading the many tutorials they have in the Linode Library. Before them, I was using BurstNET for hosting my blog (a review here). Burst and Linode offer similar services but for different markets.…

(Almost) End of the Year Updates

Oh boy where to start?!

For some reason, to me, this year seemed to have passed real quick. I know its still November, but before I know it, it will probably be December 31. This year was probably the bumpiest one yet for me.

Firstly, there were (and still are) all these revolutions going on in the region. As far as the subject goes I will stop there, I like to keep a politically free atmosphere.…