A bare metal server is a form of cloud service in which the user rents a physical machine from a provider. This machine is dedicated to the user and not shared with any other tenants.
When you rent a bare metal server, we allocate the entire physical machine exclusively for you, set up networking configuration (you can configure simple public access or make your own private network landscape with other cloud services), and install the operating system (you can choose existing OS images or use your own ISO file).
You have 100% access to the computing and networking power of the machine because the server environment is fully isolated.
There are several options to manage a bare metal server:
We offer three types of in-stock configurations:
If you want a custom configuration, contact our Sales team. They will help you find the best solution for your needs.
You set up your bare metal with the OS of your choice. By default, we offer various ones: Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, and Windows. You can use a pre-set OS image or upload your own.
Our bare metals are deployed with LACP-aggregated network ports by default. This improves server availability and traffic throughput. Moreover, you can assign both public and private interfaces to your machine. It lets you connect your bare metals and virtual machines into single private networks.
Bare metal servers have the following benefits:
Considering the benefits of bare metal servers, they can be the best solution for the following tasks:
Bare metals are billed per minute. The price depends on the configuration and location.
We offer two billing options:
If you're committed to paying 12+ months upfront or buying multiple bare metal servers at once, we can offer you a discount. Contact our Sales team for details.
Please note: a bare metal server is billed even while it's stopped because all resources are still reserved for you. If you want to stop charges, delete your server.
If you want to test the service, you can activate the Trial Period. It will expire in 14 days, and you'll be switched to the basic PAYG plan.
When evaluating bare metal servers, users still gravitate toward the comparison to virtual servers. For most companies, the criteria for choice are application-specific or workload-specific. It's common for a company to use a mix of bare metal servers along with virtualized resources across their cloud environment.
Virtual servers are the more common model of cloud computing because they offer greater resource density, faster provisioning times, and the ability to scale up and down quickly as needs dictate.
But bare metal servers are the right fit for a few primary use cases that take advantage of the combination of attributes. These attributes are dedicated resources, greater processing power, and more consistent disk and network I/O performance.
|Bare metals||Dedicated servers|
|Management||Gcore control panel, API, Terraform||DCImanager, IPMI, SSH|
|Server administration||Automated for a user||Done per user|
|Billing||Per minute||Fixed amount monthly/daily|
|Scalability||On-demand within 10–15 minutes for basic configurations||Limited|
|Interaction with other Cloud services||Yes||No|
|Interaction with other Gcore services||Yes||No|
|Usability||Complex infrastructure, intensive workloads, possible traffic spikes, networks between virtual and bare metal servers, interaction with other Cloud services (load balancers, Kubernetes), internal virtualization and containers||Small- and medium-sized projects, simple web applications, predictable workloads, low budget|
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