Amazon Closes Cloud Performance Gap With 'Bare Metal Instances'

Mitch Wagner
11/29/2017

LAS VEGAS -- AWS re:Invent -- Amazon Web Services kicked off its annual re:Invent conference with a new service designed to make its cloud more competitive to enterprise IT in performance and security.

EC2 Bare Metal Instances gives enterprises the "best of both worlds," Peter DeSantis, Amazon Web Services Inc. vice president of global infrastructure, said, launching the service at a Tuesday night keynote. "You get direct access to the underlying hardware, with the elasticity, scalability and security of the AWS Cloud."

An instance is a virtual server. A "bare metal" server is where a virtual machine runs directly on hardware, for improved performance.

EC2 Bare Metal Instances is designed for non-virtualized workloads, for workloads needing access to a specialized hypervisor, and for "workloads with customer-hostile licensing" DeSantis said -- in other words, applications with licensing terms that make them otherwise unsuitable for cloud deployment.

EC2 Bare Metal Instances is available initially in public preview, and will roll out over the coming months, DeSantis said.


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Bare Metal Instances is based on the first silicon developed by AWS since it acquired Annapurna in 2015 for ASIC development. The service uses a new hypervisor based on an optimized version of the Linux KVM, DeSantis said.

AWS faces competition in the bare metal cloud. Oracle Corp. (Nasdaq: ORCL) introduced its own bare metal service last year. Packet provides bare metal services, and wrote a welcome-to-the-party blog post when AWS's bare metal offering was rumored earlier this month. And IBM also has its own cloud bare metal service.

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kq4ym
kq4ym
12/8/2017 | 9:25:07 AM
Re: bar metal
The competition between AWS and Oracle continues, both now exploring this will probably not lead to some obvious adantages for either but some subtle shaving of costs and efficiency improvements in the end.
mhhfive
mhhfive
12/3/2017 | 1:37:26 PM
Re: bar metal
Hmm. I'm not sure if that's what Amazon is actually doing here. Bare Metal could be implemented in different ways that doesn't necessarily mean you're getting your own dedicated server? Why not just get a dedicated managed server then?
maryam@impact
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11/30/2017 | 6:29:39 PM
Re: bar metal
@ Ariella if that is the case I am not sure I would take that tradeoff, especially in today's atmosphere!
Susan Fourtané
Susan Fourtané
11/30/2017 | 4:16:52 AM
Bare Metal public preview
I found this link from Amazon for the Bare Metal public preview> https://pages.awscloud.com/amazon-ec2-bare-metal-instances-preview.html
Ariella
Ariella
11/29/2017 | 3:16:53 PM
Re: bar metal
@greofioffe yes it makes sense that it would improve performance and likely reduce some security risks.
gregioffe
gregioffe
11/29/2017 | 2:15:41 PM
Re: bar metal
Oh, it was a gap in AWS portfolio of services...

With baremetal, it's better performance and lower license fees..., and am sure less anxiety re, security  - overall, win-win for all
Ariella
Ariella
11/29/2017 | 9:24:48 AM
bar metal
< A "bare metal" server is where a virtual machine runs directly on hardware, for improved performance.> I was a bit confused by what it accomplishes and how. I found this helpful: http://www.internap.com/2015/02/26/bare-metal-vs-hypervisor/ It put it this way:

Bare metal is a single tenant server. This means only you are taking the resources of the server. The server belongs to you and you only. Compared to the cloud model where multiple users (multi-tenancy) reside on the same physical server, the bare-metal server only has one customer on the server.

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