IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers vs. IBM Power Virtual Server

Overview
ProductRatingMost Used ByProduct SummaryStarting Price
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers
Score 8.4 out of 10
N/A
IBM Cloud bare metal servers are cloud servers configurable in hourly/monthly options, on-demand, from any location—with a selection of standard features and services for small businesses and enterprise demands. Users can customize RAM and SSDs with 11M+ configurations from which to choose.
$0.51
per hour
IBM Power Virtual Server
Score 8.3 out of 10
N/A
IBM presents their Power Systems Virtual Server as a scalable, cost-effective way to run IBM AIX, IBM i and Linux workloads​.N/A
Pricing
IBM Cloud Bare Metal ServersIBM Power Virtual Server
Editions & Modules
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers
starting at $0.51
per hour
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers
starting at $241.00
per month
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Offerings
Pricing Offerings
IBM Cloud Bare Metal ServersIBM Power Virtual Server
Free Trial
YesNo
Free/Freemium Version
YesNo
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
YesYes
Entry-level Setup FeeOptionalOptional
Additional DetailsIBM Bare Metal Servers offer a choice between hourly or monthly pre-configured servers or can be customized with single to quad processing solutions. Bare metal servers are available worldwide and with no monthly contracts. Amonthly bare metal server built to spec can be ordered and made available in two to four hours—with 500 GB/month outbound bandwidth included. An hourly bare metal server can be ordered, and it is made ready for in 20 to 30 minutes. Public outbound bandwidth is charged per gigabyte.
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Community Pulse
IBM Cloud Bare Metal ServersIBM Power Virtual Server
Considered Both Products
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers

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IBM Power Virtual Server
Chose IBM Power Virtual Server
IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is also very similar to IBM Power Systems Virtual Server. However, IBM Power Systems Virtual Server is a lot more flexible and offers a lot more variety to chose from. IBM Cloud Virtual Servers is made for more permanent and longer workloads whereas …
Chose IBM Power Virtual Server
As explained before switching from bare metal servers to virtual servers is a world of a difference financially and with performance. I would never go back to a bare metal servers. For example, before with bare metal servers I would have to file a support ticket to upgrade the …
Chose IBM Power Virtual Server
[IBM Power Systems] Virtual Server is great for specific app needs when you need a disposable environment. The Bare Metal solution is ideal when you need direct access to the hardware or require maximum performance.
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Features
IBM Cloud Bare Metal ServersIBM Power Virtual Server
Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS)
Comparison of Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) features of Product A and Product B
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers
8.5
79 Ratings
4% above category average
IBM Power Virtual Server
8.4
188 Ratings
3% above category average
Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime9.077 Ratings8.7187 Ratings
Dynamic scaling8.861 Ratings8.3186 Ratings
Elastic load balancing8.851 Ratings8.3183 Ratings
Pre-configured templates8.357 Ratings7.8182 Ratings
Monitoring tools8.470 Ratings9.0185 Ratings
Pre-defined machine images8.761 Ratings8.5183 Ratings
Operating system support8.676 Ratings8.3185 Ratings
Security controls8.774 Ratings8.7184 Ratings
Automation7.57 Ratings7.8161 Ratings
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Medium-sized Companies
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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Score 9.1 out of 10
Enterprises
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Score 9.1 out of 10
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User Ratings
IBM Cloud Bare Metal ServersIBM Power Virtual Server
Likelihood to Recommend
8.6
(81 ratings)
8.5
(188 ratings)
Likelihood to Renew
-
(0 ratings)
9.6
(4 ratings)
Usability
-
(0 ratings)
2.0
(3 ratings)
Availability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Performance
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Support Rating
7.3
(9 ratings)
8.1
(2 ratings)
Implementation Rating
8.0
(23 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Configurability
-
(0 ratings)
9.0
(1 ratings)
Ease of integration
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Product Scalability
-
(0 ratings)
7.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor post-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
Vendor pre-sale
-
(0 ratings)
8.0
(1 ratings)
User Testimonials
IBM Cloud Bare Metal ServersIBM Power Virtual Server
Likelihood to Recommend
IBM
Well suited - 1) To Install required Products/Software in a middleware technology 2) Customize the file system and size of the storage 3) Install required monitoring tools like Tivoli, Splunk, etc. Less appropriate - 1) Maybe for SAAS products that do not require all of the installations.
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IBM
Due to its reliability, it is well-suited for mission-critical applications. It is also well suited for running multiple applications on a single server and fully utilizing the server's full capacity. However, it is not well suited for servers that require dedicated IO resources.
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Pros
IBM
  • Performance - the servers perform really well, even under stress. We have some long build processes running concurrently, and the server [can] serve other applications without any problems.
  • Secure - for the most part, the servers are very secure and IBM provides many tools to help [make] sure the servers stay that way.
  • Highly Available - while we have experienced various downtimes and outages with other IBM Cloud offerings, so far, we have not experienced any with [IBM Cloud] Bare Metal Servers.
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IBM
  • It is easy to segregate test environment with production environment
  • security and compliance
  • IBM server are scalable with - with increase in data it can dynamically allocate the resources with saves the company cost
  • it is very convenient to use with help of its hardware management console and integrated virtualization manager.
  • The best part it , it support our legacy system.
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Cons
IBM
  • [In my experience, the] Customer Service Agreement (CSA) has many gaps in terms of responsibility with Bare Metal Servers.
  • [I believe] IBM should be deploying servers and firmware updating all components before providing them to customers to prevent component failure.
  • [I feel] IBM needs lots of improvement with their legacy VPN to access IMPI management tools. The level of security of it is unparalleled when it works. Having access to KVM / IPMI is critical for any business, and when their VPN service is not working.
  • [From my experiences,] IBM deployed faulty hardware, or failed to update firmware per Lenovo notices, only to pass off blame.
  • [In my opinion,] IBM's General Counsel and Paralegal held our data/company hostage when components failed, [in my experience] to IBM "gross negligence" (in their words), only to release it if we were to limit damages to $1,000.
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IBM
  • Having a wider selection of software to work with would be welcome.
  • Training and education is daunting at first and could be simplified.
  • Much of the automation is wonderful after it is set up but getting started has a steep learning curve.
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Likelihood to Renew
IBM
Due to cloud computing taking over the market, I have moved to cloud computing. It is so much easier upgrading or downsizing a virtual server on the cloud vs bare metal. I find it way more convenient on cloud computing. The provisioning takes way too long for bare metal servers.
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IBM
At the moment we are 100% satisfied with the performance and our support team is well used to the process involved. So unless we have some major issues in adopting, we are sure to be with IBM itself.
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Usability
IBM
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IBM
Power Systems Virtual Server on IBM Cloud for IBMi's overall usability is good, but it can be difficult for new users, some learning is needed, but there are tonns of online documentation.
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Reliability and Availability
IBM
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IBM
Very easy to use.
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Performance
IBM
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IBM
Easy to use.
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Support Rating
IBM
Great responsiveness and detailed know-how from the team. Self Explanatory and good resources on the Web to resolve issues. Good communication on issues via email. Good response times on issues which arise and where we have received support from the IBM support team. We believe that IBM is a great Partner to base our IT applications and we believe that a critical infrastructure like a cloud backend will be well served if we continue to base it on IBM.
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IBM
As with most IBM products the ongoing support for IBM Power Virtual Server is solid and consistent. IBM provides a clear roadmap for receiving support of their products. Both voice and online response is offered. It is obvious that IBM has the internal systems and culture to maintain support functions. This starts from the initial support call to the problem analysis and continues through the problem resolution. Documentation and communication are consistent within this process.
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Implementation Rating
IBM
The implementation of this software took place as we planned. The performance time taken for full functionality was very reliable with positive results. The customer support team was the best team I have ever met in my career experience. They are always with timely responses when reached to offer any help.
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IBM
It is economic.
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Alternatives Considered
IBM
The Best part of this IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers is performance and a very highly usable part is Security stuff. everyone needs to secure their data and work with a smoothly running app. for this reason I select this server rather than another one. I will use it in feature [definitely].
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IBM
They both have their own ups and downs and it totally depends on the team which suits them best. IBM Power Virtual Server has Performance, Scalability, Reliability and Availability, Compatibility, and Good Vendor Support. The specific use case and workload requirements played a significant role. Some workloads may benefit from IBM Power Systems' architecture, while others may perform equally well on alternative platforms.
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Scalability
IBM
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IBM
It is efficient.
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Return on Investment
IBM
  • Future readiness--we have the ability to quickly respond and build custom demos for customers in a short timeframe.
  • Savings on hardware--we have the ability to spin up large workloads to demonstrate to customers the performance of our tools and IBM Cloud.
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IBM
  • We have had a return on investment of 30%.
  • There have also been 80% fewer application crashes due to a lack of resources that previously ran on the X86 platform.
  • Administration management has been simplified and staff can dedicate themselves to the development of applications, instead of providing support to users when the applications do not respond efficiently, this made staff 45% more productive.
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