IBM'S SOFTLAYER announced on Tuesday that it is offering bare metal servers that are deployed in less than 30 minutes and billed by the hour.
The new hourly bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting directly to Softlayer's global private network, which the company said allows for seamless integration between data centres without additional networking fees, offers unlimited inter-data centre bandwidth, and delivers exceptional performance and security.
Softlayer added that customers may choose from four base configurations with either the CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu Linux operating system installed.
Hourly rates range from $0.53/hr for the smallest server configuration up to $1.49/hr for the largest. The servers are available now at Softlayer’s global data centres in Dallas, San Jose, Washington DC, London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Singapore and Hong Kong.
According to the vendor, buying bare metal servers on an hourly basis provides businesses with the raw performance of physical servers for computing-intensive workloads, but with shorter commitments.
IBM Softlayer said, "The servers can stand alone or completely integrate with all other Softlayer bare metal, virtual, storage, and networking services, all in one seamless global platform."
Softlayer CTO Marc Jones said, "We have always focused on providing customers the right balance of performance, commitment, and cost.
"As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the cloud, there is increased demand for performance with even shorter demand cycles. Our new hourly bare metal servers are designed to hit the sweet spot of how much power they need, how long they need it, at price points that make sense."
IDC research VP Melanie Posey noted that the cloud service lets businesses fluctuate their IT requirements based on daily challenges.
"The new hourly-rate bare metal servers use the same Softlayer platform, control system, and API as the virtual server services - providing customers with on-demand access to the right resources for the right workloads," she said. µ