Bare-metal cloud is emerging as the next evolution of cloud computing. More workloads and use cases are demanding high performance processing power, and in many cases these requirements are best served by dedicated, physical infrastructure. Bare-metal cloud offers a cost-effective way to get full server performance with no virtualization penalty.
Recently, Internap and GigaOM Research discussed the nuts and bolts of bare-metal clouds (watch the webinar here). As enterprises continue to embrace the cloud, bare metal is quickly becoming an economical way to meet high performance demands, making it an essential piece in the future of cloud solutions.
Price for performance – The bare-metal cloud usage-based pricing model and automation capabilities offer upfront and long-term savings, but with substantial performance gains when compared to traditional public clouds. For workloads or databases with a low tolerance for noisy neighbors and the oversubscription found in multi-tenant environments, the bare-metal alternative gives you the full compute and processing power of a dedicated server. The bare-metal cloud is natural choice for performance-sensitive use cases such as big data and media encoding.
Hybridization – For organizations just starting out, the ability to use bare-metal cloud together with virtualized resources is a key driver. This approach lets you get the most from your existing infrastructure while seamlessly adding new performance capabilities. Connecting your cloud environment with other services such as colocation offers a higher degree of control and flexibility that physical infrastructure alone cannot provide. Hybridization also allows you to use the cloud for bursting needs, which is a model used by many Internap customers.
Innovation – Moving forward, IT departments will need the scalability, storage and security advantages of bare-metal cloud in order to meet requirements from the lines of business. As more cloud providers start offering bare metal capabilities to meet this demand, customers should expect further innovations around automation and flexibility. Within the next few years, bare metal will become mainstream and concerns about data control and compliance will no longer justify buying your own hardware. Many companies have already incorporated bare metal into their cloud strategy.
As more enterprises move workloads into the cloud, bare metal should be considered part of a successful IT Infrastructure strategy. Is your current cloud service meeting your requirements from a performance, security and cost standpoint?