What are bare metal servers?

Bare metal servers provide customers sole access to the entire server. Unlike a virtual server with multiple tenants, the pure bare metal server is one that is both single tenant and is offered without a hypervisor, thereby eliminating the “noisy neighbor” effect as well as any performance “tax” from the hypervisor. Bare metal servers can be acquired in a preconfigured form or custom configured to exact specifications.

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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. 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 only need limited resources, select an hourly bare metal server.

Ideal use cases for bare metal

  • 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
  • Media, monitoring and streaming applications
  • Applications requiring high degrees of security control
  • Applications that have traditionally run in an on-premises environment

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

Bare metal servers versions

Monthly bare metal 

Order a monthly bare metal server built to spec, and we’ll have it to you in two to four hours—with 500 GB/month outbound bandwidth included. 

Hourly bare metal 

Order an hourly bare metal server, and we’ll have it ready for you in 20 to 30 minutes. Public outbound bandwidth is charged per gigabyte.

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