Bare Metal

Physical servers with the flexibility and control of virtual machines.

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The Best of Both Worlds

Bare Metal servers are fully integrated into CenturyLink Cloud, allowing you to create and manage physical servers alongside virtual instances. Provision Bare Metal on and off as needed with pay-as-you go flexibility, and host a wide range of apps from a unified interface. Ideal for compute-intensive applications like databases, analytics jobs, grid computing, and other workloads requiring consistent performance.

Bare Metal Servers are available in multiple configuration options.

Consistent Performance

Compute and storage is isolated to ensure a high level of performance for compute-intensive workloads or “batch” jobs needing bursts of compute power for a short time.


Bare Metal Servers deploy quickly.

Fast Deployment

In traditional data center or colocation environments, the provisioning timeline is measured in days or weeks. Bare Metal servers are available in an hour or less for no organizational downtime.


Bare Metal servers are billed hourly.

Hourly Billing

You are billed hourly for the life of the server, so you only pay for what you use. Spin up machines when you need them and de-provision when you're done.

Bare Metal Server Features

Multiple Configuration Options
  • Select from a variety of configuration options designed to meet different compute requirements.
  • Popular OSs available:
    • Windows Server, Standard and Datacenter Editions
    • Red Hat Enterprise Linux
    • CentOS
    • Ubuntu
Security and Connectivity
  • Provision servers with user-defined firewall polices.
  • Fully encrypted local storage isolates and protects data.
  • Use Cloud Network Services – our secure, high-performance transit network – to connect Bare Metal servers with other infrastructure deployments to create hybrid environments.
Integrated Management
  • Configure, run, and manage Bare Metal servers through the Control Portal.
  • Leverage CenturyLink Cloud’s REST API to create or decommission physical servers and manage power operations.
  • Deploy physical and virtual servers side-by-side in the same Group and VLAN; this dramatically simplifies administration of hybrid solutions.

Use Cases

Bare Metal for Big Data, Hadoop and Analytics
Big Data & Analytics

Bare Metal Servers are perfect for big data workloads. Customize, provision, and manage physical machines fast with on-demand flexibility via the Control Portal or API calls. Combine the compute power needed for data mining and analytics.



Use containers (like Docker) on Bare Metal.
Containers on Bare Metal

Give developers an isolated environment with all the benefits of VMs. Use containers (like Docker) to house micro service architectures. Scale apps running in containers deployed on Bare Metal and provision through API. Combine physical servers with cloud and gain operational advantage through a unified platform to operate infrastructure faster.



Bare Metal is ideal for enterprise applications that aren't well-suited for virtualization.
Alternatives to Virtualization

Many enterprise apps running on-premises or in traditional hosting environments are not well-suited to virtualization. For example: apps with licensing restrictions, or that carry compute-intensive workloads, such as data analytics, caching and indexing. Such apps are ideal for Bare Metal, where you get the benefits of single-tenancy at significant cost saving.



Applications and Databases may be ideal for Bare Metal.
Application and Database Servers

Customize a hybrid cloud solution through unified management of resources. Combine Bare Metal Servers with elastic Cloud Servers to manage and scale three-tier applications. Web tiers get the agility and elasticity of virtual environments, while application and database tiers get performance and isolation.



Consider Bare Metal Servers when...

  • Applications need to be run off-premises, but their architectures can’t be easily supported in virtualized environments
  • Compliance and security sensitive applications that require physical isolation of data.
  • Large amounts of data processing is needed for short bursts of time, a common scenario in grid computing in the financial services or in oil & gas industries.
  • Transitioning from hosting or colocation to on-demand cloud infrastructure.

A free trial with up to $500 in usage

  • Up to $500 in usage of self-service products and services.**
  • Access to a wide range of CenturyLink Cloud standard services.
  • High performance, fast deployment times and intuitive management capabilities that will push your business forward.
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Resource hourly monthly
4 core, 16GB RAM, 2x1TB Raw HDD

4 cores (1x4)
Intel Xeon E3-1271 @ 3.60 GHz
16GB RAM
2x1TB HDD Raw @ 7200 rpm
0.91TB RAID 1 usable

$0.5 $360.00
12 core, 64GB RAM, 4x2TB Raw HDD

12 cores (2x6)
Intel Xeon E5-2620 @ 2.40 GHz
64GB RAM
4x2TB HDD Raw @ 7200 rpm
5.46TB RAID 5 usable

$1.16 $835.20
20 core, 128GB RAM, 6x2TB Raw HDD

20 cores (2x10)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 @ 2.30 GHz
128GB RAM
6x2TB HDD Raw @ 7200 rpm
9.09TB RAID 5 usable

$2.27 $1,634.40
24 core, 128GB RAM, 1x960GB Raw SSD

24 cores (2x12)
Intel Xeon E5-2670 @ 2.30 GHz
128GB RAM
1x960GB SSD usable

$2.35 $1,692.00
24 core, 128GB RAM, 1x3.84TB Raw SSD

24 cores (2x12)
Intel Xeon E5-2670 @ 2.30 GHz
128GB RAM
1x3.84TB SSD usable

$2.47 $1,778.40
24 core, 512GB RAM, 1x3.84TB Raw SSD

24 cores (2x12)
Intel Xeon E5-2670 @ 2.30 GHz
512GB RAM
1x3.84TB SSD usable

$3.05 $2,196.00
20 core, 256GB RAM, 2x800GB Raw SSD, 12x2TB Raw HDD

20 cores (2x10)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 @ 2.30 GHz
256GB RAM
2x800GB Raw SSD
12x2TB Raw @7200 rpm
24TB RAID/JBOD Configurable

$2.86 $2,059.20
16 core, 256GB RAM, 2x800GB Raw SSD, 4x4TB Raw HDD

16 cores (2x8)
Intel Xeon E5-2630 @ 2.40 GHz
256GB RAM
2x800GB Raw SSD
4x4TB Raw @7200 rpm
16TB RAID/JBOD Configurable

$2.35 $1,692.00

Prices are for United States data centers only. Not all configurations are available in all data centers. Resources charged hourly, even when bare metal servers are powered off. Monthly estimates based on 720 hours, represent global average price based on available locations. Does not include operating system/software licensing cost. Click below to check actual pricing and geographic availability.

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