Press Release

OVHcloud Metal Instances combines the best of Bare Metal with the convenience of pay as you go and infrastructure as code

Press Release

OVHcloud, the European Cloud leader and Bare Metal pioneer, announces the launch of Metal Instances. New to the Public Cloud universe, these instances leverage the tremendous compute power of Bare Metal servers, support an infrastructure as code deployment methodology and benefit from the flexibility and convenience Public Cloud is known for with a pay as you go model.

In a typical Cloud-native environment, applications are decoupled from the underlying hardware so that they can scale thanks to the Cloud on-demand elasticity. This way, under the hood hardware becomes abstract and can be trimmed on the fly to answer specific peak periods. But not all apps are created equal, and some workloads might require dedicated hardware resources for their execution, whether it’s for control, isolation, or performance. Metal Instances are specifically designed to address this need offering on-demand availability and quick deployment times based on automated and standardized large-scale roll out through infrastructure as code made possible by OpenStack and Terraform native support. Last but not least, Metal Instances benefit from a pay as you go billing model (down to the hour) enabling customers to pay exactly for the compute capacity they consume.

Full control of the hardware

Metal Instances offer exactly what customers can expect from the Bare Metal forerunner: complete control of the hardware with access to the full CPU resources. Being run on 100% dedicated single tenant physical servers, Metal Instances support on-demand deploy through standard OpenStack API, benefit from Cloud automation capabilities and can be integrated into the full Public Cloud ecosystem of OVHcloud services.

“From the creation of our own dedicated Bare Metal servers, where we have full control of the design thanks to our unique integrated model, to the availability of Metal Instances, Bare Metal is going full circle to address every Cloud compute need one might think of” said Thierry Souche, Chief Technical Officer, OVHcloud.

“OVHcloud has long proven its commitment towards Open Source and OpenStack with its dedicated servers and Public Cloud offerings. Being a hefty contributor with a class of it own OpenStack distribution, the Group attempts to combine the best of both world with its new Metal Instances. Those new instances are a significant leap being addressable through OpenStack maintaining full compatibility with baseline tools” said Thierry Carrez, general manager of the OpenInfra Foundation.

Bare Metal as a Service 

Metal Instances are built for a variety of workloads requiring specific hardware regardless of the purpose: performance, licensing, or low-level software customization. Thanks to Metal Instances, customers will benefit from a unique and flexible on-demand Cloud offer spanning across 3 different instances:

  • bm-s1 is powered by an Intel Xeon-E 2274G (4C/8T), 2x 960 GB SSD with hourly pricing of 0,5 euros,
  • bm-m1 is powered by an Intel Xeon-E 2288G (8C/16T), 2x 960 GB SSD with hourly pricing of 0,85 euros,
  • bm-l1 is powered by an AMD EPYC 7371 (16C/32T), 2x 960 GB SSD with hourly pricing of 1,45 euros,

Each instance is teamed with a 1 Gbit/s guaranteed public network link and a 2 Gbit/s guaranteed private network. True to OVHcloud’s commitments when it comes to price predictability, the cost includes incoming and outgoing traffic.

A solution that offers data protection and sustainability 

Metal Instances benefit from OVHcloud well known expertise in infrastructure, offering a trusted Cloud in environmentally friendly datacenters. With the highest security and data protection standards in the form of ISO 27001 certification and HDS, data are immune to extra-territorial laws. OVHcloud datacenters take advantage of its unique industrial model with a watercooling system that contributes in a sustainable Cloud allowing to reach best-in-class PUE/WUE indexes (see more data here).


Metal Instances bm-s1, bm-m1 and bm-l1 are available in Canada (BHS), France (GRA & SBG), Germany (LIM), United Kingdom (ERI) and Poland (WAW) and ready to click in less than 3 minutes.



About OVHcloud

OVHcloud is a global player and the leading European cloud provider operating over 450,000 servers within 33 data centers across 4 continents to reach 1,6 million customers in over 140 countries. Spearheading a trusted cloud and pioneering a sustainable cloud with the best price-performance ratio, the Group has been leveraging for over 20 years an integrated model that guarantees total control of its value chain: from the design of its servers to the construction and management of its data centers, including the orchestration of its fiber-optic network. This unique approach enables OVHcloud to independently cover all the uses of its customers so they can seize the benefits of an environmentally conscious model with a frugal use of resources and a carbon footprint reaching the best ratios in the industry. OVHcloud now offers customers the latest-generation solutions combining performance, predictable pricing, and complete data sovereignty to support their unfettered growth.

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