Jun 12, 2013

Cloud trends: Bare-metal cloud maximizes security and performance

Ansley Kilgore

Bare-metal cloud maximizes securityAs cloud solutions have evolved from physical servers and virtualized environments to SaaS (Software as a Service), PaaS (Platform as a Service) and even IaaS (Infrastructure as a Service), companies today must navigate through a sea of different cloud options. While cloud computing provides organizations with increased flexibility and cost-effective IT Infrastructure solutions, some workloads and applications demand higher performance than the virtualization layer allows. This has led to the next step in cloud evolution: bare metal cloud, which removes the hypervisor and the performance impact created by virtualization.

In a recent edition of Tech Talk with Craig Peterson, Internap’s Director of Cloud Services, Adam Weissmuller, discussed the benefits of bare metal cloud and how it can maximize server efficiency and improve performance.

Bare metal cloud gives physical servers the same flexibility and benefits as highly virtualized cloud environments. From another perspective, bare metal cloud is giving automation and self-service some cloud capabilities, such as massive scaling, hourly billing and the ability to pay only for what you use.

Security – With no shared tenancy, you are able to use the entire server at the bare metal itself. There is minimal risk that someone else will get access to your server resources or your data since the bare metal servers are dedicated to a single customer. For many customers, multi-tenancy presents risks and in some cases is not compliant with industry or security regulations.

Performance – Bare metal servers will perform better simply because there are fewer things going on between the application and the hardware beneath it. Also, the single tenant environment allows for better performance because no one else is using it, as opposed to multi-tenant environments where others may be using some or all of the resources and slowing down your processes.

100 percent uptimeManaged Internet Route OptimizerTM (MIRO) allows Internap to optimize the network connections across multiple different providers. Meaning that, if there’s an issue somewhere out on the Internet, we can reroute and pick a better route for traffic based on where it’s starting from, and where it’s going. That allows us to provide 100 percent up time and the lowest latency connection at any given point for all of our customers’ traffic.

Whether you’re looking for a cloud environment or a bare metal server, choose the right platform based on your workload needs and application use case. With different types of cloud to choose from, it’s important to understand which one aligns best with your business goals.

Listen to the full Tech Talk with Craig Peterson interview to learn more about the benefits of bare metal cloud.

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