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Linode vs. UpCloud

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Storage performance
UpCloud Linode
Storage (write, 4KB random)

25754

10342

Storage (read, 4KB random)

101726

39680

100000

83333

66667

50000

33333

16667

0

Compute performance
UpCloud Linode
Memory (K ops/sec)

2118

1763

CPU (events)

6691

5023

7000

5833

4667

3500

2333

1167

0

Linode alternative - why is UpCloud better

Key points

SSDs are fast, like really fast! But they weren’t fast enough for us! So we built a completely new type of storage backend, aptly named MaxIOPS. It’s specifically built to give you the best I/O performance for today’s demanding web applications and services. It often gives you more than 2x the performance of enterprise-grade SSD. We have had to actually limit the performance at 100,000 IOPS per virtual storage device to give you the high performance at all times.

To this day we remain the fastest cloud server provider currently available on the market. Don’t believe us? We are #1 performance leader in Europe. Here is a highly detailed and in-depth comparisons report of the best European cloud providers on the market from Cloud Spectator.

Private networking and Floating IPs are essential in building modern and scalable web applications. A private network lets your cloud servers communicate through a secure connection that is not exposed to the public network (i.e. the Internet) and doesn’t count towards your bandwidth costs. Both UpCloud and Linode provide you with the tools to create a complex infrastructure with ease, using simple but powerful APIs and control panels.

The main difference between UpCloud and Linode is that Linode’s private network is essentially shared between all servers and only works inside the same data centre. With UpCloud, you get a 100% private network, that spans across all of our data centres!

With Linode’s plans, you’re locked into the resource limits that are provided by the plans they have chosen for you. So what if you need to add additional CPU cores, but are happy with the amount of memory and storage? Too bad! You’ll have to upgrade to the next available plan, significantly adding to your costs as you are paying for resources you don’t actually require. Without the possibility of configuring each resource independently, you will never be in complete control.

With Linode alternative UpCloud, you get the best of both worlds. Each cloud server can be deployed using a Simple, discounted plan or with fully customizable Flexible resource limits, completely according to your budget and needs. You can even switch between Simple plans and Flexible configurations whenever you want!

What our users have to say

Case Studies

How Finqu attained 100% availability with superior performance

Previously, we ended up wasting a lot of time investigating and resolving technical problems. In contrast, we've been extremely happy hosting on UpCloud thanks to their reliable infrastructure.

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How Vaimo achieved faster time to market with performance to spare

Our services have benefited from the new solution resulting a faster time to market with the performance that is required with large eCommerce systems.

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How Wunder unified their infrastructure in all regions

Our projects vary greatly between implementations, therefore, we really wanted to unify our infrastructure. UpCloud has proven to be flexible enough to allow us to adapt to different needs with minimal effort.

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How Haltu built intricate customer solutions on simplicity

UpCloud's offering is simple and easy to understand, cloud servers with a little bit of networking, nothing overly fancy and that's exactly what we want.

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How PointerBP found relief from maintenance in new partnership

Each day our systems ingest large quantities of data and with UpCloud we know that the hardware management is in trustworthy and experienced hands.

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How Anders built their services on minimum maintenance

Consolidating almost everything hosting related to a single provider has been a huge management relief for our system administrators.

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How Polystream’s low latency application streaming reached new audiences

We are always looking to broaden our global reach and thanks to UpCloud we are able to deliver great quality streams to regions yet unreachable by traditional 3D streaming methods.

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How Ruby Studio built trusted design on reliability

With the new solution, we have achieved complete transparency and control. If we experience issues with a server, our server team will always be on top of it even before a client reports the issue.

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How Critical Force supercharged their game with MaxIOPS

UpCloud has enabled us to run large datasets on individual servers. Due to the extreme IOPS performance, we’ve consolidated our services from tens of hosts to but a few high-powered systems.

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How Evermade cloudified their company infrastructure

Cloud-based company infrastructure has provided many benefits. For example, working remotely is a breeze since our work is not tied to any office location or even a specific computer.

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How Fraktio attained rock-solid stability

We have been enjoying the competitive pricing. On top of that, the customer service is always very friendly and responsive thanks to UpCloud being far less corporate than other providers.

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How Sitesbi raised their SLA way above industry norms

Thanks to your offerings, our SLA is almost as good as yours. Your backups are also, in our experience, the best in the market. It was love at first sight.

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How Barabra took control of their cloud hosting solution

We're able to adapt to different situations much better thanks to being in full control of our software stack. The ability to activate and deactivate instances on-demand has proven very useful.

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How SportMonks increased their API performance to new heights

The new servers at UpCloud are so much faster on the disk, CPU, and memory performance. We get way more requests out of the same amount of money that the migration was well worth it.

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UpCloud Linode Difference
Instance 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 25GB MaxIOPS 1 CPU, 1GB Memory, 25GB SSD +5GB storage
Location London London -
Price (USD) $5/mo $5/mo -
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random read) 101726 IOPS 39680 IOPS +2.5x
Disk I/O (sysbench, 4 KB random write) 25754 IOPS 10342 IOPS +2.5x
CPU(sysbench, CPU) 6691 4294 +1.6x
Memory(sysbench, Memory) 2118K ops/s 1763K ops/s +1.2x

UpCloud is like tank.

It helps us deal with incoming traffic of 1,8 TB/day on a single e-commerce site. Achievement “100% SLA” completed 🙂

Adam Piotrowski, Lead Software Engineer

Nimble IaaS provider

If you’re looking for a nimble IaaS provider, check out UpCloud. Great service, good prices, all-around nice guys =)

Tapio Äijälä

Significant database access speedup

Brought up another UpCloud server & activated the most troublesome site on it – significant database access speedup, looks like we have a winner!

Peter Maloy

As far as I see, UpCloud’s new DC in Helsinki is SO GOOD. It’s surely lovely. 🙂

Makoto Mizukami

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Locations

Helsinki (HQ)

In the capital city of Finland, you will find our headquarters, and our first data centre. This is where we handle most of our development and innovation.

London

London was our second office to open, and a important step in introducing UpCloud to the world. Here our amazing staff can help you with both sales and support, in addition to host tons of interesting meetups.

Singapore

Singapore was our 3rd office to be opened, and enjoys one of most engaged and fastest growing user bases we have ever seen.

Seattle

Seattle is our 4th and latest office to be opened, and our way to reach out across the pond to our many users in the Americas.