Google Cloud Expands Bare Metal Cloud Solution Availability

Now, distribution partners in five other data center regions can help customers deploy specialized cloud workloads and pay for them on opex budgets.

As bare metal cloud solutions gain popularity, Google Cloud has made its platform, introduced last November, available in five other data center regions.

Users in Ashburn, Virginia.; Frankfurt; London; Los Angeles; and Sydney now have access to Google Cloud Bare Metal Solution. At the end of the year, look for Asterdam, Sao Paulo, Singapore and Tokyo to join the list.

Google’s technology enables managed service providers and other partners to deliver public cloud services directly to dedicated physical servers. Even if there is no virtualized infrastructure, organizations can perform specialized workloads using opex budgets. In a June 29 blog post, Gurmeet Goindi Sr., product manager for Google Cloud Platform, cites Oracle databases as the main candidates for the company’s Bare Metal solution.

The idea is that Bare Metal Solution transfers workloads from organizations’ data centers to Google Cloud, easily. This can even include transporting legacy applications into the cloud – a traditionally discouraging feat.

Google Cloud has built its platform with technologies from a range of partners, including NetApp, for storage; Actifio, for backup and restoration; and Atos, for orchestration, management and infrastructure services. Overall, “Bare Metal Solution can reduce your implementation time and improve your overall user experience,” Goindi wrote.

In terms of detail, Bare Metal Solution servers use second-generation Intel Xeon (Cascade Lake) scalable processors of different sizes.

“Depending on your needs, you can choose a bare metal server with as little as 16 cores, or up to 112 cores with 3 terabytes of DRAM, all to manage your most demanding workloads,” Goindi wrote. “These servers are certified by almost all major software companies. We deploy Bare Metal Solution in a region extension with less than two milliseconds of latency to Google Cloud; in most cases, we measured latency below milliseconds. »

Google provides administration, maintenance and billing

Google Cloud administers and maintains infrastructure, from computing, storage and networking to power, cooling and facilities. The provider also provides unified billing on Google Cloud and Bare Metal Solution, which should prove to be a useful selling point for the channel.

In addition, Google Cloud has released a pack of automation tools to help organizations – or their distribution partners – manage specialized bare metal cloud workloads.

“Using Ansible open-source computing automation, we’ve created a toolkit to help you quickly install your databases, manage storage and set up your backups, and we’ve made this toolkit available to everyone in open source on GitHub,” said Goindi.

The timing of the Bare Metal solution seems prescient on the part of Google Cloud. Research firm Technavio expects the cloud market to grow by $7.89 billion over the next five years. In 2019, North America was the world’s largest bare metal cloud market.

“The growing adoption of secure cloud services will significantly boost the growth of the bare metal cloud market in this region over the forecast period,” analysts wrote in a summary of the June 2020 report, “Bare Metal Cloud Market by End User and Geography – Forecast and Analysis 2020-2024.”

Of the projected growth, 39% will come from North America, analysts noted, mainly in the United States.

“The transition from the Capex model to the Opex model is one of the key drivers of the growth of the bare metal cloud market,” the analysts wrote. “Several companies are focusing on the use of flexible IT solutions due to increasing cost pressures. Demand for bare-metal cloud services is increasing among end-user industries because it is based on the opex model, which has no fixed initial cost compared to the Capex model. The customer will only pay for what he uses on a monthly or hourly basis. »

The sectors that will benefit most from the cloud include banking and financial services, government, IT and telecommunications and healthcare, Technavio said.

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