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Bare-metal servers for button-push database-as-a-service

and  | January 11, 2016 |  Posted In: Cloud and MySQL, MySQL DBaaS

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bare-metal serversEnterprises’ demand flexibility, scalability and efficiency to keep up with the demands of their customers — while maintaining the bottom line. To solve this, they’re running to cloud infrastructure services to both cut costs and take advantage of cutting-edge technology innovations. Clouds have brought simplicity and ease of use to infrastructure management. However, with this ease of use often comes some sacrifice: namely, performance.

Performance degradation often stems from the introduction of virtualization and a hypervisor layer. While the hypervisor enables the flexibility and management capabilities needed to orchestrate multiple virtual machines on a single box, it also creates additional processing overhead.

Regardless, cloud servers also have huge advantages: they deploy at lightning speed and enable hassle-free private networking without the need for a private VLAN from the datacenter. They also allow the customer near instantaneous scalability without the burden of risky capital expenditures.

Bare-metal servers are one solution to this trade-off. A bare metal server is all about plain hardware. It is a single-tenant physical server that is completely dedicated to a single data-intensive workload. It prioritizes performance and reliability. A bare-metal server provides a way to enable cloud services that eliminates the overhead of virtualization, but retains the flexibility, scalability and efficiency.

On certain CPU-bound workloads, bare metal servers can outperform a cloud server of the same configuration by four times. Database management systems, being very sensitive to both CPU performance and IO speed, can obviously benefit from access to a bare metal environment.

Combine a bare metal server accessible via a cloud service with a high performance MySQL solution and you get all benefits of the cloud without sacrificing performance. This is an ideal solution for startups, side projects or even production applications.

In fact this is just what we’ve done with a partnership between Percona and Servers.com, where you can automatically provision Percona Server for MySQL on one of their bare metal servers. You can learn more about this service here.

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Jim Doherty

Jim Doherty has more than 17 years of marketing and engineering experience in technology companies. He has held leadership positions for Ixia, Certes Networks, Cisco Systems, and Ericsson Mobile. Jim also co-authored the "Networking Simplified" book series, with multiple titles including ones on Cisco Networking and WiFi security. He is a former U.S. Marine Corps Sergeant, with an electrical engineering degree plus a MBA degree from Duke. Jim and his wife Katie live in Raleigh, NC with their two children Samantha and Conor.

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