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Dedicated, secure, high-performance servers

IBM Cloud® Bare Metal Servers are fully dedicated servers providing maximum performance and secure, single tenancy. No hypervisor means you get direct root access to 100% of your server resources. Customize it all with over 11 million configurations to choose from. We also recently lowered our bare metal server prices, on average, by 17% across the board — and included 20 TB of bandwidth, cost-free. Choose from hourly, monthly or reserved billing, and more, at prices set for smart cost management.

Server billing options

Hourly bare metal (no limit)

Starting at USD 0.47 per hour

Hourly servers are ready in 30 minutes. Buy bandwidth by the gigabyte.

Monthly bare metal

Starting at USD 162 per month

Monthly servers are ready in 4 hours, with 20 TB outbound bandwidth.

Reserved bare metal

Requires a 1-year or 3-year contract

For sustained workloads, get up to 20 servers; claim at any time.

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Frequently asked questions

Get answers to the most commonly asked questions about this product.

What is a bare metal server?

A bare metal server, also called a dedicated server by some, is a form of cloud services in which the user rents from a provider a physical machine that is not shared with any other tenants.

Unlike traditional cloud computing, which is based on virtual machines, bare metal servers do not come with a hypervisor preinstalled. This environment gives the user complete control over their server infrastructure.

Because users get complete control over the physical machine with a bare metal (or dedicated) server, they have the flexibility to choose their own operating system. A bare metal server helps avoid the noisy neighbor challenges of shared infrastructure and allows users to finely tune hardware and software for specific data-intensive workloads.

In addition to virtual servers, networking and storage, bare metal servers are a foundational component of the IaaS stack in cloud computing.

What are the benefits of a bare metal server?

The primary benefits of bare metal (or dedicated) servers are based on the access that end users have to hardware resources. The advantages of this approach include the following:

  • Enhanced physical isolation which offers security and regulatory benefits
  • Greater processing power
  • Complete control of their software stack
  • More consistent disk and network I/O performance
  • Greater quality of service (QoS) by eliminating the noisy neighbor phenomenon

 

Taken together, bare metal servers have an important role in the infrastructure mix for many companies due to their unique combination of performance and control.

Why use a bare metal (or dedicated) server?

  • Customized your way: Choose up to 96 cores, versatile storage, extensive memory and more.
  • Wherever you need your data: Over 60 data centers globally put data close to your users.
  • The latest technology always: Provision for SAP or add NVIDIA Tesla GPUs, VMware software and more.
  • Security: Enjoy highest-level data encryption with data visible only to you.

Bare metal server versus virtual server

Today, available compute options for cloud services go beyond just bare metal (or dedicated) servers and cloud servers. Containers are becoming a default infrastructure choice for many cloud-native applications. Platform as a service (PaaS) has an important niche of the applications market for developers who don’t want to manage an OS or runtime environment. And serverless computing is emerging as the model of choice for cloud purists.

But the comparison many users still gravitate toward when evaluating bare metal servers is the comparison to virtual servers. For most companies, the criteria for choice are application specific or workload specific. It is extremely common for a company to use a mix of bare metal servers along with virtualized resources across their cloud environment.

Virtual servers are the more common model of cloud computing because they offer greater resource density, faster provisioning times, and the ability to scale up and down quickly as needs dictate. But bare metal (dedicated) servers are the right fit for a few primary use cases that take advantage of the combination of attributes. These attributes are dedicated resources, greater processing power, and more consistent disk and network I/O performance.

  • Performance-centric app and data workloads: The complete access and control over hardware resources makes bare metal a good match for workloads such as HPC, big data and high-performance databases as well as gaming and finance workloads.
  • Apps with complex security or regulatory requirements: The combination of a global data center footprint with physical resource separation has helped many organizations adopt cloud while simultaneously meeting complex security and regulatory demands.
  • Large, steady-state workloads: For applications such as ERP, CRM or SCM that have a relatively stable set of ongoing resource demands, bare metal (dedicated) servers can also be a good fit.

 

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Footnotes

*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.