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Gerardo Fernandez Ruiz | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 07, 2020

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.
People in support get to the problem really fast, they help 24/7 and they are always polite and helpfull. I'm taking one point though, because sometimes it takes longer to solve an issue if another problem comes to light.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 07, 2020

Great infrastructure for monthly dev

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  • Some outdated documentation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.
The support is decent and in an emergency they will help you if you make enough noise. However the creation of "class of customers" within the IBM ecosystem I think is a step backwards as it can put emergencies on the back burner simply because we didn't pay enough in monthly fees.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 10, 2020

Bare Metal Servers Review

Score 8 out of 10
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IBM Cloud Bare Metal Server is successfully used as a production server for Ultimus CPS Solutions for US Counties.
  • Fast.
  • Reliable.
  • They are slightly more expensive than other providers.
Depending on the scenario, a Bare Metal Server has advantages over a virtual machine - it has dedicated resources and therefore offers better and more reliable performance.
All our solutions run perfectly fine on IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers.
  • IBM Secure Gateway
IBM Secure Gateway helps us to protect our environment.
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Venkat Charan | TrustRadius Reviewer
January 13, 2020

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers for high performance computing

Score 9 out of 10
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We are a cloud gaming based company. So we use highly-configured bare-metal servers with GPUs across the organization. We were able to utilize the entire performance of the hardware since bare metal servers are single-tenant, unlike virtual cloud servers.
  • High performance backed by single-tenant sharing.
  • Cheaper than public virtual servers by around 60%.
  • Initial set-up times are high! It's rare, but they do take around 30 hours.
  • Not a good option to run temporary workloads while scaling up.
Bare Metal Servers are extraordinary while running calculated workloads. Let's say for example, that your business caters 1 million users a month and you need 8 servers to handle the load. When you have a clear cut requirement like this, a business can move from Virtual Cloud servers to Bare Metal servers and this will help them push out extra performance and even reduce the cloud costs by more than half. It is not well suited when you have to provision extra servers because of the temporary surge in traffic or resources.
We continuously stream a VM on the Bare Metal Servers for our users to game on. The servers are backed by the latest hardware such as the Nvidia V100s to render and stream the application data to the user. We have never experienced any system hang even when we running our weekly maintenance that takes a lot of computing power.
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Carlos Flores | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 05, 2019

Great servers for a web reseller

Score 10 out of 10
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We use these servers to host the websites and applications of many of our clients. These servers provide us with the uptime and speed required for usage in many eCommerce and local government websites, in case of failure due to hardware errors or network connectivity their support is top-notch.
  • Up-time.
  • Support.
  • Flexibility.
  • Weird SSL VPN Support.
They are well suited for high-performance websites and applications that require more resources than a traditional virtual machine can offer. You have to be aware that since these are real servers their boot times are in the real of five minutes or more because of the tests the machines do during POST.
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Chandan Dwivedi | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 12, 2019

Bare Metal Servers Review

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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.
It's fantastic to handle Big data processing and media streaming. It has helped me to reduce lots of time is processing huge amounts of data and generating analytical reports out of it. I have used media streaming on it once and did the job perfectly. I am impressed with the Bare Metal Server.
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Maruf Yunus | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 11, 2019

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Review

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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Kaitlyn Delacruz | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 08, 2019

Price to performance is unbeatable

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.
We are using it for Windows Server setups so our data-intensive applications can be worked on easier and via VPN connections.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 03, 2019

Internet veteran trying out something new from IBM

Score 6 out of 10
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We are trying it out to see how we like it. We are using it mainly to deploy docker containers on bare metal servers. We are currently at a host that seems to have off and on reliability, and we wanted to give someone else a try with our business.
  • More options for machines configurations.
  • More robust machines.
  • More services.
  • Better customization of bare metal servers.
  • The entire interface, it can be slow and confusing.
  • They could drop their prices more which would attract more startups.
  • Sometimes the pricing can be confusing; that could be a LOT clearer.
  • Navigation can be improved greatly.
It can be a little overwhelming to understand at times and get a bit confusing. The learning curve should not be so tricky. It at least makes more sense than AWS.
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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
November 22, 2019

Excellent Service

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IBM Bare Metal Servers allow us to deploy any corporate solution that our customers needs, from legacy to new projects. We mixed them with VM´s in the same cloud, this allows us to migrate customer´s solutions to the cloud and use them as an IaaS entry point which can then be complemented with IBM PaaS solutions that the project will need in the short future.
  • BM Servers can be mixed with VM in the same VLAN.
  • It is a pure private cloud.
  • IBM Bare Metal Servers include enough bandwidth for corporate solutions.
  • Set-up time could be improved.
  • Better notifications on hardware issues like raid troubles.
  • Better cost.
IBM Bare Metal Servers are well suited if a customer needs a purely private solution, or if you need to manage your own Hypervisor. If the number of VM´s required is too high, you can manage better costs using BM to virtualize you own solution.
Intensive applications run very well, and you can deploy higher machines according to the load you monitor.
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jonathan gough | TrustRadius Reviewer
July 02, 2019

IBM Bare Metal Servers work, but they make you work too... but that is just the way it is.

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.
We primarily use these for high intensity compute jobs. We have optimized our workloads to run in parallel on bare metal servers in IBM Cloud. We got roughly a 80% speed increase when using bare metal in comparison to using shared services. Our jobs use all cores at roughly 100% for 8-20 hours at a time. We saw and had to deal with a lot of failures when dealing with shared resources.
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Kanja Mugo | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 14, 2019

Leveraging IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers

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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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
February 13, 2019

IBM Cloud Bare Metal has some maturing to do

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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Waheed Malik | TrustRadius Reviewer
December 09, 2018

No more space required for additional hardware

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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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Joshua Dickson | TrustRadius Reviewer
April 16, 2018

IBM Cloud IaaS Review!

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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Anonymous | TrustRadius Reviewer
October 05, 2017

staging envs only...

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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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Feature Scorecard Summary

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime (16)
Dynamic scaling (11)
Elastic load balancing (7)
Pre-configured templates (11)
Monitoring tools (15)
Pre-defined machine images (12)
Operating system support (16)
Security controls (16)

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.

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.

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, FreeBSD, NetApp ONTAP Select, CloudLinux, Debian, 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, OSNEXUS QuantaStor

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Competitors

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


  • 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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