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What is Bare Metal?

by Logan Rivenes on January 10, 2017
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What is Bare Metal?

Enterprise infrastructure is going through changes.

The debate about whether a move to the cloud is good for your business can pose troubling questions.

If you are on a Bare Metal setup, this might continue to be ideal for your business. Here, we are going to look at what is Bare Metal.

What is Bare Metal?

Bare Metal is hardware without an operating system. It also goes by “Bare Machine”. It is most often referred to in networking as having an on-premise solution. It is an enterprise network, not on a public cloud provider such as Amazon Web Services (AWS).


With Bare Metal, you have a dedicated server to your enterprise. It is having your own server infrastructure dedicated to your business. With the modern concept of network functions virtualization (NFV), you have more design freedom.

For larger enterprises, Bare Metal may continue to be a better option than cloud. Though, there is the hybrid cloud solution, which AWS and VMware are partnering to provide.

Bare Metal vs. Cloud Computing

Cloud computing is growing. Although there is growth, there continues to be opposition.

The biggest competitor to public cloud companies, such as AWS, is not other cloud companies. The biggest competitor is Bare Metal servers. That is companies having servers dedicated to their infrastructure.

There are many benefits to cloud computing. Cost reduction, scalability, and a nice interface to make remote changes. It is infrastructure as code.

The benefits of Bare Metal are primarily in the form of security. It becomes prohibitive to switch, because of the already large investment made in infrastructure. Also, there is a significant cost to switch from Bare Metal to Cloud.

The primary difference between the two is that Bare Metal is one tenant on one machine. Public cloud is multiple tenants on one machine.

There are benefits to both setups. Becoming increasingly popular is the hybrid cloud solution.

The Hybrid Cloud Solution

The hybrid cloud solution is a bridge between using bare metal servers and a cloud provider.

The hybrid solution combines the best of both options. We will most likely see more of the combination. Public cloud providers are also taking note of the desire to combine solutions. We see this with the recent partnership between AWS and VMware.


VMware provides the software for Bare Metal servers. With the partnership, they are now running VMware on AWS. This can provide seamless communication in a hybrid cloud setup.

The drawback with this solution, as well as any internet connected solution, is network performance. Network latency when using Cloud, Bare Metal, or a hybrid solution can impact performance.

Bare Metal and Your Network Connection

As more information travels over the internet, network optimization becomes a concern. With a Bare Metal setup, an enterprise will have many internet service providers (ISPs) to choose from. These ISPs will provide access to the public internet, with varying network performance.

Using border gateway protocol (BGP) to choose the fastest internet route can improve performance. This is exactly the service Datapath.io provides. Choosing the lowest network latency path and providing upwards of 60% network performance improvements.

Bare Metal is an option for your enterprise setup, whether currently using, or considering public cloud. The business case will depend on the situation. Network optimization can be achieved with both.


To learn more about network optimization, you can download the AWS Network Optimization Whitepaper.

Download the AWS  Network Optimization Whitepaper

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