Linode, LLC is an American privately owned virtual private server provider company based in Galloway, New Jersey, United States. Linode (a portmanteau of the words linux and node) was founded by Christopher Aker, launching in mid 2003. Linode transitioned from UML to Xen virtualization in March 2008, and then to KVM in mid-2015. It launched its data backup service in 2009. NodeBalancer, a load-balancing service, launched in July 2011. Linode released Linode Managed, an incident response service designed for businesses, in 2013.