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Research and Markets: Bare Metal Cloud: A Non-Virtualized Cloud Option for Performance-Sensitive Workloads

Research and Markets (http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/gvhs5k/bare_metal_cloud) has announced the addition of the "Bare Metal Cloud: A Non-Virtualized Cloud Option for Performance-Sensitive Workloads" report to their offering.

Does a cloud configuration require virtualization? It turns out, the answer is "no" In fact, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), whose cloud definition is widely accepted in the industry, omits virtualization as a criteria for cloud.

NIST's "essential characteristics" include on-demand self-service, broad network access, resource pooling, rapid elasticity, and measured service - but not virtualization.

This may surprise many in the IT community who have always assumed that a virtualized server infrastructure was necessary to provide the flexibility and scalability associated with cloud.

However, the emergence of "bare metal" clouds - that is, clouds that do not utilize virtualization - is forcing a re-examination of what it takes to offer a cloud service. The bare metal options provide the flexibility and scalability associated with virtualized offers, while promising higher levels of performance and consistency.

Currently, two cloud leaders - SoftLayer (an IBM company) and Internap - have developed a bare metal option as part of their cloud portfolios. Both tout their bare metal services as a way to differentiate themselves from the crowded cloud service market. Both have also had success in attracting cloud-skeptical businesses and performance-sensitive workloads that previously may not have been considered ideal for cloud deployment.

In this SPIE, Stratecast examines the concept of the bare metal cloud from the provider and the customer perspective. We compare benefits and challenges of bare metal cloud configurations with the more common virtualized cloud configurations. Finally, we look at the bare metal cloud offers from Internap and SoftLayer, an IBM company.

Key Topics Covered:

SPIE 2014 #2 - January 17/2014

Introduction

Virtualization - The Value and the Cost

Bare Metal Cloud

Challenges to Providing a Bare Metal Cloud Option

Bare Metal Cloud Services

Stratecast - The Last Word

About Stratecast

About Frost & Sullivan

For more information visit http://www.researchandmarkets.com/research/gvhs5k/bare_metal_cloud

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