Fast and powerful servers that you can configure and build to your specs
November 30, 2021

Fast and powerful servers that you can configure and build to your specs

John Reeve | TrustRadius Reviewer
Score 9 out of 10
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Overall Satisfaction with IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers

We use Bare Metal servers for the database and search indexing layers of our software stack because it gives us dedicated memory and disks. We can fully control the configuration and fine-tune it as needed, which results in much faster response times for our web application. Our main reason for using Bare Metal is the speed and security it provides over a cloud-based distributed database.
  • Dedicated memory and disk.
  • Easy to deploy.
  • Configure the hardware according to your specs.
  • BIOS/Firmware upgrades can take longer than expected.
  • Rebooting could be faster.
  • Utilization on the SSD drives rarely goes above 5%.
  • Storage latency is nil because there is no network layer to traverse.
  • We've been able to provide a very fast web app because of these servers.
Our database reads and writes, along with search indexing, are the most compute-intensive workloads in our stack. However, having SSDs and a significant amount of memory has reduced these tasks and our application response times to record lows. In fact, we could throw even more at these servers as they are currently underutilized.
I was surprised by how fast these servers can be provisioned. It's definitely a benefit and a good reason to use them. Historically, we would expect a bare metal server to take a few days to be provisioned.
  • IBM Cloud Virtual Servers
  • IBM Cloud Object Storage
The Bare Metal servers provide just one layer of our stack. On our private subnet, we have a complement of virtual servers, file storage, block storage, object storage, load balancers, and so on. IBM Cloud provides us with all of the pieces we need to deploy a full software stack.

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If you need full control over a server's configuration and security, Bare Metal is the way to go. It not only gives you full control but also provides speed improvements over virtual servers. For example, if you don't want to rely on network-attached storage, which is your only option with a virtual server, the Bare Metal server will give you local SSD storage that has almost zero latency.

IBM Cloud Bare Metal Servers Feature Ratings

Service-level Agreement (SLA) uptime
Pre-configured templates
Monitoring tools
Pre-defined machine images
Operating system support
Security controls