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IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers on VPC Infrastructure are dedicated bare metal servers that provide enhanced networking and connectivity via virtual private cloud (VPC) capabilities. They’re available now as an integrated part of IBM Cloud®.

Many companies want physically dedicated hardware for security and performance, but with the ability to define, secure and manage networks using familiar public cloud concepts. IBM Cloud Bare Servers on VPC Infrastructure brings together dedicated infrastructure with multizone regions and software-defined, private cloud.

  • Deploy from a software-defined cloud across multizone regions in 10 minutes or less
  • Expand capacity of modern apps with elastic provisioning and de-provisioning
  • Launch enterprise solutions for VMware, Red Hat OpenShift and SAP with preset profiles featuring Intel® Xeon® processors for heavy memory and compute needs
  • Get the full suite of IBM Cloud VPC networking benefits and 4x-faster networking throughput (up to 100 Gbps)
  • Pay as you go, by the hour
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IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers for VPC wins Best Cloud Infrastructure for 2022–23

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New SmartNIC brings exciting changes

The industry’s newest SmartNIC has landed on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers for VPC, and brings with it updated hardware and firmware for improved networking, storage, and security. Customers get greater instance-like performance and connectivity to more IBM Cloud services without having to change or add a thing.

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Popular configurations Dedicated, no-hypervisor, bare metal servers on a software-defined cloud you control See all configurations Intel® Xeon® 8260

Compute: cx2-metal-96x192
96 vCPUs
192 GB RAM
100 Gbps bandwidth
1 x 960 GB local disk

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Intel® Xeon® 8260

Balanced: bx2d-metal-96x384
96 vCPUs
384 GB RAM
100 Gbps bandwidth
1 x 960 GB, 8 x 3200 GB local disk

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Intel® Xeon® 8260

Balanced: bx2-metal-192x768
192 vCPUs
768 GB RAM
100 Gbps bandwidth
1 x 960 GB local disk

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The IBM Cloud VPC difference Build a secure space in the public cloud. Accelerate high-production workloads with faster networking performance and deploy globally across multizone regions Hyperscale provisioning

Deploy bare metal servers to multizone regions and use floating IPs.

Best-in-class networking performance

Get up to 100 Gbps across general purpose bare metal servers.


Use the REST-based API that’s aligned to industry norms, with easy integration into existing tooling.

Logically isolated

Extend your IP addresses to dedicated PCI and VLAN interface. Keep granular control over which applications can access your resources.

Security rich environment

Effectively maintain your regulated environment with support for KYOK, BYOK and the highest level of FIPS certification.

Cost-effective high availability

Strengthen fault tolerance and help keep key specific workloads from being under-utilized or over-utilized.


How it's used

Modernize VMware ESXi workloads Deploy in a more advanced environment for extra-high mobility and availability Learn more

Create HPC file systems Build a high-performance computing file system by leveraging Terraform and IBM Spectrum Scale Learn more

Get full VMware NSX-T network support Control your IP space on 100 Gbps. Extend across cloud and on-premise Learn more


Calculate your costs Configuration features
  • 2nd Generation Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8260 CPUs
  • 10-minute rapid provisioning
  • Multiple SAP and VMware-certified solutions
  • 100 Gbps uplinks with SmartNIC technology
  • Secure boot and Trusted Platform Module 2.0 for enhanced security
  • Security groups and network access control lists (ACLs)
  • Create multiple private clouds in multizone regions (MZRs)
  • Available in preset compute, balanced and memory profiles
  • All NVMe-based secondary storage: 16x JBOD 3.2 TB NVMeu.2 local options
OS and image options
  • VMware ESXi 7.0
  • RHEL 8.4, 8.6
  • RHEL for SAP
  • Ubuntu 18,20, 22
  • Debian 11
  • Windows 2016/2019/2022
  • CentOS 7.9
  • CentOS Stream 9
  • Custom Images
Location options
  • us-south (Dallas)
  • us-east (Washington, D.C.)
  • eu-de (Frankfurt)
  • ca-tor (Toronto)
  • eu-mad (Madrid)
  • eu-gb (London)
I selected IBM Cloud VPC because of 5 points that I thought and was proven correct based on my experience using the service. First is security. Secondly is agility. The third is isolation. Fourth is the high performance. Fifth, and last, is the scalability. Ivo Draginov CEO BatchService Learn more
Resources Get started with the bare metal for VPC product guide

Explore all provisioning instructions, tutorials, how to’s, and reference architectures

Read the latest bare metal news

New SmartNIC brings exciting changes to IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers VPC

Learn how to provision a bare metal server on IBM Cloud VPC

Watch how to order a bare metal server for VPC featuring Intel Xeon 8260 scalable processors and how to attach a floating IP.

Deploy VMware on bare metal servers for VPC

See how to create IBM Cloud VPC with multiple subnets to support vSphere networking and the provisioning of a VMware vSphere.

Connecting to ESXi with bare metal servers for VPC

Learn how to connect VMware ESXi after your bare metal server is running to keep your network in a secure cloud environment.

Join the IBM Cloud VPC Architecture Center

Explore reference diagrams, related code solutions, advanced courses, and more.

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