IBM SoftLayer has announced the immediate availability of new bare metal servers that are deployed in under 30 minutes and billed by the hour. These bare metal server offerings would provide the raw performance of physical servers with shorter commitments, making it easier to deploy computing-intensive workloads on SoftLayer at will.
The new hourly-rate bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer‘s private global network. This network allows for seamless integration between data centers without additional networking fees, and unlimited inter-data center bandwidth.
The new hourly bare metal configurations are available immediately at SoftLayer‘s global data centers in Dallas, San Jose, Washington D.C., London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Hong Kong.
Workloads in the cloud
Customers may choose from four base configurations with CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu operating system installed. The base configuration is deployed within 30 minutes, after which the bare metal server may be further customized with additional OS or application installations. Additional base configurations for hourly bare metal servers will become available in the coming months.
“We have always focused on providing customers the right balance of performance, commitment, and cost,” said Marc Jones, CTO for SoftLayer. “As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the cloud, there is increased demand for performance with even shorter demand cycles. Our new hourly bare metal servers are designed to hit the sweet spot of how much power they need, how long they need it, at price points that make sense.”
SoftLayer’s new bare metal server offerings can be deployed stand alone or completely integrated with other SoftLayer bare metal, virtual, storage, and networking services, all in one seamless global platform.
With 100,000 devices under management, data centers in the United States, Asia, and Europe and a global footprint of network points of presence, SoftLayer provides Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) hosting solutions to customers ranging from Web startups to global enterprises.