The rise of cloud computing has brought all sorts of opportunities along with it. There is also a lot more variety in terms of the packages you pick and the infrastructures you embrace when migrating to the cloud.

The good news is that you do not have to completely give up the more traditional approach to hosting apps and services by adopting a cloud-powered solution. There are bare-metal packages that give you the best of both worlds, so here are just a few of the reasons that make this approach appealing.

Get exclusive access to physical hardware

Perhaps the main reason to choose bare-metal cloud services, like those offered by Maxihost, is that you will be allocated a specific set of physical hardware, rather than relying on software-defined virtualization.

This lets you know exactly what capabilities and resources your server can offer, as well as the precise components that are being used. As such you can be certain that it will perform as expected and meet your usage requirements, rather than being kept in the dark about what type of setup is being used.

Likewise this means that you alone will have access to the hardware, rather than having to share it with any other client of the provider. This can give you peace of mind from a security perspective, as well as meaning that you do not need to worry about potential performance bottlenecks arising because of usage patterns that are out of your control.

Enjoy the perks of instant scalability

If you are hosting server hardware in-house, you would be limited by the capacity of your physical infrastructure. Peaks and troughs in usage would either leave you limited by the capacity of the hardware, or paying for kit that is essentially sitting dormant.

A bare-metal cloud infrastructure, on the other hand, can scale to fit what you want from it at any given time. If you want to deploy additional servers to cope with short term spikes in usage, you can do so without having to wait around or pay through the nose.

Avoid costs

Speaking of the expenses of hosting hardware on-site, there are all sorts of costs that come with procuring and maintaining servers yourself which can be sidestepped thanks to the power of bare-metal cloud solutions.

Providers will be able to alleviate the upfront financial impact of setting up and running servers in the long term, while still giving you the aforementioned levels of control over and access to the gear itself.

This is doubly advantageous when the time to upgrade the hardware arrives, because obviously it is in the interest of cloud firms to keep their server products as competitive as possible.

Remove the middleman

In the case of relying on virtualization to host a server remotely, the performance hit caused by the presence of a hypervisor is sometimes not acceptable to organizations in certain industries.

Bare-metal cloud platforms eliminate this from the equation, giving you blazing fast, unrestricted performance that is as well optimized as possible.

Improve security

We have already touched on the security benefits of bare-metal cloud servers, but it bears repeating. When sharing hardware with other users through virtualization, there is always the risk of all-too-common breaches that impact other customers having a domino effect and spreading to disrupt your own workloads and data.

Conversely if you are sole proprietor of a bare-metal setup supplied by a reputable provider, such concerns evaporate.

There are hurdles to overcome and learning curves to encompass when adopting a bare-metal cloud infrastructure, but the advantages far outweigh the issues.

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