Linode is the founding sponsor of TFiR.

The network is one of the three pillars of the cloud. It is a lifeline for businesses. No network means no connectivity, no services to customers. It’s a lifeline for developers. No network means no access to your own environment and applications.

“Networking is a fundamental building block of the cloud. You need a fast, reliable, feature-rich and affordable network for cloud experience,” said Dan Spataro, Director of Infrastructure Operations at Linode.

As dependent users are on the network, they usually don’t have direct visibility or control over the network. “Network is one of the most important factors of the cloud experience but it’s something that developers can’t see or interact with,” said Maddie Presland, Product Marketing Coordinator at Linode. “They don’t really have any control over it. So it’s up to the provider to make sure that the network is really efficient because of how much that affects application performance and cost savings on whether or not your network is configured to include more or less network transfer.”

Linode is doing extensive work on improving the cloud experience for its users by improving the network. It’s all open-source, software-defined network replacing proprietary black boxes with commodity hardware and open-source software.

Linode has created its own Linux-based operating system called LNOS (Linode Network Operating System) which runs Linode’s full stack of orchestration and monitoring on top of Linux. This discussion with Dan and Maddie covers the work Linode is doing in the networking space. I hope you enjoyed the discussion.