What is Bare-Metal Cloud?
Bare-Metal Cloud are physical, dedicated servers that are rented out to individual clients, incorporating; physical Bare-Metal server performance, cloud storage capability, server maintenance and customer service into a subscription-based service.
Each client is given their own server block, which is referred to as Single-Tenant Machines, so there is no sharing storage, processing power or bandwidth. Single-Tenant Machines are essential for those wanting privacy and complete control of the server.
As well as Single-Tenant Machines, as part of the service, clients are able to install the Operating System (OS) or applications of their choice, within reason obviously. Nothing malicious or illegal.
Bare-Metal Cloud is generally the best quality and most expensive service option as clients are getting the use of an entire server rather than having to share with neighbours which may cause interference.
In terms of the popularity of this option, integration of Bare-Metal servers and fully automated cloud storage services are on the rise, with experts estimating the market to reach $26.21 Billion dollars by the year 2025.
Infrastructure as a Service (Iaas)
IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service) is one part of the four pillars of cloud servicing; Software as a Service, Platform as a Service and Serverless – being the others. Ultimately, the limit of IaaS is the amount that the client pays. Maintenance and performance on the service side is increased or decreased depending on the tier of subscription service that the client pays for.
This flexible style of service is perfect for businesses that have busy periods and less busy periods in their day to day operations. For example, companies like Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Service and Netflix use this type of service as their traffic has periods of both high and low.
Is There A Difference Between Bare-Metal Cloud and IaaS?
Bare-Metal is a subsection of IaaS so for the most part they are not different. However there are some glaring difference for which to look for
They both allow control of OS and applications, however only Bare-Metal that gives the client control over the infrastructure of the server.
With an IaaS, the provider hosting the server service is the one in complete control of the client’s services. The client, in most cases, will have next to no knowledge about the applications, programmes or software the provider is using. There is a clear divide between the Provider and the Client.
The upshot is that for businesses that are not tech savvy but require a server and hosting services, an IaaS is the perfect option. Paying a monthly or annual fee for off-site, management of sever maintenance, low cost but with the capability of running average to high workloads is a great option.
In my opinion, the size of the business, the workload of its daily operations and the technical experience of those involved will generally dictate whether a Bare-Metal, Single-Tenant service or IaaS is better.