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Making Sense of Bare Metal Servers and the Cloud

Bare metal servers are single-tenant, physical servers trusted by many organizations because of their security, performance, and stability. Learn details of what bare metal servers are, why they are used, and a trend known as bare metal-as-a-service (also called the bare metal cloud).

Benefits of Bare Metal Servers

Amidst the proliferation of virtual environments in recent years, some organizations have pushed back when it comes to their server needs. After all, there are certainly shortcomings with virtual environments—especially their multi-tenant nature.

For these organizations, the single-tenant, physical nature of bare metal servers is essential to their success. Such servers provide unmatched security, performance, and stability for their businesses. Additionally, bare metal servers allow for a higher degree of customization so that each tenant can tailor their server to meet their unique requirements.

Benefits of Bare Metal Servers


What is a Bare Metal Server?

Bare metal servers are highly stable and reliable physical computers that can run dedicated services, without interruptions, for extended periods of time. They constitute a single-tenant environment, which means their physical resources aren’t shared between multiple tenants.

As a result of their physical isolation, bare metal servers have the potential to offer superior performance and predictability compared to virtual environments. This stability makes bare metal servers the preferred choice for many organizations that need to process large amounts of data. Download our infographic on Maximizing Performance for more information.

With a bare metal server, you get direct access to the server, which allows you to better leverage the underlying hardware architectures. To put this into perspective, in a virtual environment, if you provision a virtual machine (VM), you then have a guest operating system (OS) on top of a hypervisor, which, in turn, is on top of the physical hardware. In this scenario, you only have direct access to the guest OS and the interface used to create the VM, not the physical hardware.


More Options with Bare Metal Physical Servers

Conversely, with a bare metal server, you have direct access to the underlying architecture of the hardware, which gives you more options for creating your own platform to host a service or application. Bare metal servers don’t use several layers of software, whereas virtual environments use, at a minimum, one hypervisor. What this means is that there is one less layer of software standing in the way of you and the physical hardware. This allows you to get more reliable performance from your server.

The words bare metal signify the fact that the physical server is differentiated from a virtual environment and cloud hosting. Within the context of a data center, therefore, bare metal servers are not shared between multiple clients.

Virtual environments use a shared hosting deployment model so that the end-user works with virtual resources rather than the bare metal level. In contrast, the single-tenant of a bare metal server has root-level access. This root-level access allows for additional software options to be built directly on the hardware architecture without a hypervisor getting in the way.


Pro Tip: Why Use Bare Metal Servers?

Since bare metal servers are single-tenant, you don’t have to compete with other users on the same server for valuable resources.

  • Additionally, bare metal servers can support higher intensity workloads than virtual machines. This makes bare metal servers ideal for industries such as financial services and health care, which have the highest standards for data security, stability, and performance
  • From a compliance perspective, it’s easier to control access to a bare metal server versus a virtual environment because the hardware can be directly configured to meet regulatory requirements regarding access and permissions.


Bare Metal-as-a-Service

Metal Server

Bare metal servers can be run from in-house data centers, a colocation center, or as a bare metal as-a-service (BMaaS) model. BMaaS, also known as the bare metal cloud, is considered by many to be a subset of infrastructure-as-a-service (IaaS).


Bare Metal vs the Cloud

The Cloud

With BMaaS, a third party provider deploys bare metal servers to the data center providing comparable scalability and agility of a cloud service. In contrast to a colocation data center, BMaaS provides a full stack, hosted, and real-time solutions.

Reliant Technology is Your Trusted Bare Metal-as-a-Service Provider

At Reliant Technology, we provide our financial services, health care, and other clients with world-class bare metal-as-a-service options. With over 15 years of experience in implementing bare metal server solutions, we understand the utmost importance of data security, server stability, and performance for banking, health care, and government clients. On average, we provide maintenance and support for at least 50% less than the fees charged by manufacturers. Plus, we respond 24 hours a day, 365 days a year with our 4-hour SLA.

Contact Reliant Technology today for all of your bare metal server maintenance and support needs, including bare metal-as-a-service!

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Reid Smith-Vaniz

by Reid Smith-Vaniz

Reid is the founder and CEO of Reliant Technology and for 14 years has pursued his mission to remove the pain associated with maintaining IT infrastructure. Reid writes on common challenges related to maintaining, servicing, tracking, budgeting, and upgrading technology.

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