phoenixNAP Announces Major Update to Its Bare Metal Cloud Platform

Global Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) provider phoenixNAP, a company delivering security-focused cloud infrastructure, dedicated servers, colocation, and more, has announced a major update to its Bare Metal Cloud (BMC) platform. The update would allow for simplified deployment of highly available (HA) multi-node Kubernetes clusters.

Taking its integration with SUSE Rancher to a new level, phoenixNAP’s Bare Metal Cloud now makes it possible to build highly available management clusters appropriate for enterprise production settings.

phoenixNAP’s Bare Metal Cloud instances with SUSE Rancher integration, which was first introduced in July 2021, is aimed to reduce hours of development work that would otherwise be required to construct a container services platform from scratch using a unique set of tools. Instead, Bare Metal Cloud uses SUSE Rancher’s acclaimed open-source technology to build highly available upstream clusters in only a few clicks.

Developers may quickly install pre-configured servers on different worldwide locations and update node settings using phoenixNAP’s self-service interface, API, or CLI. The instances, which are managed and scaled via kubectl, are simple to manage and scale while assuring consistent performance of containerized apps and services. Organizations benefit from the lack of hypervisor overhead combined with the flexibility of cloud-like deployment for both test and production workloads.

“Our customers can now have confidence that their critical container management infrastructure is resilient against failure and optimized to meet more stringent corporate governance requirements,” said Ian McClarty, President of phoenixNAP. “We integrated Bare Metal Cloud with the most popular, cloud-agnostic orchestration management tool and provided a unique solution for Kubernetes deployments. In addition to simplifying the process of setting them up, Bare Metal Cloud also helps optimize containerized workloads by providing them with direct access to CPU and RAM resources. As a dedicated platform, Bare Metal Cloud eliminates virtualization overhead and ensures advanced performance even for high-traffic servers, databases, analytics, HPC, machine learning, and other data-heavy workloads.”

Container Technology

Bare Metal Cloud allows for automatic provisioning of real machines thanks to its API-driven dedicated server architecture. Using the API, CLI, and their favorite Infrastructure as Code tools, developers can quickly provide or decommission a dedicated server. This simplifies infrastructure management responsibilities and improves CI/CD pipelines for faster code delivery.

“Our team is constantly working to expand BMC capabilities based on our customers’ needs and market demands,” said Martin Wielomski, Director of Products at phoenixNAP. “This new phase of our SUSE Rancher integration provides a critical capability for teams that are already leveraging containers and are looking to optimize their performance, as well as those interested in using them but without complex and costly infrastructure upgrades. They can now deploy their servers in an automated fashion to save time on platform management and improve focus on application development and delivery.”

phoenixNAP’s Bare Metal Cloud will now be able to handle a wider range of DevOps needs and workloads with the addition of additional Kubernetes deployment capabilities. DevOps teams can meet current demands of enterprises aiming to grow quickly while maintaining consistent performance thanks to its sophisticated settings, worldwide availability, and flexible pricing methods.

Bare Metal Cloud Features

The Bare Metal Cloud platform also comes with 15TB of free bandwidth that may be shared across all instances on a single server (5TB in Singapore). This capability would offer secured, scalable, and consistent performance at competitive rates when combined with 50Gbps network capacity and 20Gbps of free DDoS protection.

This phase of development of phoenixNAP’s Bare Metal Cloud solution offering is aimed at extending beyond single node installations, which are typically utilized for development and sandbox settings. Enterprise and production workloads benefit from the ability to construct multi-node HA clusters. PhoenixNAP extends the maturity of BMC’s out-of-the-box solutions by providing high-availability upstream cluster builds that ensure sufficient management plane resilience.

Top sum up, key features of phoenixNAP’s Bare Metal Cloud platform include:

  • 100% dedicated physical CPU and RAM resources
  • No hypervisors, no resource sharing
  • 20+ server instance types optimized to general-purpose, compute optimized, and memory workloads
  • Up to 50 Gbps network capacity for selected BMC instances with DDoS protection included
  • Private networking options
  • Flexible bandwidth packages
  • Easy-to-use API and CLI tools
  • Automated server provisioning with Infrastructure as Code tools (Terraform, Ansible, Pulumi, Chef, and Puppet)
  • Pay-per-use billing, monthly and yearly reservation options