Equinix Metal™ is an automated, interconnected, low-latency bare metal-as-a-service, that is available in global locations across Platform Equinix®. We enable digital businesses to more quickly be at the center of the customers, suppliers, and partners with whom they want to connect.
To get started on Equinix Metal, you'll need to create an account.
Visit console.equinix.com/signup/ and fill in the required information. We recommend that you use a company-affiliated email address if you are creating an account that will be used professionally.
If you are looking to join an existing organization, you should have that organization's administrator send you an invite. Otherwise, you will be asked to create an organization, which is a billable entity under which all projects and resources sit. Please note: as the organization owner you’ll need to provide a valid payment method. A temporary authorization charge of $1 USD will be placed on the card, which will be removed within 5 days.
If you want to receive abuse and maintenance email notifications at an address that is different from your login (such as email@example.com), you’ll have a chance to do that while creating the organization. You can also configure these settings at a later time.
After you sign up, use the Getting Started checklist to create a project, get all set up with SSH Keys and API Keys, and then you can move on to deploying servers.
Deploying Your First Server¶
To get familiar with the platform, we recommend deploying a small test machine in the portal. Right now you probably have an empty project, so on the Servers tab, click the + New Server button. You will get three deployment options, and since this is an introduction, choose On Demand.
Locations and Server Sizes¶
First, you’ll need to decide where to deploy, and also which kind of server you want to test. For getting started, we recommend the
c3.small.x86 server, which costs $0.50 per hour.
Selecting an Operating System¶
We offer a wide variety of operating systems to choose from, including Linux distributions, Windows, and VMware ESXi (All to browse the various available options). By default our system will select the latest stable OS version, but if available, you can select an alternate version using the dropdown.
Numbers, Naming, and Optional Settings¶
If you wish, you can select to provision more than one server with the same configuration. Provide a hostname for your server(s) in the Hostname field, or use the auto-generated one (note: underscores are not accepted).
You also have a variety of optional settings, which are not necessary for just testing out a single server, but might come in handy in future deployments.
Once you have everything selected, review your choices, check out your cost estimate in the Summary section, and click the Deploy Now button!
Your First Server - An Overview¶
Once your server is finished provisioning, you get a server Overview and management console.
Get started planning how to deploy servers that match your use-cases.
- Get into customizing your deployments with other supported operating systems or Custom iPXE.
- Automate everything about your infrastructure management with the Equinix Metal API, or the CLI and other libraries.
- Take a look at how to set up Layer 2 networking. Or set up backend transfer to get your servers to talk to each other, even across data centers.
- Install a Kubernetes cluster, so you can start moving your containerized applications to Equinix Metal.
- Consider your workloads. If you are looking to guarantee that servers are available when you need them, check out Reserved Hardware. If you have flexible workloads spread across many locations, check out The Spot Market.