A “bare metal” dedicated server refers to the hardware side of hosting, typically a physical server with just a base operating system installed. All resources of a bare metal server (e.g. memory, cpu, disk) are available to a single customer. This product was known simply as a dedicated server, but with the rise of virtualization, “bare metal” is now used to differentiate it from the various cloud and virtual server products.
Bare metal servers offer unparalleled flexibility and can be deployed for nearly any purpose. One customer might install VMware and deploy a number of virtual machines, while another customer may install a single instance of Windows Server. Because the hardware is not shared, the customer has ultimate control over the use. Bare metal servers also offer full root access, which allows for numerous administration options and gives administrators great flexibility in installing software packages and tuning server configurations.
Perhaps the most attractive aspect of a bare metal server is that the full power of the server is available to the customer at all times. This means there are no slow downs due to the “noisy neighbor” effect, when there is competition for resources in a shared/virtualized environment. It’s also much easier to guage usage, pinpoint bottlenecks, and tune performance. Bare metal dedicated servers are also well suited to horizontal scaling, which involves adding additional machines to collectively spread out the workload. For example, a customer might start out with one machine to act as both web and database, and later add a second server to handle just the database workload.
Bare metal servers are regularly used for sophisticated web projects, online stores, and sites with consistent traffic. They also tend to offer the best price per unit of resources because the customer is not paying a premium for the on-demand resources of cloud hosting. To see how bare metal dedicated servers can be tailored to meet your specific needs, contact us for a free hosting evaluation today.