Compute Bare Metal Instances

Oracle Cloud Infrastructure (OCI) Compute bare metal instances provide customers with isolation and control with dedicated physical server access. Bare metal instances support applications that require high core counts, large amounts of memory, and high bandwidth—scaling up to 192 cores (the largest in the industry), 2.3 TB of RAM, and up to 1 PB of block storage. Customers can build cloud environments in Oracle’s bare metal instances with significant performance improvements over other public clouds and on-premises data centers.

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New capabilities for radically simple cloud infrastructure

OCI’s new capabilities range from compute instances and block volumes that can dynamically adjust to meet demand to high performance NVIDIA GPU instances.

IDC: OCI delivers high business value

Surveyed organizations realized benefits of $5 million per year from IT staff productivity gains, risk mitigation, business productivity gains, and IT cost reductions.

Key features of OCI Compute bare metal instances

Dedicated cloud computing with full control

Complete control over the entire cloud stack

Bare metal instances enable customers to run high performance, latency-sensitive, specialized, and traditional workloads directly on dedicated server hardware—just as they would on-premises. Bare metal instances are ideal for workloads that need to run in nonvirtualized environments.

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 and scalability for demanding workloads

Performance by design

Customers leverage the latest generation hardware—without the overhead of virtualization—to achieve high levels of performance for the most demanding workloads. All-flash local storage with adjacent high-performance block storage, provides the ideal platform for IOPS-intensive workloads.

Ideal for high performance computing (HPC) workloads

The Oracle Cloud Infrastructure HPC platform includes bare-metal compute instances, low latency cluster networks (based on Remote Direct Memory Access (RDMA) running over converged ethernet (RoCE), high-performance storage solutions and files systems, network traffic isolation, and the tools customers need to automate and run jobs in the cloud.

No "noisy neighbors"

Layer 2 network virtualization provides isolation and as a result, customer workloads are not affected by any other customer activity. When coupled with the fact that we do not oversubscribe compute, networking or storage resources, customers can expect maximum performance from the entire bare metal instance.

Servers designed for a range of workloads

Choose the best configuration

Match your workload with the correct instance types to find your ideal fit.

  • Standard instances: Pair with block volumes or object storage to gain storage persistence and meet traditional application needs.
  • Dense I/O instances: Gain speed, performance, and the throughput advantages that local Non-Volatile Memory express (NVMe) storage provides.
  • HPC instances: Take advantage of RDMA cluster networking for the most demanding workloads.
  • GPU instances: Bare metal GPU instances offer high performance for demanding applications that run sophisticated algorithms such as machine learning and data telemetry analysis.
  • Optimized instances: Run compute-intensive and high-performance computing workloads that require high CPU performance and low latencies.
Choose Intel, AMD, or Ampere processors

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

  • 160 cores of Ampere Altra 3.0GHz 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

Secure cloud infrastructure

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

Prevent attacks on customer tenancies with isolated network virtualization. A foundational element of Oracle Cloud infrastructure’s security-first architecture, the design stops malware in its tracks 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).

Choice of operating systems and application images

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 and 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.

Microservices and containers

Container registry

Developers building applications using containers leverage a highly available, Oracle-managed private container registry service for storing and sharing container images. Push or pull Docker images to and from the registry using the Docker V2 API and the standard Docker command line interface (CLI). Images can be pulled directly into a Kubernetes deployment.

Oracle Container Engine for Kubernetes

Developers building cloud native applications utilize our managed Kubernetes service to run highly available clusters with the control and security enterprises require. Users can eliminate cluster management and administrative overhead while getting the latest Kubernetes updates automatically and keeping pace with the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF).

Oracle Functions

Functions as a service (FaaS) lets developers run serverless applications that integrate with Oracle Cloud Infrastructure, Oracle Cloud Applications, and third-party services. Gain developer efficiency along with the community of the open source Fn Project.

Use cases for bare metal instances

Sustainable ingredient company modernizes with Oracle Cloud

“We have a number of critical Oracle applications, many of which rely on Oracle Database. Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Database on bare metal met our stringent performance requirements.”

Tom Morgan
Oracle Apps DBA Manager, Darling Ingredients

Oracle Red Bull Racing delivers championship season

“Due to all the simulations before the race even starts, it's very easy to adapt a different strategy during the race because everything is there, everything is prepared.”

Max Verstappen
Oracle Red Bull Racing Driver

Toyota moves high-performance workloads to Oracle Cloud

“OCI has incredible performance, and running computational fluid dynamics simulations with it has allowed us to improve the speed of computations and to optimize costs.”

Shinichi Noda
Group Leader, DX Promotion Division, Toyota Motor

Altair tests and runs complex simulations overnight on OCI

“We looked for the best price-performance, security, and VMware integrations. We found that in Oracle Cloud Infrastructure.”

Sam Mahalingam
Chief Technology Officer, Altair

Softdrive offers next-generation workstations with OCI and NVIDIA

“In the cloud PC market, performance means everything. NVIDIA GPUs on OCI bare metal servers have dramatically improved the experience for our customers.”

Leonard Ivey
Cofounder, Softdrive

July 6, 2023

Available now: E5 instances on AMD EPYC processors for up to 2X better performance

Mia Yu, Principal Product Manager, Oracle

We’re excited to announce the general availability of Oracle Cloud Infrastructure Compute E5 Standard bare metal and virtual machine instances based on fourth-generation AMD EPYC processors (code-named "Genoa").

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