Bare Metal Cloud, it sounds like a new genre of rock music. It’s actually a rapidly emerging niche of the public cloud market for Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS). IaaS typically consists of virtual machines that run on top of hypervisors. Bare metal cloud provides access to single-tenant, non-virtualized server hardware. This eliminates the overhead of virtualization and Hypervisors by providing direct control over the machine’s CPU, RAM, and storage space. Bare metal cloud eliminates resource sharing between users. Because it is dedicated to individual users, bare metal cloud can reduce security issues usually linked with multi-tenant environments.
The customization features offered by bare metal cloud promise fast and automated server provisioning and decommissioning customized resource scaling and a predictable pay-per-use billing model. [ProTip – YMMV] Like other IaaS, bare metal cloud is amenable to Software-Defined-Everything style automation through the use of APIs.
Everything has a cost, and bare metal cloud is no exception. Provisioning bare metal cloud means the customer is responsible for installing operations systems and related utilities, as well as maintaining, fixing, patching and securing those resources as infinitum. Foregoing hypervisors means forfeiting hypervisor’s ability to manage disaster recovery backups for large datasets and the ease of commissioning virtual machines.
IDC estimates the public cloud market will approach $400 Billion in 2021, with a CAGR of 24.1%1. By contrast, Verified Market Research estimates the bare metal cloud market might reach $5.5 Billion in 2021, with a CAGR of 23.5%
Major market players included in this report are:
• Oracle Corporation
• Internap Corporation
• Packet Inc.
• IBM Corporation
• Scaleway Inc.
• Amazon Web Services Inc
• Rackspace Inc.
• CenturyLink, Inc.
• LightEdge Solutions, Inc
• Limestone Networks
Start-ups are also a factor in the bare metal cloud market including:
The major factors driving the growth of the bare metal cloud market are:
• increasing need for dedicated servers to reduce latency in operations
• rising number of IoT applications
• increasing investments in emerging technologies such as IoT, big data, machine learning, social media, and mobility
• use cases requiring short-term, data-intensive functions without any kind of latency or overhead delays, such as big data applications, media encoding or render farms.
The major barriers to market growth include:
• security issues while reclaiming servers
• difficulties running containers and virtual machines on the same bare metal server
• competition from lightweight hypervisors
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