Frequently Asked Questions
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- What is a bare metal instance?
- How is a bare metal server different from a cloud compute instance?
- How do I place a request for a bare metal instance?
- How do I create a bare metal instance?
- Why am I charged in advance for bare metal?
Bare metal instances are non-virtualized machines created from physical hardware deployed in a non-virtualized environment and dedicated for the exclusive usage of a single user. The single-tenant environment of the bare metal instances makes them ideal for performing resource-intensive tasks demanding high computing power.
Unlike cloud compute instances that are powered by a cloud server deployed in a virtualized environment with multiple tenants, a bare metal server grants the user unrestricted direct access and complete control on the underlying server hardware, its processor, and resources without any resource sharing.
To submit a request for bare metal instance,
- Sign in to your IDrive Compute account.
- Click Create Instance on the web console.
- Select Bare Metal Server.
- Select a Region from the drop-down list.
- Choose a plan.
- Add the required number of instances.
- Specify any additional requests, if any, in the Other Details section.
- Click Submit Request.
- Provide confirmation in the popup.
- Your credit card will be charged once you click 'Confirm'.
- Your billing cycle will start immediately after the bare metal instance is provisioned for your account.
- It may take 2-6 weeks to provision the bare-metal instance.
You can check the status by clicking on the top-left corner. Once the bare metal is provisioned you also will be notified by email. You can then proceed to bare-metal instance creation.
To create the bare metal instance,
- On the Instances page, click .
- Click Create Now next to the instance.
- Choose a distribution or select a custom or application stack image which you want to use for creating an instance.
- Select an authentication method for the instance. You can either set an SSH key or a root password for authentication.
- SSH-Keys - Select SSH Keys from the list of pre-added keys. To add a new key, click Add an SSH Key. Enter the key name and your existing SSH Public Key details, click Add Key.
- Password - A root password will be suggested by default. You may use the same password or create a new password.
- Enter User Data in cloud-config format. This is optional.
- Add instance names under Finalize and Create.
- Click Create.