There are two big factors that make bare-metal cloud very cost-effective.

One is the fact that you typically would be able to get the full server for yourself, and especially if you’re doing a monthly type of commit or annual commit on top of that, you could get anywhere from a 30-50% price advantage over a similarly scoped and sized virtual cloud set of resources.

There is a second big factor that comes into play when you’re talking about the economics of bare-metal cloud versus typical virtual cloud, and that has to be performance. Because bare-metal servers typically perform anywhere from 3 to 5 times better than similarly sized and scoped virtual instances, you essentially have to count that as an economic benefit because you don’t have to purchase more virtual compute resources to achieve the same thing.

So when you put together the two pieces of the puzzle – the fact that there are 3 to 5 times more performance benefits on one side, and the fact that the servers themselves on a comparable resource basis are 30-50% cheaper – when you put together those two factors, you see that your bare-metal cloud works out to be about 5 to 8 times better on a price performance basis. So certainly it’s much more economical.

One of the so-called “historic advantages” of a virtual cloud offering is the fact that you can get hourly pricing. If hourly pricing is important to you, and your workloads are that time-sensitive and time-dependent, then you want to look for cloud providers that offer bare metal on a cloud basis with hourly pricing in addition to the monthly and annual pricing that has been traditionally available in the industry.

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