Bare Metal and Virtual Servers: Combining Benefits for Competitive Advantage
By: IBM Cloud Team, IBM Cloud
More and more companies are turning to a combined solution of bare metal and virtual servers to handle their workload demands.
Bare metal and virtual servers are often seen as different solutions to the same need for robust and reliable enterprise grade infrastructure. Customers will review a list of pros, cons, and ‘best uses,’ and then pick the solution best fit for their needs. But what if the better choice—and competitive advantage—comes from having these server options working together.
A simple breakdown shows 53% of IBM Cloud customers use bare metal servers and 47% use virtual servers, but a deeper dive shows an increasing number of cloud customers using a combined solution to advance their business needs.
Bare metal and virtual servers
To understand the benefits of a combined infrastructure, it’s important to first understand what each server solution offers. As a dedicated, single-tenant hardware option, bare metal servers are the top choice for security, privacy, and global computing power. Companies with a need for minimal latency delays and high reliability often turn to a bare metal server solution, with a custom or prepackaged configuration, for high-performance, data-intensive applications.
A virtual server is several layers of software, including the hypervisor and virtual server operating system, running on a bare metal server. Virtual servers are transient, public, dedicated, highly customizable, and meet a range of robust system demands with privacy, simplicity, scalability and cost-saving flexibility. These servers are part of the foundation for the public cloud computing Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) stack.