Businesses have been shifting to cloud infrastructure in an effort to cut IT expenditures and take advantage of technology innovations. The driving force behind cloud services is the need for greater flexibility, scalability, efficiency, and security. Cloud delivers this with its foundation of virtualization, automation, and orchestration. In this era of cloud revolution, new options have come up to cater to the growing demand for high-performance cloud solutions. One of the recent developments in the cloud industry is the bare metal cloud services. It refers to the cloud service renting hardware resources by the customer from a third-party service provider. Emerging as an alternative to Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS), this public cloud service directly runs on local infrastructure instead of on virtualized infrastructure.

Several firms in the industry are expanding their cloud services with new technological innovations. For instance, in November 2017, Fujitsu, chose Nokia’s Nuage Networks to expand its next-generation cloud platform, Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5, which supports OpenStack, VMware, and bare metal. In November 2018, Amazon Web Services, Amazon’s cloud computing division, introduced its bare metal instances for its EC2 service to allow customers to have direct access to the familiar application programming interfaces and performance they expect from their existing server hardware platforms’ compute and storage resources.

Nuage Networks to Support Fujitsu Cloud Service’s Global Expansion

Fujitsu, a leading Japanese information and communication technology company chose Nuage Networks, Nokia’s software-defined network (SDN) venture to expand its next-generation cloud platform, Fujitsu Enterprise Cloud Service K5. K5 is world’s first OpenStack Ironic-managed Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) platform for bare metal cloud services for enterprises. An OpenStack software program, Ironic allows customers to use hardware directly, deploying the workload onto a real physical machine instead of a virtualized instance on a hypervisor. The integration of OpenStack and the Nuage Networks Virtualized Services Platform (VSP) provides Fujitsu and its customers with highly scalable virtual networks. The Nuage Networks SDN solution helps Fujitsu to expand its deployment of K5 beyond its existing data centers in Japan, Europe, and North America, to new centers in Singapore and Australia. K5 enables efficient, easy and cost-effective enterprise-level digital transformation. It helps Fujitsu’s customers to accelerate their digital transformation by shifting their existing server infrastructure into K5 data centers. It offers on-demand service delivery, greater security, manageability, and availability of the cloud, as well as full support for non-cloud-native applications operating on fully integrated bare metal services.

AWS Launches Bare Metal Instances for its EC2 Service

In November 2018, Amazon Web Services (AWS), Amazon’s cloud computing division, introduced its bare metal instances. Bare metal allows direct access to hardware resources without any major overhead. With this technology, AWS users can also run their own virtualization stacks, giving them a greater control over their cloud servers. Moreover, this service now opens up Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud service (Amazon EC2) to applications that users were previously unable to license in a virtualized environment or get support for. AWS launches these bare metal instances as part of its i3 instance family and plans to bring them to more instance families in the future.

The bare metal cloud market is experiencing a rapid growth due to its high demand from organizations across different industry verticals. The future would see a rise in adoption of the bare metal cloud services due to their cost-efficiency, better performance, streamlined data operations, standardized hardware platforms, and data security. At present, the market is propelled by telecom and IT due to growing Big Data and the rise in demand for effective storage. According to a recent report published by Progressive Markets, the global bare metal industry is expected to grow at a CAGR of over 40.1% from 2017 to 2025.

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