What are bare metal servers?
Bare metal servers provide users with sole access to the entire server. Unlike a virtual server with multiple tenants, the pure bare metal server is single tenant and offered without a hypervisor, thereby eliminating the “noisy neighbor” effect and any performance “tax” from the hypervisor. Bare metal servers can be acquired in a preconfigured form or custom-configured to exact specifications.
Bare metal server features
A bare metal server dedicated to customers for complete control, flexibility, and security
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
Choose the best server for you
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.
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.
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2nd-Gen Intel Xeon Scalable Processors
The highly anticipated 2nd-Gen Intel Xeon Scalable microarchitecture can now be ordered and configured in the IBM Cloud catalog.
Available in key IBM Cloud Multi-Zone Regional (MZR) data centers across North America, Europe and the Asia Pacific region.
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Ideal use cases for bare metal
Monthly bare metal
Order a monthly bare metal server built to specification, and it will be ready for you in two to four hours — with 500 GB 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- or 3-year contract. Ideal for sustained workloads.
Accelerate the performance of your servers
Servers with cutting-edge GPUs can handle complex compute-intensive workloads — from analytics and graphics to energy exploration and machine learning.
IBM POWER8® bare metal servers are based on OpenPOWER, making it easy to make the leap to a Linux-based hosted environment.
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