Bare Metal Servers

The computing power of a physical server, with the automation and pay-as-you-go flexibility of a virtual machine.

Bare Metal servers in the CenturyLink Cloud deliver the best of both worlds: the computing power of a physical server, plus the automation and pay-as-you-go flexibility of virtual machines.

Choose Bare Metal servers for compute intensive applications like databases, analytics jobs, grid computing and other workloads that require consistent performance. Run apps that aren’t well-suited for a multi-tenant virtualized environment on Bare Metal instead. And because bare metal servers can be provisioned on and off as needed, the service is ideal for “batch” jobs that require bursts of extreme compute power for a few hours at a time.

Best of all, Bare Metal servers are fully integrated into CenturyLink Cloud, so you can create and manage your physical servers alongside your virtual instances, enabling you to host a wide range of apps in a unified interface.

Hourly Billing
Hourly Billing

Bare Metal servers are billed hourly for the life of the server, so you only pay for what's used. Spin up physical machines when you need them, de-provision when you’re done.

Consistent Performance
Consistent Performance

Each Bare Metal’s Compute and Storage is isolated to ensure a higher level of performance sometimes not found in a multi-tenant environment.

Automated and API Accesible

Leverage CenturyLink Cloud’s REST API to create Bare Metal servers, manage power operations and decommission servers.

Integrated Management
Supported by CNS

Use Cloud Network Services – our secure, high-performance transit network – to connect bare metal servers with other infrastructure deployments to create hybrid environments.

Control Portal
Self-Service, Rapid Provisioning

In a traditional data center or colocation environment you measure the provisioning timeline in days, perhaps weeks. This equates to downtime for your organization. With CenturyLink Cloud’s Bare Metal servers, your physical servers are available in an hour or less.

Control Portal
Shared Networking with Virtual Machines

Deploy physical and virtual servers side-by-side in the same Group and VLAN; this dramatically simplifies administration of hybrid deployments.


Bare Metal Servers are available in multiple configuration options

Multiple Configuration Options

CenturyLink Cloud allows you to choose the right server size for your workload.

Bare Metal Servers operating system options

Operating System Variety

Windows Server 2012 R2 Standard Edition, Windows Server 2012 R2 Datacenter Edition, Red Hat Enterprise Linux 6, CentOS 6, and Ubuntu 14 are all available on Bare Metal servers.

Administor your Bare Metal server just like one of our cloud servers

Integrated Management

The CenturyLink Cloud Control Portal gives you immediate access to run and manage your Bare Metal servers just like a virtual machine. This gives you the flexibility of Cloud Virtualization, plus the compute power of a physical server.

Non-Virtualized Applications

Many applications running on-premises or in traditional hosting environments are difficult to virtualize. Bare metal can be an ideal “home” for these applications.

App & Database Servers

Connect elastic cloud servers to high-performing bare metal servers down the stack to manage and scale three-tier applications.

Grid Computing

Many proprietary grid computing algorithms run best on bare metal, since they are often batch jobs and compute intensive.


Deliver an engaging online experience with physical servers that give you more computing power compared to virtualized alternatives.

Real-Time Streaming & Analysis

Real-time security, personalized ad serving, monitoring applications, and media serving all require significant computing power on the fly.

Colocation Migration

Moving from one colocation site to another can be a painful, but necessary process. Have your data and applications shifted to bare metal as an interim step for an easier alternative to forklifting cabinets from one place to another.


Containers will rule the cloud of the future and they will thrive on dedicated servers. Bare Metal Servers with CenturyLink Cloud will give you the operational advantage of a unified platform to operate your infrastructure at faster speeds.

Hadoop & Analytics

Get more computing power with more consistency to manage complex Hadoop and Analytics configurations and deployments.

Consider Bare Metal Servers when...

  • Transitioning from on-premises or datacenter facilities to on-demand cloud infrastructure
  • Applications need to be run off-premises, but their architectures can’t be easily supported in virtualized environments
  • Compliance and security sensitive applications that require physical isolation of data.
  • Large amounts of data processing is needed for short bursts of time, a common scenario in grid computing in the financial services or in oil & gas industries.
  • Transitioning from hosting or colocation to on-demand cloud infrastructure.
Resource hourly monthly
4 core, 16 GB RAM, 2x 1TB Raw HDD

4 cores (1x4)
Intel Xeon E3-1271 v3 @ 3.60 GHz
2x 1TB HDD Raw @ 7200 rpm
0.91 TB RAID 1 usable

$0.56 $403.20
12 core, 64 GB RAM, 4x 2TB Raw HDD

12 cores (2x6)
Intel Xeon E5-2620 v3 @ 2.40 GHz
4x 2TB HDD Raw @ 7200 rpm
5.46 TB RAID 5 usable

$1.65 $1,188.00
20 core, 128 GB RAM, 6x 2TB Raw HDD

20 cores (2x10)
Intel Xeon E5-2650 v3 @ 2.30 GHz
128 GB RAM
6x 2TB HDD Raw @ 7200 rpm
9.09 TB RAID 5 usable

$2.52 $1,814.40

Resources charged hourly, even when bare metal servers are powered off. Monthly estimates based on 720 hours, represent global average price based on available locations. Does not include operating system/software licensing cost.

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