For organizations that need to address online traffic spikes throughout the year, bare metal helps avoid overprovisioning and provides the flexibility to spin down servers during the slow months.
Some of the use cases around bare-metal servers would be just like any other hosted infrastructure service. You either purchase the server and manage it yourself, or you outsource it to a hosting company and pay on a monthly basis. This is perfect for any sort of application that has a consistent pattern of usage. You know exactly what physical resources you require, and you can plan around that.
These applications typically do not have what we call burst requirements, or rather sudden on-demand spikes of usage. They maintain a consistent pattern of traffic over time, so that, as your usage increases, you can plan accordingly and add additional hardware as needed.
Bare metal on-demand
If your application requires the performance level of a bare-metal server without a hypervisor, but you also want the on-demand, self-service nature of cloud, bare-metal cloud may better suit your use case.
For example, if your gaming application has an unpredictable number of players, and you need to adjust your service accordingly, then you may have a core amount of physical resources allocated for your day-to-day usage. And then you can provision on demand, on an hourly basis, additional services to meet those unpredictable usage spikes.
But for an application with consistent usage patterns, hourly may not be your best option. You can achieve a lower cost over a one to three year period by paying for a monthly server.
Learn more about bare metal by downloading the white paper, Stop Paying a Cloud Performance Tax: Go Beyond Virtualization with Bare-Metal Cloud.