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 Bigstep Metal CloudDedicated Servers
Bare metal
Yes
Yes
Self Service
Yes
No (or very little support)
Provisioning time

300 seconds

days/weeks sometimes hours

OS volume
iscsi
ixed, given per config.
Aditional storage volumes
iscsi block devices
No (or custom manually installed)
On-demand
Yes (per second)

No

Migration-less upgrade support
Yes (with restart)
No 
Stop and resume support
Yes 
No
Self service network config.
Yes (L2 & L3)
No
L2 technology
MPLS
No (or custom)
Private LAN support
Yes
Yes (custom)
API enabled
Yes
No
IPV6
Yes 
No
BGP support
Yes (custom)
Yes (native)
Shared filesystem support
Yes (via GFS -Bigstep SharedDrive)
No
Database as a Service
Couchbase, Cassandra, Exasol, 
PostgreSQL, MySQL (Percona), 
Elasticsearch
No
Hadoop & Spark as a Service
Cloudera, MapR, Hortonworks, Mesos
No
Native container platform
Yes (Bigstep Container Platform)

No

Container Apps
Apache Spark, Streamsets, 
Apache Kafka, Zoomdata, Jupyter
No
Object Storage
Yes (Bigstep DataLake service)
No

Why choose Bigstep?

You can log in drag and drop and build a complex datacenter-like infrastructure, with a complete network topology of choice, private L2 LANs, hit deploy and have it up and running in a few minutes with no human intervention and without virtualisation.      

As things progress naturally, you will need extra resources. In the Metal Cloud, you just drag a slider, reboot and bam! You run on brand new server — no need for migration, significant downtime or any of that stuff. The same mechanism is used to immediately replace a server if anything should happen to yours.      

Your DevOps team can take over and write scripts to provision and de-provision test & production environments automatically either directly or via automation tools such as Ansible or Terraform or directly via our API.      

 For your new microservices based project you can simply deploy our container platform or use any kubernetes install method directly if your engineers are more full stack and prefer to do it themselves.  

 

Why choose dedicated server?

Dedicated server providers can often be be the most affordable option out there. If budget is a big concern and you don't expect a lot of variability in your infrastructure, companies such as Hetzner might provide the right service for you.

For dedicated servers, the OS is on a local hard drive which provides better isolation from potential external storage failures or performance degradation although a single drive or a couple of drives in RAID are also at risk of failure and are typically slower than the remote SAN due to the layers of caching that we employ.

Traditional hosting still has some market share, mostly due to the experience that some of these companies have that get translated 
into excelent managed services offerings.  These relationships are important but as application architectures evolve so too will the needfor 


 

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