Linode has been in the virtual private server VPS game for longer than most, but in recent years, companies like DigitalOcean and Vultr have taken quite a bit of mindshare from the company.

Now it looks like Linode is ready to fight back.

The company today announced the launch of a new $5/month plan that offers twice the memory 1 GB of DigitalOcean s and AWS Lightsail s comparable $5 plan.

In addition, Linode also launched a number of high-memory instances for application where memory is more important than storage and CPU power.

While today s announcement is Valentine s Day-themed, it s probably no surprise Linode announced this new plan today, given that DigitalOcean launched its load balancer this morning as well.

Linode already offered this feature, after all, and likely wanted to steal a bit of thunder from its competitor.

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