IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Reviews

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Chandan Dwivedi profile photo
November 12, 2019

Bare Metal Servers Review

Score 10 out of 10
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Bare Metal Server helps me to do heavy computational tasks easily. It's very useful for an AI engineer like me who needs lots of CPU and GPU power to train and test AI models. I have purchased bare metal with two Nvidia V100 GPU and it works like a charm for my most implementations of Neural Networks and ML models. I also use it as a platform to deploy my docker containers. I love working on Bare Metal. However, I have faced an issue with it when one of my servers got corrupted and I lost all my data. Apart from it, everything about it is unmatched in today's market.
  • Handling heavy computational tasks.
  • Training and testing complicated and Heavy Duty Artificial Intelligence Models and algorithms.
  • Deploying Docker and other microservices.
  • Acting as always-on server and cloud PC for files and folders.
  • Stability and data protection.
  • More choices of OS for VM server.
  • Better cost management.
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers are very well suited for training and testing AI models and heavy computational models. The smoothness and set-up of the Bare Metal server are unmatched. However, it is not much suited for long-time data storage and backend application deployment. It is prone to disk corruption and can cause data loss.
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Score 9 out of 10
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We are currently looking at using bare-metal servers to use it to host ESXi and KVM. I am part of education services, we are looking at using this to handle situations where we need more servers and our internal servers that are in use kind of use it as an overflow or burst-in.
  • Choice of different server flavors.
  • Ease of set-up.
  • Global datacenters.
  • IPMI controls.
  • The duration of set-up time could be improved.
  • More control over VLAN or layer 2 control over private networks between my servers. Right now it's hard to manage or request and expensive.
  • Portal UI.
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers are well suited for bare metal complex environment provisioning or testings such as OpenStack, contrail, VMware ESXi, or KVM based environments. We need hypervisor level access so bare metal servers give us the most control.
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Score 10 out of 10
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Using Bare Metal Servers to build a unique system for people disabilities and training purposes. It addresses the problems of having to pay a lot of upfront costs and reduces the downtime trying to do maintenance and network maintenance as its all done by IBM cloud bare metal. I also feel that it resolves a lot of issues in developing systems as if something doesn't work then I reformat or re-mirror the system.
  • Quick set-up.
  • Security.
  • Awesome sales and support.
  • More Canadian datacenters.
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers are good all around for startups to the most advanced users and companies.
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jonathan gough profile photo
Score 7 out of 10
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We use this as a compute server and a build server for deployments and dev work. It is being used by several different groups at a single client for a lot of backend management and monthly/quarterly intensive compute jobs. It addresses the business issue that Cloud Foundry or virtual boxes do not have enough CPU power as well as a dedicated place for specific tasks.
  • Very good for compute
  • Reliable because it is always up and not shared
  • Easy to set up and get running
  • Very slow to provision
  • Understanding billing is tough and takes a month to really see what your usage is
  • Limited compute options.
  • Very good for batch processing.
  • Very good for CPU intensive jobs.
  • Good for reliable always up and not having to share resources.
  • On the down side, it is less appropriate for scenarios where you need on demand compute.
  • If budget is an issue, it is quite expensive.
  • Not great if you need resources quickly.
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Score 10 out of 10
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We position IBM Cloud Metal Servers for our clients seeking to spin off DevOps environments for critical but short term projects, and equally for building their Disaster recovery services for critical business applications. The business advantage is that our clients are able to go to market within very short spans of time, effectively making them very agile in transitioning concepts to real production environments.
  • IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers are great for testing Mobile Applications
  • Advisable for DRaas initiatives especially for virtualized workloads
  • You can equally host and migrate your legacy workloads on them as you contemplate how to re-engineer them.
  • API's for chargeback capabilities especially for cloud service providers would be a welcome addition.
Appropriate for organizations seeking IaaS to consolidate and have high performance/ compute requirements, database hosting etc.

Less appropriate for clients who have small workloads with few transactional requirements or IOPS.
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Waheed Malik profile photo
Score 8 out of 10
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We selected IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers based on prior experience with the IBM brand, recommendations, and cost for quality of service. We use it for app integration, message integration, and secure sharing of data across platforms. Having many of our software backups stored on the cloud is reducing our need for dedicated storage hardware as well. Also, we use the application suites such as enterprise resource planning, enterprise performance management, analytics, data; Oracle Cloud Platform for: data management, application development, business analytics.

The service has performed well as expected and the company has enjoyed greater efficiency and easier data management.

  • Resource management
  • On demand capacity
  • Monitoring and analytics
  • Economical price
  • Need advanced security procedures
  • The amount of time spent training
  • At times, response time has been slow but it could be at our end.
  • HPC is a good use case.
  • Dig data and meta data management.
  • BI Analytics
  • BC / DR and data backup.
  • Maybe in application development when there a regulatory requirements.
  • We've seen benefits from its increased scalability. It has increased business and economic efficiency.
  • The best benefits are the decreased costs and fast deployments. We've been able to acquire more customers by working with this platform.
  • More often than not, it performs as promised.

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Gerardo Fernandez Ruiz profile photo
February 15, 2019

A very specific solution

Score 9 out of 10
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We used it to create a high-availability cluster
  • Gives you the opportunity to use your own software licensing.
  • You can add features easily, growing as you need.
  • You forget about the physical management of the server.
  • The way to connect to the private network could be improved.
  • Portal availability could be improved as well.
  • A better way to manage notifications could be found.
When you need to use your own software agreements, or when you need to have an isolated load or a very specific configuration.
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Score 2 out of 10
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We are supplementing our on-prem servers, with subscription, cloud based infrastructure. It provides opex, variable costing to help with dynamic server utilization.
  • Easy to provision
  • Stable
  • Reasonable performance
  • Too expensive
  • Lack high-end compute
  • Very Intel centric. Need to expand POWER systems offerings.
  • Need PaaS offerings, i.e DB2, websphere, etc.
Well suited for lightweight, Intel-based compute, where on-prem solution is not available.
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Score 5 out of 10
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We use IBM Cloud IaaS along with services provided by other major IaaS -- primarily those from AWS and Google. Some customers are weary of using Amazon, Google, or Microsoft for their cloud hosting and want to look for those features being offered by a different company, and for those use cases, IBM Cloud IaaS is a great option.
  • Options for dedicated servers or VMs gives us a lot of flexibility from a provisioning standpoint
  • Support is very receptive to questions and eager to help
  • Platform is not as well-integrated with other major components (load balancers, database hosting, DNS) as the other major cloud providers
Overall, IBM Cloud IaaS still has a ways to go before it's a service we can normally recommend to others. In most cases, the decision to use IBM for cloud services may be based on other contracts with IBM or a customer familiarity with their offerings. For most use cases where relying on Amazon, Google, and Microsoft is not an issue, their respective IaaS offerings are more complete from a product perspective and generally lower cost.
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October 05, 2017

staging envs only...

Score 1 out of 10
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We use approximately 300 servers (physical and virtual) in about 6 datacenters. We run 5 core applications, 2 different (nosql) datastores and a few different finds of webservers. We have tried other services (loadbalancers, routers) but they have not been performant.
  • decent at spinning up hardware
  • the api works well for a narrow set of tasks
  • network is very unreliable
  • support process is broken - they did not make the transition from Softlayer well and lost the ability to support.
  • general lack of responsibility/ ownership - onerous post-mortems and lack of change
good for staging environments where you need physical servers - that is all. Would not use for production or anything critical. The private network is potentially useful for moving data between regions - but it is slow and not very reliable
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Score 7 out of 10
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Being used as our primary production for our Web Apps, Internal Facing Apps, and our database warehouse.
  • Quick Deployment
  • Wide global footprint
  • Many auxiliary services beyond servers
  • Downtime!
  • Limited availability in certain markets
  • Some outdated documentation
Development, USA presence, and single source provider solutions are great for IBM Bluemix. You will need to establish DR locations as the uptime is not up to standards.
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IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Scorecard Summary

Feature Scorecard Summary

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime (11)
7.5
Dynamic scaling (9)
7.5
Elastic load balancing (7)
7.1
Pre-configured templates (8)
7.0
Monitoring tools (11)
6.4
Pre-defined machine images (9)
7.5
Operating system support (11)
7.5
Security controls (11)
7.2

About IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers

IBM Cloud bare metal servers are cloud servers configurable in hourly and monthly options, on-demand, around the globe—with a complete selection of standard features and services for small businesses and enterprise demands. Customize RAM and SSDs to meet a variety of workload requirements with 11M+ configurations to choose from for total control up and down the stack.


Customization
Choose between hourly or monthly pre-configured servers or customize with single to quad processing solutions.

On demand
Provision servers in IBM Cloud data centers around the world in two to four hours. If you need to be online in minutes or only need limited resources, select an hourly bare metal server.

Powerful
Available options from single processor 4-core architectures to quad-processor 12-core architectures and up to 3TB RAM. Local storage ranges from 800 GB to 1.2 TB SSDs and up to 36 drivers per server.

SAP integration
Shift SAP environments from on-premise to the fully powered IBM Cloud. SAP HANA 4-socket and 8-socket bare metal servers are SAP certified for production S/4 HANA workloads.

GPU integration
Provision bare metal servers with cutting-edge NVIDIA Tesla GPUs to handle the most complex compute-intensive workloads for high performance acceleration of scientific computation, data analytics, AI, machine learning and professional-grade virtualized graphics.

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Features

Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) Features
Has featureService-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Has featureDynamic scaling
Has featureElastic load balancing
Has featurePre-configured templates
Has featureMonitoring tools
Has featurePre-defined machine images
Has featureOperating system support
Has featureSecurity controls
Additional Features
Has featurePopular server configurations
Has featureCustom-based servers
Has featureCustom POWER8-based servers
Has featureSAP-certified servers
Has featureNo OS options
Has featureNext-gen Intel processing

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Your tasks change, and you need the power and capacity to shift with them. With power, custom configuration and real-time deployment, IBM Cloud bare metal servers are built to perform. Get the enterprise-grade resources you need with a server that fits your business.

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IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Integrations

CentOS, Ubuntu Linux, Odin Virtuozzo, VMware ESXi, VMware vSphere on IBM Cloud, McAfee Total Protection, Microsoft SQL Server, MySQL, MongoDB, Veeam Backup & Replication, CloudLinux, Debian, FreeBSD, Microsoft, Red Hat, Vyatta Virtual Router Appliance, Citrix XenServer, Microsoft Hyper-V, APF Software Firewall, McAfee Anti-Virus, McAfee Host Intrustion Protection, Microsoft Windows Firewall, Basho Riak, IBM Cloud Analytics, Fantastico, RVSkin, Softaculous, Plesk - ONYX, R1 Soft Server Backup Manager Enterprise, NetApp ONTAP Select, OSNEXUS QuantaStor

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Competitors

Alibaba ECS Bare Metal Servers, Oracle Bare Metal Servers, Rackspace Bare Metal Servers

Pricing

Has featureFree Trial Available?Yes
Has featureFree or Freemium Version Available?Yes
Has featurePremium Consulting/Integration Services Available?Yes
Entry-level set up fee?Optional
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IBM Cloud Bare Metal Serversstarting at $0.51per hour
IBM Cloud Bare Metal Serversstarting at $324.00per month

IBM Bare Metal Servers provide performance, flexibility, on-demand provisioning, and control. Choose between hourly or monthly pre-configured servers or customize with single to quad processing solutions that range from 4 to 72 cores. Bare metal servers are available worldwide and with no monthly contracts so you can build the best solution for your workloads. Order a monthly bare metal server built to spec, and we’ll have it to you in two to four hours—with 500 GB/month outbound bandwidth included. Order an hourly bare metal server, and we’ll have it ready for you in 20 to 30 minutes. Public outbound bandwidth is charged per gigabyte.

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Support Options

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IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Technical Details

Deployment Types:On-premise, SaaS
Operating Systems: Windows, Linux
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