Understanding the difference between a Private Cloud and Bare Metal Servers can be confusing, however, the difference is simple. In a private cloud you install software called a Hypervisor from the likes of VMware which allows you to run multiple operating systems at once in a single server stack. With Bare Metal Servers, there is no hypervisor, rather just a single OS installed directly on the server.
Certain business applications need to guarantee they will always perform as expected, a bare metal server provides the dedicated server resources to ensure that is the case.
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For certain applications, the security of the data cannot be risked and the only way to truly guarantee the security is to ensure that no application, user, or potential security threat can access the server.
Bare Metal servers can be separated from all other applications not only logically like in a private cloud solution but also physically due to the fact the Bare Metal Server is a physically separate piece of infrastructure.
CloudCoCo’s Bare Metal servers are hosted with our partner THG Hosting due to their diligent approach to data centre design ensuring the highest level of availability with N+1 infrastructure throughout. THG hosting has a network of data centres across the globe, currently running from over 50 data centres in 30 separate countries.
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A computer server. To be more succinct it is a computer server that is not shared with anyone or anything else, it is a single tenant environment.
Depending on the design, bare metal servers are dedicated to the one application that is utilising them. Unlike a Private Cloud where applications share server hardware or a set of servers using a Hypervisor, a Bare Metal Server is not shared and is dedicated in order to operate exactly as expected every time.
For example, think of a block of flats, a tenant cannot control what their neighbours are doing, how much noise they make and how many resources they are using that is shared amongst all the flats. The bare metal server is like living in a completely detached house fully in control of all the resources available to them. This makes bare metal servers stable, durable, and reliable. They are also capable of processing large volumes of uninterrupted data, perfect for your critical applications.
An added benefit of a business using a bare metal server is the security aspect.
It is ultimately more secure to use a bare metal server than share a server with other tenants as a business is solely responsible for its own security rather than relying on other businesses to be as secure as one business.
Before the launch of the Hypervisor from providers like VMware, Bare metal servers were once the only servers within a companies own data centres, called an On-Premise data centre.
The 1960’s saw operating systems start the revolution of sharing compute resources with its ability to multi-task or run multiple programmes.
Data centres started popping up in the 1990’s, shared data centres from specialist companies began to become available. Slowly companies began to move their on premise data centres to these shared facilities.
This was the first stage of using shared infrastructure, or Cloud Computing this approach eventually became known as. The data centre operators quickly began to realise almost all the dedicated servers in their data centres were only being used a fraction of the time and the idea was born to partition a single server between multiple applications ensuring the server was being utilised to its full.
Server resources are made available for customers to installed their own operating systems and applications on. The provider is only responsible for maintaining the hardware themselves.
An example of this is Microsoft Azure.
An example of this is G Mail, Google's email service.
With the move to Cloud many thought Bare Metal servers were a thing of the past, but this is not the case. Although Cloud computing is the right route for most applications and data, that is not always the case.
Due to the nature of the data or application, it must be always secure and available. The only way a business can guarantee this is to own the entire services from the server all the way to the application.
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