SoftLayer offers bare metal servers that can be billed per hour

IBM company SoftLayer has launched a new bare metal servers that can be deployed within 30 minutes and billed by the hour.

IBM said hourly bare metal servers provide the raw performance of physical servers with shorter commitments.

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.

Marc Jones, CTO of SoftLayer, said: “As businesses deploy more powerful workloads in the cloud, there is increased demand for performance with even shorter demand cycles. Our 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.”

IBM said the new hourly bare metal servers are single tenant servers connecting to SoftLayer’s private global network. The SoftLayer private network allows for integration between data centers without additional networking fees, unlimited inter-data center bandwidth, and exceptional performance and security.

Enterprise CIOs can select from four base configurations with CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu operating system installed. The base configuration can be deployed within 30 minutes, after which the server may be further customized with additional OS or application installations.

Melanie Posey, Research VP at IDC, said: “The 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.”

IBM will be announcing additional base configurations for hourly bare metal servers in the coming months.

The new hourly bare metal configurations are available at SoftLayer’s data centers in Dallas, San Jose, Washington D.C., London, Toronto, Amsterdam, Singapore, and Hong Kong.

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