Virtualization has allowed for massive growth in the “cloud atmosphere” and is undoubtedly a key tech development. However, you might want to look twice at what “bare metal clouds” have to offer. A few years ago, the idea of corporations utilizing thousands of servers during crunch time and then disposing of them sounded insane. However, that’s exactly what’s happening in some situations and it makes financial sense to enterprises since they’re only paying for such a setup during use. Still, there might be a better solution. For every piece of technology during its prime, there are certain situations where discarding it might be the best option—but many times companies get lazy and don’t research other, possibly better alternatives.
Take a look at web hosting. You need availability, performance, predictability and stability just for starters if you want to have a great web hosting company. A lot of people are using virtualization to create a web hosting experience, but the reality is that virtualization isn’t best suited for most web hosts. At the same time, you certainly shouldn’t have to opt out of cloud benefits, such as scalability, in order to reach an ideal web hosting landscape. Enter bare metal cloud, which can bridge the gap between virtualization and cloud in the web hosting realm.
A Twist on a Classic
What makes bare metal clouds different? They’re contemporary and much more flexible than the old school “server clusters” which they evolved from. Today’s clustering approaches offer scalability and deployment via a cluster of dedicated servers, kind of like virtual cloud environments. With this strategy, you’re not going to be deploying hundreds or thousands of “bare metal servers” all at once, but that’s okay. In most web hosting situations, that’s not necessary or desirable anyway. Again, virtualization was never created or intended for hosting.
Virtualization, when it comes down to it, isn’t really that cost-efficient. It requires a server, the installation of an OS, virtual machines (and their OS), applications, hypervisors and a few more bells and whistles to get up and running. If you pit that against a server without extra OSs and hypervisors, that clearly lowers the costs. Plus, without all those additional parts you often enjoy less obstacles and a better performance. This is how bare metal clouds work: Instead of requiring endless additions, it’s simply servers linked together via one (relatively) simple cluster application for management.
Sometimes the Host with the Least is Best
Most web hosts don’t need the elasticity required for real time billing and extremely fast scalability. They can take a little more time, but those are two benefits boasted by virtualization. What hosts do need is infrastructure that’s used efficiently and that has great performance, nearly flawless reliability and scalability that’s predictable in order to appease growth trends. Bare metal clouds offer all of this.
You’ll pay a price for using virtualization, which is fine if that’s what you need. However, in situations like web hosting where it’s not necessary, some people are paying a premium for no reason at all. Ask your web host about bare metal clouds and other solutions that are simply a better fit for your goals.