Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances: What you need to know

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DenseIO instances are for those processes that have the most demanding local storage.

If you need to create a cloud-based data center, then you should consider getting the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

What is the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure?

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is an infrastructure as a service offering from Oracle, giving you all the things you like about public cloud without the headaches. You get the functions and features you have come to expect with a public cloud service, but you retain granular control over the entire system. It is also much more secure and predictable, it would seem like you are working with infrastructure that you have onsite.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure gives you different products including:

  1. Compute. Create a virtual machine with one, or get a 52-core compute instances in big clusters. You can scale as fast as you can grow, making it unnecessary to pay for compute resources you do not need or use.
  2. Networking. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is designed to be flexible, secure, and highly available, with superior bandwidth that keeps things fast. You get enterprise-grade private cloud-based networks, which you control as if it is your own onsite data center.
  3. Storage. Data is booming and you need to have the storage resources to keep up. On top of using local non-volatile memory express solid-state drives, you can rely on Oracle Cloud Infrastructure for every storage use case you might have.
  4. Database. With Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, you can get database on demand, whether you deploy it on Oracle Exadata, bare metal, or virtual machines.
  5. Containers. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure uses open source technologies such as Kubernetes and Docker.
  6. FastConnect. You do not waste time in connecting from your network to your own private cloud.
  7. Edge Services. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure makes use of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure DNS and Email Delivery to help your users communicate and perform faster.
  8. Governance. You can enable the cloud resource control and security, giving you audit visibility for your public APIs.


Bare Metal Instances

Today, we are taking a closer look at the Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute, specifically at the bare metal instances.

Oracle gives you virtualized compute instances, just like other cloud providers. But the company sets itself apart by also offering NVMe storage that you can use to host applications that would require very low latency. It also offers bare metal instances, or those that work without a hypervisor and are just perfect for your most important applications.

There are several types of bare metal instances. These are:

  • Standard instances, which are ideal for general-purpose workloads. Standard instances have the right balance of memory, network resources, and cores; as such they handle a wide variety of use cases and applications. Remote block volumes give you low latency, and can handle as many as 25,000 input output operations per second per volume. You can set it up to have anywhere from 50 GB to 16 TB for each volume.
  • HighIO instances are for workloads that require high input output operations per second. HighIO instances also give you local NVMe-based SSDs. It can give you fast random I/O, low latency, and high throughput, making it perfect for resources hogging database workloads.
  • DenseIO instances are for those processes that have the most demanding local storage and IOPS requirements, such as workloads on big databases, big data processes, and high performance computing.


Details of these bare metal instances are as follows:

Category Shape Intel Xeon Processor OCPU Memory (GB) Up to 512 TB of remote Block Volumes NVMe SSD (TB)
Standard instances BM.Standard1.36 2.3 GHz E5-2699 v3 36 512 Yes N/A
Standard instances BM.Standard2.52 2.0 GHz Platinum 8167M 52 768 Yes N/A
High IO instances BM.HighIO1.36 2.3 GHz E5-2699 v3 36 512 Yes 12.8
DenseIO BM.DenseIO1.36 2.3 GHz E5-2699 v3 36 512 Yes 28.8
DenseIO BM.DenseIO2.52 2.0 GHz Platinum 8167M 52 768 Yes 51.2


No matter which one you choose, you can be sure that it runs on an optimized network that is designed to minimize competition for network access and maximize speed and performance.



Oracle competes with several big cloud offerings such as Microsoft Azure, AWS, and Google Cloud Platform, among many others. The thing is that when you compare any cloud service with on-premises infrastructure, the cloud platform always loses out when it comes to performance. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances closes that gap.

In fact, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances promises that its performance, versatility, level of control, and availability would be similar to those of on-premise systems. It would be able to support the most demanding workloads of the most important applications that you have. This is guaranteed by Oracle’s new cloud SLA. After tests were conducted with bare metal instances as opposed to VM, on both NVMe and network block storage, the bare metal instances showed very low latency.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure also has good storage, rivaling even the best shared storage services available today.

On top of these, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances also stands out because of its simple and easy management. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances comes with a management GUI that is intuitive. You can figure out where to go and what to do just by looking at the tabs. Everything you need to know are neatly categorized and you can easily view all the information you need in one screen. For instance, you can see all the instances according to the date they were created, among other filters.

If you need more information, you can just click on the ellipses next to each instance. This will bring up more information about that particular instance, such as if it is running. You can even add tags, create a custom image, reboot, stop, terminate, or start that instance, and even attach block volumes to it.

Lastly, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure is much faster and easier to deploy than having to build out the same or comparable hardware on your own data center.

All in all, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute Bare Metal Instances help Oracle drive the competitors out of the running as far as speed and performance go. If you have mission critical applications and your business relies on high performance cloud, then you should look into Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

Screenshot photo courtesy of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.

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