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Vultr Bare Metal Servers

Author: David Finster

Last Updated: Thu, Dec 1, 2022
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Introduction

Vultr Bare Metal gives you a dedicated, single-tenant environment to power your most resource-intensive workloads. You have access to the underlying physical server without virtualization, and the server hardware is 100% yours, with no noisy neighbors. There are zero shared resources and no metered CPU and IOPS resource limits. Vultr Bare Metal is a true single-tenant environment without the management overhead of traditional dedicated servers.

Bare Metal Locations

Every Bare Metal server includes a burstable network connection to bring low-latency, high-speed throughput closer to your users. Bare Metal is available in the following locations:

Asia

Australia

Europe

North America

Feature Comparison

Intel E3-1270v6

  • CPU: 3.8Ghz, 4 cores, 8 threads

  • Storage: 2 x 240GB SSD

  • Memory: 32GB RAM

  • Bandwidth: 5TB / Month

  • Network: 10GbE Ethernet

  • API Plan ID: vbm-4c-32g

Intel E-2286G

  • CPU: 4.0GHz, 6 cores, 12 threads

  • Storage: 2 x 960GB SSD

  • Memory: 32GB RAM

  • Bandwidth: 10TB / Month

  • Network: 10GbE Ethernet

  • API Plan ID: vbm-6c-32g

Intel E-2288G

  • CPU: 3.7GHz, 8 cores, 16 threads

  • Storage: 2 x 2TB NVMe

  • Memory: 128GB RAM

  • Bandwidth: 10TB / Month

  • Network: 10GbE Ethernet

  • API Plan ID: vbm-8c-132gb

AMD EPYC 7443P

  • CPU: 2.85Ghz, 24 cores, 48 threads

  • Storage: 2 x 480GB SSD, 2 x 1.9TB NVMe

  • Memory: 256GB RAM

  • Bandwidth: 10TB / Month

  • Network: 25GbE Ethernet

  • API Plan ID: vbm-24c-256gb-amd

Plan-Specific Information

Intel-based Plans

These plans use Supermicro servers with Intel processors. They have two physical storage devices that you can configure as individual volumes or combined as a software RAID 1 array when deploying Linux servers. Windows servers do not support software RAID on the initial deployment, but you can configure software RAID in Windows device manager. In addition, our Intel-based plans allow you to burst speeds up to 10 Gigabit.

AMD Plan

This plan uses Dell servers with AMD processors. AMD servers have two SSD volumes you can configure with or without RAID on Linux servers, plus two raw NVMe devices you can format and use as needed. Windows servers do not support software RAID on the initial deployment, but you can configure software RAID in Windows device manager. AMD-based Bare Metal servers allow you to burst speeds up to 25 Gigabit.

Vultr Marketplace and Bare Metal

Some, but not all Vultr Marketplace applications support RAID 1 on Bare Metal. This is a vendor-specific option, and not all vendors support RAID.

How to add a Bare Metal server to a VPC

You can add a bare metal server to a Virtual Private Cloud (VPC), which allows the server to communicate privately with other servers in that VPC, or a peered VPC. You'll follow different steps depending on whether the server is already deployed or not.

Add an existing bare metal server to a VPC

  1. Create a new VPC if one doesn't already exist in the same location as your server.

  2. Navigate to the Instances page in the Vultr customer portal.

  3. Click your bare metal server to open its Overview page.

  4. Click the Settings tab.

  5. Look for the VPC Network section in the IPv4 menu. Your options will vary depending on the number of VPCs you have in the server's location.

    • If you have only one VPC, click the Enable VPC button and confirm the pop-up dialog.

    • If you have multiple VPCs, choose your desired VPC from the drop-down, then click Attach VPC.

After the VPC attachment completes, you need to manually configure the IP address on the new network interface or restart your server to allow cloud-init to configure the VPC automatically for you.

Deploy a new bare metal server with a VPC

When deploying a new bare metal server, you can create a new VPC or select an existing one.

  1. Navigate to the bare metal deployment page.

  2. Make your selections for location, plan, and other options.

  3. In the Additional Features section, check the Enable Virtual Private Clouds box.

If you have existing VPCs, you can choose one or create a new one. If you have no VPCs, a new one will be created for you.

Frequently Asked Questions

How am I billed for my instances?

All servers on your account are billed hourly up to the monthly rate cap. The hourly rate is determined by dividing the monthly rate by 672 hours (28 days). Therefore, if your server is online for more than 672 hours in a calendar month, you will only be billed the monthly rate. Accumulated charges are invoiced to your account on the 1st of every month.

Do you charge for stopped bare metal servers?

Yes, servers in a "stopped" state continue to reserve the machine for your use and therefore incur charges until you release this server. If you wish to no longer accumulate charges for a server, please use the DESTROY button in the customer portal.

How do bare metal instances differ from compute instances?

Bare Metal instances offer direct access to dedicated servers with no noisy neighbors. Compared to compute instances which are deployed in a virtualized cloud environment, Bare Metal grants you unrestricted access to the underlying physical servers making these servers suitable for even the most resource intensive workloads.

What operating system templates do you offer?

We offer many Linux and Windows options. We do not offer OpenBSD or FreeBSD images for Vultr Bare Metal. Use our iPXE boot feature if you need to install a custom operating system.

Which cloud features does bare metal currently support?

Vultr Bare Metal supports a wide range of our Vultr cloud features, including:

  • All stock operating system images

  • Startup scripts

  • SSH key preloading

  • VPC networks

  • You can reserve IP addresses and attach them as additional addresses directly through the customer portal.

  • You can also attach reserved addresses with BGP as floating IPs. The reserved IP:

    • Must not be assigned to any instance or Bare Metal subscription

    • Must be in the same region as the Bare Metal subscription.

These features are unavailable for use with Bare Metal through the customer portal:

  • Vultr Firewall

  • Snapshots

  • Custom ISOs

  • Block Storage

See the article Custom ISO on Bare Metal for a workaround if you need Custom ISOs.

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