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With each passing day businesses become more and more reliant on data analytics and high-performance infrastructure needed to power data workloads. Enter CenturyLink Cloud® Bare Metal, the next evolution in cloud computing. It's a natural progression of virtualized cloud technology that offer's the capability of cloud without drawbacks of virtualization.

Handling the incredible amounts of information streaming across company networks is a huge challenge for any system administrator. Businesses are realizing that running bare metal servers in the cloud and combining them with container technology, built on top of a complete enterprise cloud platform, is essential for success.

The container you choose depends on the complexity of the project and your specific business needs. If your DevOps team is smaller and you want broad functionality right out of the box, Docker is a good choice. If customization is an important criterion, CoreOS Rocket is a good selection. If you're looking for operating system isolation between instances, Canonical LXD is a good option. You can find tutorials on our Developer Center that show how to implement any of these three containers on our platform. When it comes to physical servers that provide the flexibility and control of a virtual machine, Bare Metal on CenturyLink Cloud is a clear choice.

Server Choice

Advantages of Bare Metal and Containers

Bare Metal and container technology is the future of cloud computing. There are several advantages when combining the two.

  • Servers provisioned via our intuitive Control Portal or API calls
  • Consistent performance across CPU, memory, and storage
  • Deployment speed of one hour or less
  • More resource efficient than VMs
  • Server isolation environment as opposed to multi-tenancy
  • Container bin packaging for more efficient hardware use
  • Flexibility of the virtualized cloud
  • Scalability speed for large numbers of containers
  • Configurable RAID/JBOD storage, with certain server configurations

Containers provide an environment that packages all the variables an application needs to run anywhere, on any type of machine -- VM or physical server. Containers rely on the host operating system and kernel; the combination of the two gives you more resource efficiency than is available from using VMs. That means you maximize your infrastructure ROI while maintaining the flexibility necessary in your development environment.

Bare Metal Configuration Options

Bare Metal gives you dedicated physical servers on-demand. These servers are available in selected data centers with different server types available in each. So you can choose the server configuration that fits your workload. Below are the configuration options:

Location Available Configurations 1
US East (Sterling)-VA1 4 cores E3/16 GB RAM/2x1TB 7200 RAID 1 (0.91TB usable)
12 cores E5/64 GB RAM/4x2TB 7200 RAID 5 (5.46TB usable)
20 cores E5/128 GB RAM/6x2TB 7200 RAID 5 (9.09TB usable)
Great Britain (Slough)-GB3 4 cores E3/16 GB RAM/2x1TB 7200 RAID 1 (0.91TB usable)
12 cores E5/64 GB RAM/4x2TB 7200 RAID 5 (5.46TB usable)
20 cores E5/128 GB RAM/6x2TB 7200 RAID 5 (9.09TB usable)
US East (New York)-NY1 24 cores E5/128 GB RAM/1x960GB SSD
24 cores E5/128 GB RAM/1x3.84TB SSD
24 cores E5/512 GB RAM/1x3.84TB SSD
20 cores E5/256 GB RAM/2x800GB SSD/12x2TB 7200 SATA2
16 cores E5/256 GB RAM/2x800GB SSD/4x4TB 7200 SATA2
Canada (Vancouver)-CA1 24 cores E5/128 GB RAM/1x960GB SSD
24 cores E5/128 GB RAM/1x3.84TB SSD
24 cores E5/512 GB RAM/1x3.84TB SSD
20 cores E5/256 GB RAM/2x800GB SSD/12x2TB 7200 SATA2
16 cores E5/256 GB RAM/2x800GB SSD/4x4TB 7200 SATA2
Australia (Sydney)-AU1 24 cores E5/128 GB RAM/1x960GB SSD
24 cores E5/128 GB RAM/1x3.84TB SSD
24 cores E5/512 GB RAM/1x3.84TB SSD
20 cores E5/256 GB RAM/2x800GB SSD/12x2TB 7200 SATA2
16 cores E5/256 GB RAM/2x800GB SSD/4x4TB 7200 SATA2

1 All Physical servers include 10Gbps Network Interfaces.
2 SATA Disks are attached to Dell PERC H730 RAID Controllers and can operate in HBA/JBOD or RAID mode.

Operating Systems

CenturyLink Cloud Bare Metal servers are available with the following operating systems:

  • Centos 6 64-bit
  • RedHat Enterprise Linux 6 64-bit
  • Ubuntu 14 64-bit
  • Windows 2012 R2 Standard 64-bit
  • Windows 2012 R2 Datacenter 64-bit

Other Resources

Here are a few articles on combining Bare Metal and containers on CenturyLink Cloud to help get you started.

Getting Started

Running Bare Metal and containers on a unified platform gives you a huge technical and operational advantage over your competition. It's far more efficient than operating localized infrastructure, providing engineers and developers with more time to do what they do best -- develop applications and bring them to market.

Designed for your business needs today and tomorrow, the CenturyLink Cloud is reliable, secure, robust, and global. Get started with Bare Metal on CenturyLink Cloud and receive a $500 credit toward qualifying CenturyLink Cloud products or services.

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