Packet vs Bigstep Metal
Packet has been growing steadily for last few years and we are very excited to see activity in the bare metal market. They are similar to us in many respects but there are areas where we differ significantly.
Why choose Bigstep?
Bigstep has been focused on helping companies not just deploy bare metal but also help with the application side of things and hence we have many more perks such as deploying and scaling an Elasticsearch or Hadoop cluster.
We also have an option that will prove very handy which we call Migration-less Upgrade. This means you can detach the OS from your server and attach it to another (bigger?) server self service, via the interface or API.
The migration-less upgrade support not only saves you time but also allows other interesting features such as stop and resume support, allows growing (and snapshotting) the OS volume and others.
Why choose Packet?
OS on local drive
Packet installs the OS on the local drive which both good and bad. It is good because you don' t have to worry about the storage or storage network going down. It is bad because you have to worry about the NVMe or HDDs themselves going down. The jury is still out on which risk is higher. We believe that remote boot (our version) provides the best flexibility and the lowest cost. Local install provides better isolation and sometimes more performance.
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