Sometimes, for either performance or security reasons, customers don’t want to use a public or a private cloud with virtualized infrastructure. Service providers are increasingly responding to this, and one analyst says there is increasing demand for bare metal clouds.

Internap, the cloud, managed hosting and co-location service provider, is the latest to jump into the arena with its Agile Hosting offering announced last week. In a bare metal cloud offering, customers get automated provisioning of dedicated managed hosting environments, meaning they are not taxed by a hypervisor virtualization platform that can cause performance lag. Read more.