What is Bare Metal Hosting often heard now? Bare Metal Hosting is also a Type of Cloud Hosting but the Level of control is one level up than usual IaaS.We talked about Bare Metal (without explaining the details) after acquisition of Soft Layer by IBM. In order to understand the phrase Bare Metal Hosting, the reader need to learn or know few things very clearly. If you are in a hurry and have no time to read the rest, in short – Bare Metal Hosting will never be required by most of the Websites, what is quite closer to our statement “Dedicated Hosting is Not Required by All”.
What is this Bare Metal Hosting?
Few things are important to understand to understand the philosophy of Bare Metal Hosting :
- Types of Virtualization and Cloud Computing
- Easy version of the above article – Types of Hypervisor
- Understand – Engine of Your Cloud is The Hypervisor
- Details on Cloud Computing
- Cloud Computing Service Model
The fifth article practically says about a thing which is too much talked about – Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS). This Infrastructure as a Service is practically Cloud Server for higher grade service providers – Rackspace, Amazon, Dell, HP, Fuzitsu etc. Cloud Services. We are provided with the option – what Server Operating System, How Much RAM etc. will be used for building the server. Here is no pushed Web hosting Control Panel junk – that practically, from an user’s point from very basic level differentiates between the level of control.
Practically if you combine all the features of Cloud Server (or rather IaaS) and Dedicated Server; the result will be what Bare Metal Hosting has to offer. Type 1 hypervisors is actually known as native or bare metal and this used to run directly on the host’s hardware to control the hardware and to manage guest operating systems. That is only practically possible in a self owned full Datacenter, like for example we have. A Datacenter, might not be intended for Website Hosting – keep this point in mind. But practically we are talking about things which are at least intended to be controlled remotely; over the Internet, usually for Web Hosting things. Theoretically, Bare Metal is the Physical Server (just to make the terms easier to understand, not really it is; a Datacenter’s one server is only true Physical). That simply means, you can even control the type of Software needed for Virtualization or may be opt out of Virtualization.
Unfortunately, various new services has been growing now; at this point, you need to know the current ongoing status of Software Defined Data Center. Unfortunately, like the emergence of Fake Guru or Fake Baba (probably you have heard or read them), many are pushing a kind of package under the name Bare Metal Hosting or Bare Metal Cloud – in which practically only “static” remains the Hard Disk. The term bare metal, as a service actually refers to a hard disk as a corollary, the usual medium on which a computer’s OS is installed.
Again, the term virtualization refers to the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as a server or a network resource. A virtual machine is a multi-user shared-resource OS that gives each user the impression of having sole control of all computer or network resources.
It is quite easy to get confused with co-location hosting. So, if we had any service to provide; our definition of Bare Metal might be different than that of yours. Think in this way – no where written, how many Virtual Servers are ideal to run on a Physical server as Virtual Private Server. We are assuming the meaning of Bare Metal in truly right meaning. It will be obvious to you then, managed virtualization has some difference with Bare Metal and managed virtualization is not a newer thing.
What are the Advantages of this Bare Metal Hosting?
Bare Metal will deliver better performance. For workloads such as databases and calculation intensive applications, bare metal practically will perform dedicated processing with a physical server. Since the entire server is dedicated, risks of compromise in a multi-tenant environment are minimized.