3 reasons to love the bare metal cloud
When infrastructure-as-a-service is referenced, we are generally discussing virtual server offerings. Bare metal challenges that assumption, having become a major part of how hybrid clouds blend public, dedicated, and private virtual infrastructure.
Gathering Clouds’ contributor and cloud computing expert David Linthicum notes: “…virtualization and cloud computing are not mandatory partners.”
Indeed, Linthicum’s point should not be ignored. Too often, virtualization is confused for cloud, leading to the wide spread “cloud washing” ideology that has occurred over the last few years. Many companies suffer as a result; gaining the agility that virtualization delivers for infrastructure management but gaining none of the cost and performance benefits that true clouds can deliver. Linthicum continues to mention:
“It’s a fact that virtualization is not a requirement when creating cloud computing services, but it is helpful to those who manage the service. “
So when considering leveraging bare metal as part of a cloud deployment, what aspects of the infrastructure benefit?
Performance is a major sticking point for many cloud-based platforms. While a lot is often promised, delivery of performance thresholds can too often leave something to be desired in an all virtual cloud deployment. This is to be expected if you are utilizing a public cloud, which many others are pulling resources from as well, whereby performance will be impacted as a result.
With bare metal cloud offerings, users can benefit from the automated provisioning of dedicated managed hosting environments. As a result, users can avoid the performance lag hypervisor virtualization calls.
Dedicated infrastructure, like private clouds and bare metal environments, provide more security based on the fact that multi-tenancy is not part of the equation at all. Other layers of security can be installed at both the application and network layers, but by removing any potential overlap on the actual physical server, you are doing worlds of good for an improved security outlook.
3) Hybrid deployments:
As we’ve discussed in previous posts, hybrid clouds – meaning the ability to easily shift workloads between connected environments – are not yet a full reality. However, bare metal as part of a larger infrastructure scheme becomes an important piece for a successful hybridization of cloud.
Consider this: for a mobile advertising platform, dealing with voluminous amounts of data, will require high performance and scalability to match demand if a particular ad should blow up. Then, bare metal becomes the center piece of their infrastructure. The bare metal servers are where the data is processed, given bare metal’s improved performance.
Public cloud is used for variable elasticity purposes, and a private virtual network ensures that security and compliance requirements for the data are met.
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