Think twice before using bare-metal clouds


A bare-metal cloud allows you to rent hardware resources from a public cloud service provider, or sometimes a managed service provider. With a bare-metal cloud, you get direct access to the hardware platform without having to go through tenant management systems. Therefore, one of the benefits of bare-metal cloud, as it is sold to the public, is the ability to better support high-transaction workloads that do not tolerate latency. 

I’ve found that bare-metal is often used by tier 2 cloud providers, and managed services providers, as a selling point of their “cloud.” Indeed, enterprises that are still attempting to maintain control over their hardware and software often pick bare-metal to maintain that control, typically while not considering costs and workloads requirements. 

If you are thinking of leveraging a bare-metal cloud, keep these points in mind. 

First, make sure to compare costs to actual bare-metal, meaning hardware and software you can buy and install in a datacenter, or under your desk. In doing many of these cost models for clients, I’ve found that it is usually much cheaper to continue to buy your own hardware and software, including operations and maintenance.