Let’s talk about bare-metal cloud. But first, let’s talk about bare-metal servers, because they form the foundation on which a bare-metal cloud service offering is built.
A bare-metal server is similar to servers that existed before virtualization even was available. A full server, including its processes, memory and storage, with everything dedicated to the workload that you are trying to put on it.
When you take that physical server, enable it and make it available to your IT workloads via an on-demand, scalable, elastic cloud model, that’s what makes it interesting – that’s bare-metal cloud.
You can spin up servers on-demand, spin them down on-demand and get servers instantaneously. You can pay as you go with a usage-based pricing model, which includes hourly or monthly billing options.
Bare-metal vs. virtualized cloud
In virtual public clouds, the “bare-metal server” is sliced and diced into many virtual instances with a layer of virtualization added on top to make it available to multiple tenants at a granular level. And what you’re getting is the virtual instance on that server, delivered via a cloud model.
With bare-metal cloud, you have a full server and all of the resources that come with that server available for yourself.