Bare metal instances

With industry-leading core counts (scaling up to 192 cores), 2.3 TB of RAM, up to 1 PB of block storage, and high bandwidth, Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Compute bare metal instances offer significant performance improvement over other cloud and on-premises infrastructure.

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Why choose OCI bare metal instances?


OCI bare metal instances are optimized for performance, flexibility, and cost. Bare metal instances from other cloud providers cost 67% more than comparable ones from OCI.

Full control

Oracle installs zero software on its bare metal instances, unlike other cloud providers. As a result, customers maintain full control over the entire cloud stack just as they would on-premises.


Shielded bare metal instances, hardware root of trust, and off-box virtualization are designed to reduce malicious attacks and help applications run securely.

Key features of bare metal instances

Complete control over the entire cloud stack

Bare metal instances let customers run high performance, latency-sensitive, specialized, and traditional workloads directly on dedicated server hardware—just as they would on-premises.

No agents or hypervisor needed

Other cloud providers install agents and additional software, but at Oracle we install zero software on bare metal instances. As a result, customers gain increased security and performance within an environment that offers consistency in response to application calls.

Secured within your tenancy

Bare metal instances are managed within a secure virtual cloud network (VCN), where customers get security, isolation, and governance features by default. Networking is readily extended to access any adjacent Oracle Cloud Infrastructure service.

Performance by design

Customers leverage the latest generation compute without the overhead of virtualization to achieve high levels of performance for demanding workloads. Local flash storage with adjacent high performance block storage provides the ideal platform for IOPS-intensive workloads.

Ideal for high performance computing (HPC)

OCI bare metal instances, along with low latency cluster networks (based on RDMA) and high performance file and storage systems, are designed to run HPC workloads.

No “noisy neighbors”

Layer 2 network virtualization provides isolation; as a result, customer workloads aren’t affected by any other customer activity. Because we also don’t oversubscribe compute or networking and storage resources, customers can expect maximum performance from the entire bare metal instance.

Choose the best configuration

Match your workload with the correct instance type to find the ideal fit: standard bare metal instances, GPU bare metal instances, dense I/O instances, HPC instances, or optimized instances.

Choose Intel, AMD, or Ampere processors

Processors from industry leaders provide optimal performance, based on workload needs.

  • 160 cores of Ampere Altra 3 GHz processors in a dual socket server
  • Up to 192 cores on AMD EPYC processors
  • Up to 2,304 GB of RAM
  • Up to 1 PB of block storage
  • 2X 50 Gb/sec or 1X 100 Gb/sec network interfaces for standard and dense I/O instances

GPU instances

Bare metal powered by NVIDIA A10 Tensor Core, GH200 Grace Hopper Superchip, and GB200 NVL72 GPUs let customers run demanding AI/ML training and inferencing workloads.

Cluster networking

High-speed RDMA cluster networking, powered by NVIDIA Mellanox ConnectX-5 100 Gb/sec network interface cards with RDMA over Converged Ethernet version 2, lets you create large clusters of GPU instances with the same ultralow-latency networking and application scalability you expect on-premises.

Confidential bare metal instances

Users have the option to enable confidential computing on select bare metal instances in select regions. Once enabled, these bare metal instances use AMD's Secure Memory Encryption technology to encrypt data being processed, preventing unauthorized access or modification of the data.

Isolated network virtualization

Help prevent attacks on customer tenancies with isolated network virtualization. A foundational element of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure’s security-first architecture, the design helps stop malware with a custom-designed SmartNIC to isolate and virtualize the network.

Hardware root of trust

Reduce the risk of firmware-based attacks against Oracle Cloud Infrastructure customer tenants with custom-built, hardware-based, root-of-trust-technology designed to wipe and reinstall the firmware every time a new server is provisioned or a new customer tenancy is established.

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Vault

Centrally manage and maintain control of the encryption keys and secret credentials used to protect enterprise data and access resources. The security for both are stored in Federal Information Processing Standards (FIPS) 140-2, Level 3-certified, hardware security module (HSM).

Choose from popular operating systems

Oracle supports an extensive list of Microsoft Windows Server and enterprise Linux operating systems, including Oracle Linux, CentOS, Ubuntu, and many others. Oracle Autonomous Linux is a free, autonomous operating environment that reduces complexity and human error to deliver increased cost savings, security and availability.

Launch disk images from Oracle partners

Easily discover and launch images for Oracle Applications and third-party business applications from an expanding ecosystem of Oracle partners.

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Bring your own image (BYOI)

Customers can run their own operating systems and hypervisors on Oracle compute instances and use the same image across configuration sizes.

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Try 20+ Always Free cloud services, with a 30-day trial for even more

Oracle offers a Free Tier with no time limits on more than 20 services such as Compute, Storage, and Autonomous Database, as well as US$300 in free credits to try additional cloud services. Get the details and sign up for your free account today.

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    • 200 GB total block storage
    • 10 GB object storage
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Explore virtual machines

OCI offers two types of instances: bare metal servers and virtual machines. Explore why bare metal servers are ideal for workloads that benefit from physical server access for the highest performance and isolation.

See how much you can save with OCI

Oracle Cloud pricing is simple, with consistent low pricing worldwide, supporting a wide range of use cases. To estimate your low rate, check out the cost estimator and configure the services to suit your needs.

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  • 1/4 the outbound bandwidth costs
  • 3X the compute price-performance
  • Same low price in every region
  • Low pricing without long term commitments

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