You know what you get with bare metal servers on a classic infrastructure: dedicated compute with direct hardware access for your performance-oriented workloads. It’s compliant, controlled and secure

But what about speed, high availability and interconnectivity? What about having a truer on-demand provisioning option for your most intense applications? Let’s look at three use cases that cannot be answered by previous Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) VPC solutions:
• Use case 1: The need for virtualization: Client one needs a way to create and manage their own virtual machines (VMs), but current virtual servers (VSIs) don’t allow for this. Their goal is to execute their own virtualization on servers completely free of a cloud-managed hypervisor

• Use case 2: RYO and BYOL VMware users: Client two is only interested in using VMware ESXi. They want to deploy their ESXi hosts within a VPC and support the clustering, high availability, and workload mobility (vMotion) of VMware. At the same time, the client may already be invested in VMware licenses and prefer to fully manage and use their own software key

• Use case 3: Performance-sensitive workloads: Client three works in the financial services industry and needs to maximize their application efficiency with consistently performing hardware while managing the concerns surrounding sensitive data. Their goal is to maintain intense compute and network performance while remaining compliant and in total control of their environment

Bare metal servers at the speed of virtual

What do these three use clients have in common? A need to elevate traditional bare metal workloads with the speed and capabilities of a virtual cloud without sacrificing performance and security standards. Enter: IBM Cloud® Bare Metal Servers for VPC

• Available in compute, balanced and memory profiles

The market understands the importance of bare metal — high-performance, physical single tenancy and greater application customization compared to virtual servers. Bare metal servers address performance-sensitive workloads across the financial, insurance, retail and government industries. It is the backbone to common enterprise applications, including VMware, SAP and more

To solve for performance in a scalable cloud, we've evolved our bare metal servers to be offered natively within our VPC. Let’s unpack this as it relates to the use cases above:
• Use case 1 solution: For our client who wants to manage virtualization without losing the strength of single tenancy performance from their bare metal server, Bare Metal Servers for VPC is an ideal choice. It comes without a KVM hypervisor installed, allowing the client to virtualize with the software of their choosing. At the same time, the client will have options for varying VMware-compatible configurations, including the most common fixed profiles found in Classic Infrastructure. Deployed with 3rd Gen Intel® Xeon® Platinum 8260 Processors, this solution will help the client drive impact by protecting their data and application code from the data center to the edge, thereby giving them high network performance and interconnectivity. Unlike its VSI for VPC counterpart, this solution supports virtualization and is optimized for cloud enterprise applications, HPC workloads, IoT workloads and enhanced network and security

• Use case 2 solution: For this client, roll your own (RYO) requirements are proving too costly, and can often saddle the client with more software than they need. On IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers for VPC, they can choose between renting or BYOL (bring your own license). Clients like this are free to rent only ESXi or BYOL an entire VMware software stack, with instance-like bare metal servers. In addition, the hourly pricing gives the client great clarity in budgeting and planning for overall costs

• Use case 3 solution: This client has one of the most universal needs today — high performance for sensitive workloads. While virtual servers provide for the desired speed and elasticity, security, storage and consumption are better served with bare metal servers. Before, this client’s choices would have been a bare metal server on a classic infrastructure or to make compromises in moving to a VPC. Those choices do not adequately meet the needs for clients dealing with highly sensitive and regulated workloads, such as those in the financial services industry. IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers for VPC provides 100% of the bare metal compute resource into a virtual network. The client benefits from dedicated physical core performance and security and maximum memory consumption on bare metal servers while solving for their speed and network concerns

What does this mean for you? In your journey to cloud, VSIs can address most use cases. But when VSIs — either in a classic or VPC environment — cannot meet your requirements, you no longer need compromise

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers for VPC gives you the benefits of bare metal with faster provisioning and better network design and performance. This solution takes the dedicated performance, single tenancy, consistency and security of a bare metal server and introduces more quality-of-life improvements. In addition to the compute, networking and storage advantages of a native VPC presence, IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers for VPC unlocks larger core and memory profiles, client-managed virtualization and an average of 4x faster network performance, all without the need for a gateway to connect classic and VPC infrastructures

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