IBM’s SoftLayer cloud division has expanded its cloud computing options with bare-metal servers that can be deployed quickly and are billed by the hour rather than monthly. This is designed to provide greater flexibility for customers to deploy compute-intensive workloads, the firm said.
Available immediately from SoftLayer’s data centre locations around the globe, including the newly operational London data centre, Hourly Bare Metal Servers can be deployed in less than 30 minutes as single tenant servers connecting directly to SoftLayer’s private global network.
According to SoftLayer, Hourly Bare Metal Servers provide the raw performance of physical servers but with shorter commitments, making it easier than ever to deploy computing-intensive workloads as required on SoftLayer’s cloud platform.
SoftLayer chief technology officer Marc Jones said: “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.”
Customers may choose from four base configurations with CentOS, Red Hat, FreeBSD, or Ubuntu provisioned within 30 minutes. After this, the server may be further customised with additional operating system or application installations.
The entry configuration is a Xeon E3-1270 server with four cores, 8GB of memory and two 1TB hard drives, priced at $0.53 per hour. At the other end, the current top configuration is a two-socket Xeon E5-2650 server with 16 cores, 64GB of memory and four 1TB drives for $1.49 per hour.
Additional base configurations are due to be made available in the coming months, SoftLayer said.