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How the Bare Metal Cloud Helps Developers Scale in 2020

While cloud storage adoption was a top priority for businesses this year, approximately 65% of business data remains on-premises on flash, disk, and tape. Scalability will be a major concern for businesses adopting cloud storage in 2020, as they look for solutions and services that can handle rapid growth as each segment of the IT infrastructure makes the move.

What kind of growth are we talking about? The global cloud storage market is expected to reach $97.41 billion by 2022. This represents a CAGR of 24.8% from 2016-2022 —a massive opportunity for developers in the space.

Private clouds offer businesses a great option for customization and scalability. Unfortunately, public clouds can be expensive for companies experiencing rapid growth and can even limit that growth. They can’t be the only solution in a company’s cloud storage plan. Developers have an opportunity to present scalability in a new form of cloud storage that isn’t associated with the private cloud.

How Developers Are Using Scalable Bare Metal Clouds

In the past few years, bare metal cloud has emerged as a flexible, scalable option for growing businesses. In 2020, expect developers looking for the benefits of a typical public cloud without the scalability and security drawbacks to turn more and more to bare metal cloud. Here are a few of the benefits they’re seeing:

  • Scalable Drives: Quickly scalable drives eliminate all the guesswork and allow you to use precisely as much storage space as needed.
  • Infrastructure Level Management: One of the major benefits of the private cloud is control. Unlike VMs, bare metal cloud provides an increased level of control and the ability to manage infrastructures across multiple data centers.
  • Integrated Firewall Management: Bare metal cloud can integrate firewalls on all machines into a cluster that can be managed from a single control panel. This increases IT security, improves incident response times, and accelerates deployments.
  • High Speed Network: Unlike virtualized clouds, bare metal has lower latency and higher performance for a more powerful network. This is ideal for high-performance web applications and latency-sensitive workloads.

Since bare metal clouds offer IT organizations flexibility in how they build their metal cloud, companies can customize their storage infrastructure in a way that allows them to prioritize the above benefits for their specific needs and use cases. Businesses that prioritize scalability have seen great success rapidly scaling up their storage capabilities.

Scaling Up Servers in Less Than an Hour

Traditional servers and virtualized clouds can take a long time to deploy and configure at various sites which make them a poor choice for businesses that are expanding or that need the ability to rapidly scale up their data storage without much notice.

Provisioning switches, storage, configuring OOB, booting the servers and OSs, and the whole deployment process can take more time than the average organization can afford when resources are unavailable and the company’s growth is being slowed down. With bare-metal cloud, these tasks can all be completed in five minutes.

Since these deployment workflows are streamlined and automated across non-virtualized, flexible, single-tenant servers, you can rapidly scale up as many as 60 servers in under an hour if the need arises. Bare metal instances can be provisioned in minutes with more than one drive attached including drives of any size. Some of the key abilities of bare metal cloud that allow this scalability include:

  • Automated Metal Infrastructure: The ability to automate the management of instances through a software-defined cloud data center allows organizations to design complex, bare metal infrastructures in very little time while still maintaining the flexibility necessary to design an infrastructure that fits their needs.
  • Flexible Block Storage: Metal cloud’s SSD-based, block devices make it simple to remove, resize and reattach devices to instances at any time and instantly from the control panel.
  • Scalable Security Measures: There is a major demand for solutions that can provide secure cloud storage that extends through the entire network. Capabilities like the integrated firewall management and AI-powered privacy help reduce the time necessary to secure instances before deployment.

The push towards cloud storage and bare metal clouds in 2020 and beyond will be a busy time. Developers can build solutions that improve flexibility as companies make major changes to their IT infrastructure.

Those that can find reliable solutions to the most important IT needs will be the ones that thrive in this period of change. For growing companies looking for scalable servers, bare metal cloud is an increasingly popular option for all the above reasons.

About the author

Marius Boeru, Systems Manager at Bigstep, has been with the company for 12 years and is passionate about emerging technologies, innovative devices, and scalable infrastructures.

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