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Choosing the Right Bare Metal Cloud Provider: Factors to Consider

Choosing the Right Bare Metal Cloud Provider: Factors to Consider


Are you familiar with the term bare metal cloud? The service is part of the latest phase of using the cloud to make our lives and businesses better. The more companies rely on heavier graphics, simulations, and analytics, the more they are turning to a server that can handle the workload. As exciting as it is to move everything to an upgraded platform, there are things about the move that you should consider. The most important being a service provider. Here, we’re going to highlight things to look for when choosing a provider.

Performance and Scalability 

Performance is, perhaps, the most highly anticipated feature clients look for when shopping for a bare metal cloud provider. When you speak with various providers, make sure to interact with someone who can give you details. Ask about the server’s processor, storage, memory, and networking capabilities. Take the info and compare it with other providers in addition to the specifications. This will offer you insight into what will work best for your company’s needs.

Along with performing at a high capacity, your company will likely want to be able to scale when the time is right. The best provider will be able to grow with you. Be sure to let them know you’re thinking ahead and try to get an idea of what it would look like to expand with them. You’ll want access to more servers quickly when the business calls for it.

Customization 

Customizing the infrastructure is one of the main reasons to go with bare metal cloud. A provider who understands that will enable users to be hands-on with the choice of processor, memory size, types of storage, and networking. When discussing with the provider, they should be open to your changes and be willing to support, when needed.

Data Centers 

Since you’re remote, the location of the data centers may not seem to mean much. However, it can make a difference when it comes to performance and even latency. A provider with foresight has locations that are meant to get the best speed during data transfer. Users see quick speed as a factor toward reliability. Therefore, it can really reflect on a company when the data center is falling behind other providers.

Uptime 

To be competitive, providers should have a Service Level Agreement, aka SLA, that guarantees a high uptime. The reason is downtime can have a potentially devastating impact on the trust from customers. When it begins happening more often, it can cause a majority to find another cloud service. A provider should have the infrastructure to keep downtime from being a problem.

Security Measures 

Security must be a top priority to any cloud service provider. Don’t be shy to ask plenty of questions when it comes to measures being taken to keep a server safe. What you want to hear are things like firewalls are in place, there is encryption, intrusion detection systems will be used, and even at the data center is secure. The greater the effort, the more protected you are.

Compliance 

Depending on what industry you are in, there is going to be a unique set of rules for how data should be dealt with. Bare metal cloud providers are already compliant with regulated industry standards. Before signing on, check with the framework provided by the industry and verify the provider’s infrastructure for a match of needs.

Support  

There’s nothing worse than having a major problem with your remote server and not being able to do anything about it. Putting data in the hands of a provider must come with reassurance that customer service will be the kind of support that is reliable. Check out a provider’s support options, response time, where support is available, and even the hours when a support person can be reached. Also, don’t forget to do a dive through user reviews to get some perspective from other companies who have been through it with that provider.

Pricing 

Cost is almost always a determining factor, regardless of how flush with cash a company is. Before moving forward, you’ll want to understand how the service is priced and what billing will look like. For example, are the terms fixed or is it a month-to-month service? Are there any fees that could hit the account, such as peak data transfer? Knowing what to expect will help keep things on budget.

Managed Services 

Were you hoping to unload some tasks onto the cloud service? Check with the provider about which additional services are available for your account.

 

Related Resources:

What Is Bare Metal As A Service?

Bare Metal vs VM – What You Should Consider

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