Linode opens second Tokyo data centre
Tue 29 Nov 2016
U.S.-based cloud service hosting provider Linode has opened a new data center in Tokyo. This marks the company’s second data center in the city, its third in Asia, and ninth worldwide.
The new data center, ‘Tokyo 2’, was designed to meet the needs of the company’s Asia Pacific customer base. It boasts doubled RAM and SSD servers from the Tokyo 1 data center, and has incorporated a variety of several transit providers and peer traffic exchange arrangements to ensure high connectivity and low latency, particularly with China.
Linode has also incorporated KVM hypervisors in the Tokyo 2 data center. The Linux-based hypervisor creates virtual machine environments and coordinates resource requirements throughout the hosting environment, allowing different operating systems to share the same host, allowing the company to provide services to clients of all sizes from the largest corporate accounts down to personal accounts – which offer 2G of storage for $10 per month.
This represents a new offering for customers in Japan, who were not able to migrate existing services from Xen hypervisors to KVM; using the Tokyo 2 data center, this will now be an option. Linode is no longer offering Xen hypervisors to new customers, and is offering a RAM size upgrade incentive to existing customers who change over from Xen to KVM.
Linode CEO Christopher Aker said, “Tokyo 2 represents a significant investment in the needs of the developers, entrepreneurs and businesses who choose Linode as their cloud service provider. We are continuously striving to provide the best possible uptime, bandwidth, processing power, security, affordability and customer service for our clients. Tokyo 2 will have it all.”
Linode was the victim of a catastrophic distributed denial of service attacks this past September, targeting the Atlanta data center first, followed by a string of DDoS attacks on Linode data centers worldwide. While serious, the September attacks were not as devastating as the January 2016 DDoS attacks, which lasted from December 25 – January 5, and resulted in Linode’s complete overhaul of its data center connectivity strategy.
Brett Kaplan, data center operations manager for Linode, addressed the attacks and their bearing on the new data center in an interview. “The Tokyo 2 transit configuration implements many safeguards which prevent or reduce the impact of attacks.” These safeguards include improved bandwidth, which will help to reduce the effects of future attacks on end users, as well as the implementation of diverse transit providers, to allow for rapid changeovers in the case of interrupted services.