Bare-Metal Clouds for High Performance Requirements

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Over at CloudTweaks, Gopala Tumuluri from Internap writes that the “bare-metal cloud” has emerged as a way to complement virtualized services with a dedicated server environment that eliminates virtualization overhead without sacrificing the flexibility, scalability and efficiency benefits of the cloud.

It’s important not to confuse true bare-metal cloud capabilities with other, related terminology, such as “dedicated instances,” which can still be part of a multi-tenant environment; and “bare-metal servers,” or “dedicated servers,” which could refer to a managed hosting service that involves fixed architectures and longer-term contracts. A bare-metal cloud model enables on-demand usage and metered hourly billing with physical hardware that was previously only sold on a fully dedicated basis.

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