Cloud or Bare Metal Server? What’s The Difference?

Cloud or Bare Metal Server? What’s The Difference?

What is a Bare Metal Server?

Bare Metal Server is a physical server dedicated to a single tenant, which allows users full access to the hardware. This access is possible because a bare metal server does not use a hypervisor layer to create separate virtual machines (VM) on the server. Instead, placing the operating system directly on the server eliminates the need for layers. As a result, the performance is among the best on the market.

What is a Cloud Server?

A cloud server is a robust physical or virtual infrastructure that stores and processes applications and data. They are formed by dividing a bare metal server into numerous virtual servers using virtualization software. 

Cloud servers are a crucial part of cloud technology. The widespread deployment of server virtualization has helped cloud computing’s rise and continued growth.

Benefits of Bare Metal Server:

  1. Greater Access Control: The user of a dedicated server is given Administrative or ‘Root access’ to the server. This level of access allows users to have more control over the device’s hardware and software. Users can micromanage the server’s processes, optimize performance, and install additional applications using administrator-level privileges.
  2. Customizability: One of the best features of a bare metal server is tailoring it to meet your specific business needs. You can pick and select which features and specifications you need. Whether you need a particular GPU model, NVMe storage for high IOPS, or a specific RAM-to-CPU ratio, bare metal can do it all. You can customize your bare metal server and add the features that you need.
  3. Security & Reliability: When it comes to security, a dedicated server can be the best option for you. The name ‘dedicated’ is part of the proof. Compared to a virtual server, bare metal is a single-tenant physical server that physically isolates your applications, data, and resources for increased security and privacy.  Dedicated servers are kept in a secure data center with controlled access points for on-site personnel when purchased from a hosting provider like UnitedLayer. HIPAA and PCI compliance are also easier to achieve with dedicated servers due to a high level of security.

Benefits of Cloud Server:

  1. Data Security: The security of a firm’s data is one of its main concerns, regardless of its size or industry. Data breaches and other forms of cybercrime may wreak havoc on a company’s revenue, customer loyalty, and brand image. Baseline security measures, such as authentication, access control, and encryption, are implemented by cloud storage providers for their platforms and the data they process. Most businesses then supplement these protections with additional security measures to strengthen cloud data security and restrict access to sensitive data in the cloud.
  2. Scalability & Flexibility: Cloud service options range from basic public cloud packages to fully managed custom cloud solutions tailored to specific demands, all of which may be scaled to match a company’s changing priorities and ongoing growth. 
  3. Reliability: The customer’s website is hosted in the cloud on several servers or computers. If a single piece of hardware fails, additional machines can instantly step in to keep the website up and operating. 

How can we help you?

At UnitedLayer, we provide a dedicated virtual data center that allows enterprises to manage their private cloud fully. It comes with our enterprise-class support, which has a 15-minute response time and experts available 24x7x365 to provide support for any issue.

Whether you want a classic public cloud or bare metal server, contact us today to discuss your requirements and setting up the best hosting service for your business.

Got questions? Want to talk specifics? That’s what we’re here for.

Carbon Footprint: How Are Data Centers Cutting Carbon Emissions?

Carbon Footprint: How Are Data Centers Cutting Carbon Emissions?

“The cloud-computing paradigm offers on-demand services over the Internet and supports a wide variety of applications. With the recent growth of the Internet of Things (IoT)–based applications, the use of cloud services is increasing exponentially. The next generation of cloud computing must be energy efficient and sustainable to fulfill end-user requirements, which are changing dynamically.”

A carbon footprint is the total amount of greenhouse gases (GHG) produced to sustain a person’s lifestyle and activities, both directly and indirectly. Carbon footprints are often quantified in equivalent tons of CO2 over a year and can be linked to a person, a company, a product, or an event, among other factors.

According to world climate experts, every responsible individual can contribute their share to good climatic changes. It is now up to businesses to take responsibility for climate change.

Technology is currently playing a significant role in helping global companies move into more responsible and sustainable practices. The constant drive toward digital transformation pushes businesses to step up their efforts to reduce their carbon footprint and maintain operational efficiency in all aspects of their operations. CIOs are trying to guide their businesses and making the right technology choices to accelerate that transition.

Here are the four factors CIOs should consider to reduce the carbon footprint for their organizations:

  1. Reform Data Centers with Energy Efficiency: Companies require continuous power and cooling systems for their on-premises data centers. By moving to the cloud, energy consumption can be reduced by up to 80%. Businesses can benefit from enhanced performance and cheaper operational expenses while also reducing their carbon footprint by creating energy-efficient data centers. A greener data center is created by combining clear objectives, better asset management, and automation in Cloud Migration, which leads to an exponential rise in overall efficiency.
  2. Carbon Neutrality: Major cloud computing companies have already begun their journey toward carbon neutrality by powering their data centers with renewable energy sources. Solar power, geothermal energy, hydropower, and wind energy are examples of green resources. Organizations will achieve scalability with green practices by transferring infrastructure to the cloud or through new installations in the existing Cloud environment.
  3. Virtual Availability with Shared Network: A virtual network, which assures optimal resource use, is an essential feature of Cloud computing. A Cloud Data Center securely stores and shares data across several servers in various locations simultaneously. As a result, the number of physical servers is reduced, e-waste is minimized, and fewer machines and hardware. This is an example of a green solution that businesses can use.
  4. Slash Greenhouse Gases Emission: Unlike on-site data centers, which emit many greenhouse gases throughout their lives, cloud data centers significantly reduce carbon emissions by consuming less energy. Cloud computing has an undeniable impact on carbon emissions, which CIOs must consider to mitigate their company’s carbon footprint.

How is UnitedLayer reducing its carbon footprint?

Through cloud-based circular operations and sustainable products and services, businesses can gain significant financial, societal, and environmental benefits. UnitedLayer is LEED-certified (Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design), which is a globally recognized symbol of sustainability achievement and leadership.

At UnitedLayer, we help enterprises to boost their sustainability plan along with measures to reduce their carbon footprint following the environmentally friendly process.

To know more about how UnitedLayer is focusing on reducing carbon footprint visit our website now!

Data Protection & Privacy Management – UnitedLayer

Data Protection & Privacy Management – UnitedLayer

Data is one of the biggest assets a firm has. With the growth of the data economy, companies find immense value in data processing, sharing, and consumption. Companies like Google, Facebook, and Amazon have all created empires on the economy of data. Transparency in how businesses are requesting consent, adhering to their privacy policies, and managing the data they have collected is vital to building trust and accountability with clients and partners who expect privacy. Many companies have learned the value of privacy the hard way through failures in widely publicized data.

Protection of data and IT infrastructure has always been a big concern for all companies, and now with IT systems shifting to cloud networks, it has become at the forefront of all IT agendas. Safety technologies have also been a core component of Data Center design and construction. Owners of Data Centers have worked tirelessly to maintain the highest security degree and have scrupulously followed industry best safety practices and met all regulatory requirements. Yet data centers are complex environments, and protecting them demands that each component’s security requirements be treated separately yet adopt a central, comprehensive security strategy at the same time.

Data privacy management helps make data discovery, classification, mapping, and risk analysis transparent to personal and sensitive data across the company. It also allows organizations to determine and consistently track compliance with data privacy with multifactor risk scoring and data access and movement tracking.
UnitedLayer helps you comply with data sovereignty and data protection laws applicable to your business in any global market. You’ll also get additional 24x7x365 threat detection, analysis, and analytics when paired with our data privacy solutions. It also enables you to determine the risk, build custom policies for encrypting and restricting access to sensitive PII data, and report access to data. We use CCTV to track the facilities and conduct strict ID checks to access the hall of data.

UnitedLayer provides you with complete data access and lets you decide when and how your data is handled. We maintain limited knowledge of the data processed by each customer via the hosting infrastructure, and we only process your data according to your instructions. When you wish to move your data beyond the EU and the EEA, we provide an acceptable degree of assured protection for your data. In other countries, like Amsterdam, we have data centers that provide our customers with additional options for an EU footprint.

The solutions concentrate on bringing the cloud’s power to your data center, allowing you to meet data sovereignty requirements more efficiently and enhance your efficiency by finding cloud services closer to you. We make sure your data is encrypted in transit and at rest. Our solutions ensure your data is subject to the country’s laws and governance systems. We ensure a simpler and more efficient migration route by which you can leverage your current application ecosystem. Our solutions are compatible with HIPPA, PCI, DISA, and SOC.

For so many variables to consider, finding the right data center might sound overwhelming, but the bottom line is that your data matters, and you should make sure you place it in the safest hands possible. Following these best practices will help you get the most accurate details on how a data center works to inform better your network protecting choices.

To get a better insight into what else UnitedLayer has got in store, sign up for a free demo today.

CIO Insider Cover Story: UnitedLayer’s CEO, Abhijit Phanse explains and shares his insights on “Leveraging the Capabilities of Software-Defined Data Centers and Private Clouds.”

CIO Insider Cover Story: UnitedLayer’s CEO, Abhijit Phanse explains and shares his insights on “Leveraging the Capabilities of Software-Defined Data Centers and Private Clouds.”

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CIO Insider Cover Story: UnitedLayer’s CEO, Abhijit Phanse explains and shares his insights on “Leveraging the Capabilities of Software-Defined Data Centers and Private Clouds.”

This is CIO Insider’s exclusive cover story with Abhijit Phanse, CEO of UnitedLayer. He talks about new trends like the demand of Software-Defined Everything in the cloud, the company’s philosophy, growth of the company, its thriving cloud business, and the challenges that lie ahead.

Over the past two decades, UnitedLayer has been providing comprehensive data center infrastructure and managed cloud solutions to various industries like Technology, Media, Telecom, Oil & Gas, and Banking Financial Services and Insurance across the globe.

The journey started with Accelon Capital, a mid-market private equity investment fund created by Abhijit and three professors from Stanford. Later they acquired UnitedLayer, the largest colocation data center provider in San Francisco using this fund with an aim to create high-performance, highly-available (99.999%), secure, agile, scalable, and modern colocation and multicloud solutions of the future.

The conversation starts with company’s philosophy which is deep-rooted in the need for having a three cloud strategy i.e. “The laws of the land, physics, and economics dictate that hybrid cloud will continue to the future of enterprise computing,” as stated by Pat Gelsinger, CEO of VMware which considers that Software-Defined Everything is the future.

Abhijit further explains UnitedLayer’s role in the Software-Defined private cloud evolution by talking about their Software-Defined Multicloud Data Center Platform that converts any legacy data center into a modern (hybrid and multicloud) data center.

During the course of the journey, several innovative solutions like UnityOneCloud were created to manage, monitor, audit, and support end-to-end cloud deployments. UnityOneCloud is a SaaS platform that provides a single pane of glass for seamless management of any cloud environment from bare-metal to serverless configurations in data centers, private clouds, and public clouds.

UnitedLayer utilized its 15 years of experience in the industry and created another organic spin-off known as United Private Cloud using it’s G3 IaaS Private Cloud platform, which is a third-generation private cloud solution perfected to deliver enterprise-grade cloud solutions and support modern applications like VMware, Kubernetes, SAP, and Oracle.

Before UnitedLayer, Abhijit Phanse co-founded the company called Scintera (acquired by NYSE: INPHI and NASDAQ: MXIM) that delivered high-performance signal processors in the wireless base station and data center infrastructure space. “Recognizing the industry’s path, creating a vision for our company, and building a team to deliver solutions to solve the real-world hybrid cloud challenges for our customers has been my contribution,” says the CEO, Abhijit Phanse.

About UnitedLayer:

UnitedLayer is a major Colocation, Private Cloud, and Managed Services provider that operates data centers in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Las Vegas. UnitedLayer puts you on the fast track to growth and helps you realize the full value of your investment in any cloud infrastructure solution. We design, build, and manage Enterprise-Grade Colocation, Private Cloud, and Public Cloud solutions that meet the performance, security, and scalability requirements to serve enterprises’ unique business needs.

About United Private Cloud:

United Private Cloud is an enterprise-grade Software-Defined Private Cloud company delivering enterprise-grade private clouds across 12 data centers over 5 continents. United Private Cloud’s G3 IaaS delivers high-performance, 99.999% availability, locked-down security, and software-defined agility and scalability while delivering greater than 30% cost savings compared to any primary public cloud provider. We are one of the world’s experts at building and operating highly available, secure, and scalable private clouds.

About UnityOneCloud:

UnityOneCloud is a Software-as-a-Service company that provides the most comprehensive enterprise-grade Multicloud Management platform for managing your real hybrid cloud environments. We help manage, monitor, audit, support, and observe all your hybrid cloud assets right from bare-metal to serverless configurations in data centers, private clouds, and public clouds.

For more information on how UnitedLayer can assist your digital transformation, please view the full copy of the discussion here and visit our website, https://www.unitedlayer.com/cio-insider-cover-page/.