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Linode unveils $45M cloud upgrade near A.C.

Taking on IBM, AWS, Rackspace

Linode, the Galloway, Atlantic County, NJ-based cloud-hosting computer-services pioneer, says it has invested $45 million, from internally-generated cash, in upgrading its server and networking hardware to native solid state drives (SSDs), boosted network throughput to 40 gigabytes/second from 2 gigabytes/second, and doubled random-access memory, to "up to 96 gigabytes of available RAM," founder Christopher Aker said in a statement.  

In a statement, the company says it "already offers the most cost-competitive solution among rivals IBM, AWS and Rackspace," and has added "several larger plans built specifically for its enterprise customers." Upgrades also include "no more spinning disks," provisioning times cut to "well under a minute," new Intel Xeon E5 2680v2 Ivy Bridge processors, and "higher core counts and better performance than any other cloud hosting provider." Also, "each Lynode host server now has 40 Gbits of network connectivity" and inbound throughput, with outbound up to 10 Gbit/second.

Linode has also addded Cisco Nexus 700 and 500 -series switches and Nexus 2000 fabric expenders to improve load-balancing and redundancies. Linode claims 250,000 customers. More about Linode here.