Linode Founder Chris Aker on why you don’t want to mess with The Onion

The Structure Show 2014

When he quit his paying job and needed a new gig, Chris Aker started Linode in 2003, well before any of the public cloud providers showed up. And Linode, a conflation of “Linux” and “node,”  which he initially ran out of his bedroom, became an early fan favorite among developers needing an easy way to create and run workloads. Here he talks about why he’s not wild about Linode being characterized as a virtual private server company as opposed to a cloud provider, which he calls a distinction without a real difference except for marketing purposes.

Linode, he said, makes it easier for customres to buy all-in-one easy to consume nodes — with bandwidth etc included. In April Linode invested $45 million  in a pretty impressive infrastructure overhaul including new SSD drives, doubled RAM capacity, the latest Intel chips and 40GB networking.

Check out our chat to learn why The Onion is a great customer for Linode, but also a scary one.

Linode Founder Chris Aker.

Linode Founder Chris Aker.

Derrick Harris and I also go off on a tangent about the use (and potential abuse) of data analytics by major sports franchises and why we’re happy that Yahoo is serious about R&D with its revitalized Yahoo Labs but how it better be very, very careful not to screw up Yahoo Finance. But if it could combone Flickr photo and perhaps video search with that dashboard, we would be very, very happy. (Hint hint.)

 

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