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Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice: IBM Cloud IaaS

IBM Cloud™ has been recognized as a 2019 Gartner Peer Insights Customers’ Choice for Cloud Infrastructure as a Service, Worldwide. The vendors with this distinction have been highly rated by their customers. Read the blog to learn more.

What sets IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers apart?

Six years ago, IBM Cloud acquired SoftLayer and with it, the expertise, start-up culture and high-quality infrastructure needed to evolve into what we deliver today: enterprise-grade, dedicated bare metal servers you can trust.

Deploy from more than 60 data centers across 19 countries, customize more than 11 million different configurations, and push heavy workloads with the latest CPU technologies – all inside our premier, privately owned and managed IBM Cloud Network.

Enterprise-grade resources at competitive prices set IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers apart.

Bare metal server features

Single tenant

A bare metal server dedicated to customers for complete control, flexibility, and security.

Computing power

From single processor 4-core architectures to quad-processor 12-core architectures and up to 3 TB RAM.

Local storage range

Up to 36 drives per server, with 800 GB to 1.2 TB SSDs.

Bare metal server benefits

Customizable RAM, SSD and more

Choose a processor that best meets your performance needs. Upgrade from the base configuration to fine-tune the hardware for your workload.

On-demand accessibility

Provision servers in IBM Cloud™ data centers around the world in two to four hours. If you need to be online in minutes or need only limited resources, select an hourly bare metal server.

Bare metal server versions

Monthly bare metal 

Order a monthly bare metal server built to specification, and it will be ready for you in 2 to 4 hours — with 20 TB per month outbound bandwidth included.

Hourly bare metal 

Order an hourly bare metal server, and it will be ready for you in 20 – 30 minutes. Public outbound bandwidth is charged per gigabyte.

Reserved bare metal

Reserve up to 20 bare metal servers in the data center of your choice and claim them at any time. Requires a 1-year or 3-year contract. Ideal for sustained workloads.

See how IBM Cloud outperforms the competition

IBM versus AWS

AWS offers expensive bare metal options in six rigidly defined configurations. IBM Cloud offers hundreds of highly configurable options.

IBM versus Google Cloud

Google Cloud Platform only offers virtual servers. IBM Cloud offers bare metal and virtual servers that can communicate with each other.

IBM versus Alibaba

Alibaba Cloud bare metal instances aren’t truly bare metal. IBM Cloud offers bare metal with direct access to an entire server.

New: Coffee Lake platform

IBM Cloud delivers new Coffee Lake E3-2174G single-socket server platforms for small and medium-size workloads. Coffee Lake servers double the memory a single-socket Kaby Lake platform can support — from 64 GB to 128 GB — at the same price point.

Get 50% off 2nd-Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors

Up to 33% improved performance

Help reduce associated workload costs for CPU-intensive database applications, AI workloads, and heavy analytics. New 2nd-Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors on IBM Cloud deliver the high performance you need.

Deploy worldwide

2nd-Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors are available in IBM Cloud data centers across North America, Europe and Asia Pacific.

Get started

Configure and save today. Use promo code CASCADE50 at checkout for 50% off Intel Xeon 4210, Intel Xeon 5218 or Intel Xeon 6248 on IBM Cloud.

Why Use a Bare Metal Server?

  • High-performance (HPC) and data-intensive applications requiring minimal latency-related delays
  • Big data analytic applications
  • Container-based solutions
  • SAP solutions
  • GPU-intensive solutions
  • Dedicated power for gaming
  • Web hosting
  • Applications requiring high degrees of security control
  • Applications that have traditionally run in an on-premises environment

collage representing the various bare metal server use cases, such as gaming, digital media and HPC apps

What are bare metal cloud servers?

Both dedicated and bare metal servers are a form of cloud services in which the user rents a physical machine from a provider that is not shared with any other tenants.

Unlike traditional cloud computing, which is based on virtual machines, dedicated servers do not come with a hypervisor pre-installed and give the user complete control over their server infrastructure.

With a dedicated server, because users get complete control over the physical machine, they have the flexibility to choose their own operating system, avoid the “noisy neighbor” challenges of shared infrastructure, and finely tune hardware and software for specific, often data-intensive, workloads.

What is a hypervisor?

Before hypervisors hit the mainstream, most physical computers could only run one operating system (OS) at a time. This made them stable because the computing hardware only had to handle requests from that one OS. The downside of this approach was that it wasted resources because the operating system couldn’t always use all of the computer’s power.

A hypervisor solves that problem. It is a small software layer that enables multiple operating systems to run alongside each other, sharing the same physical computing resources. These operating systems come as virtual machines (VMs)—files that mimic an entire computing hardware environment in software.

The hypervisor, also known as a virtual machine monitor (VMM), manages these VMs as they run alongside each other. It separates VMs from each other logically, assigning each its own slice of the underlying computing power, memory, and storage. This prevents the VMs from interfering with each other; so if, for example, one OS suffers a crash or a security compromise, the others survive.

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*20 TB bandwidth included in US, Canada and EU data centers; 5 TB bandwidth included in all other data centers. New prices and offers may not be combined with any other current or future discounts.