Linode Review 2011

By | 2011/03/26

This is mainly a screenshot review of Linode‘s excellent VPS hosting and online interface. A VPS you could say is somewhat between shared hosting and a dedicated server though it has its advantages over a dedicated host as well.

Ok so here is what you get:

  • Runs on Xen
  • 4 core Xeon @ 2.27Ghz
  • 512 or more ram depending on your plan
  • 16GB or more hard disk space depending on your plan
  • Backups available for $5+ extra / month
  • Choose your datacenter from US and UK
  • Console shell access via web browser in case you hose yourself
  • Click to deploy a variety of Linux flavors
  • Add multiple users to manage your Linode service
  • Custom DNS including TXT such as DKIM, SPF, etc.
  • Clone disk images from Linode Manager interface
  • Auto-reboot of server in case of a crash or problem is available
  • Email alerts based on your settings of high CPU, disk, or network usage
  • A recovery distro you can boot if needed
  • Support forum and IRC chat -> http://www.linode.com/community

You do not need a domain name to use Linode – each ip has a random li166-.something DNS attached to it. Though if you need a domain name, I suggest using a service such as hover.com.

Network performance:

I get about 10Mb/s max in/out from my Linode from the fastest place I have access to (UC Berkeley data center), though this varies for a variety of reasons.

CPU performance:

I am yet to fully max out the four core Xeon, though my use of a LAMP server is not that CPU intensive. CPU availability seems limitless to me, for the most part. scottlinux.com runs on a 1024 Linode!

Geekbench comes to 4401

$ cat /proc/cpu

$ cat /proc/cpuinfo 
processor	: 0
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 26
model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5520  @ 2.27GHz
stepping	: 5
cpu MHz		: 2266.746
cache size	: 8192 KB
fdiv_bug	: no
hlt_bug		: no
f00f_bug	: no
coma_bug	: no
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 11
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu de tsc msr pae cx8 cmov pat clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht nx constant_tsc nonstop_tsc pni ssse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt hypervisor
bogomips	: 4533.49
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 1
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 26
model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5520  @ 2.27GHz
stepping	: 5
cpu MHz		: 2266.746
cache size	: 8192 KB
fdiv_bug	: no
hlt_bug		: no
f00f_bug	: no
coma_bug	: no
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 11
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu de tsc msr pae cx8 cmov pat clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht nx constant_tsc nonstop_tsc pni ssse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt hypervisor
bogomips	: 4533.49
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 2
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 26
model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5520  @ 2.27GHz
stepping	: 5
cpu MHz		: 2266.746
cache size	: 8192 KB
fdiv_bug	: no
hlt_bug		: no
f00f_bug	: no
coma_bug	: no
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 11
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu de tsc msr pae cx8 cmov pat clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht nx constant_tsc nonstop_tsc pni ssse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt hypervisor
bogomips	: 4533.49
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:

processor	: 3
vendor_id	: GenuineIntel
cpu family	: 6
model		: 26
model name	: Intel(R) Xeon(R) CPU           L5520  @ 2.27GHz
stepping	: 5
cpu MHz		: 2266.746
cache size	: 8192 KB
fdiv_bug	: no
hlt_bug		: no
f00f_bug	: no
coma_bug	: no
fpu		: yes
fpu_exception	: yes
cpuid level	: 11
wp		: yes
flags		: fpu de tsc msr pae cx8 cmov pat clflush mmx fxsr sse sse2 ss ht nx constant_tsc nonstop_tsc pni ssse3 sse4_1 sse4_2 popcnt hypervisor
bogomips	: 4533.49
clflush size	: 64
cache_alignment	: 64
address sizes	: 40 bits physical, 48 bits virtual
power management:


Disk

$ sudo hdparm -t /dev/xvda

/dev/xvda:
 Timing buffered disk reads:  318 MB in  3.01 seconds = 105.78 MB/sec

Linode Manager

Below are complete screenshots of the linode.com user interface Linode Manager. This interface was recently updated and it is quite slick.


Linode iPhone / iOS app:



The Android app is not as feature filled or polished as the iOS app, but it provides some general functionality.

Android app:



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2 thoughts on “Linode Review 2011

  1. asdsad

    Why not use Arch Linux or even Debian? I hear they have a lot less memory footprint?

    Or am I mistaken? Thanks!

    Reply
    1. scott Post author

      Yeah – I decided to give Ubuntu Server 10.04 LTS a spin because of its long support cycle. (5 years or so?) So I don’t have to think about upgrading until 2015. :)

      Otherwise I usually go with the lean and mean Debian,

      Reply

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