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Disk Configuration and Storage

Equinix Metal™ offers servers with multiple disk configurations and storage capabilities, as well as managed storage or support for third-party storage solutions.

Server Disk Configurations

Current Generation

  • c3.small.x86 - 2 x 480 GB (1 for Boot)
  • c3.medium.x86 - 2 x 480 GB SSD and 2 x 240 GB SSD (1 for Boot)
  • s3.xlarge.x86 - 2 × 960 GB SSD (1 for Boot), 12 x 8 TB HDD, and 2 x 256 GB of NVMe Flash
  • m3.large.x86 - 2 × 240 GB SSD (1 for Boot) and 2 x 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash
  • n2.xlarge.x86 - 2 × 120 GB SSD (Boot) and 1 x 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash

Second Generation

  • c2.large.arm - 1 × 480 GB SSD
  • c2.medium.x86 - 2 x 480 GB of SSD (1 for Boot)
  • m2.xlarge.x86 - 2 × 120 GB SSD (1 for Boot) and 3.2 TB of NVMe Flash
  • x2.xlarge.x86 - 1 × 120 GB SSD (Boot), 2 × 240 GB SSD, and 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash
  • g2.large.x86 - 1 x 150 GB SSD (Boot), 2 x 480 GB SSD

First Generation

  • t1.small.x86 - 1 × 80 GB SSD
  • c1.small.x86 - 2 × 120 GB SSD
  • c1.large.arm - 1 × 340 GB SSD
  • c1.xlarge.x86 - 2 × 120 GB SSD and 1.6 TB of NVMe Flash
  • s1.large.x86 - 1 x 120 GB SSD (Boot), 2 x 480 GB SSD, and 12 X 2 TB HDD.

Drive Type Naming

It's worth noting that operating systems will use a different naming scheme for NVMe drives compared to standard SSDs and HDDs, which are usually seen in the format of sda, sdb etc. NVMe drives usually follow the naming scheme of nvme0n1, nvme1n1 etc.

To get accurate drive names, we suggest that you deploy the server and go into rescue mode (Alpine OS). Then run fdisk -l to list all drives.

Customizing Your Disk Configurations

If you want to be able to customize your disk configurations at provisioning time, you can use the Custom Partitioning and RAID feature, available through reserved hardware.

Storage-focused Servers

Equinix Metal offers some servers with hardware specifically for building out storage. They have plan names starting with s, like the s3.xlarge.x86, which comes with 12 x 8 TB HDD.

But some of our other server also come with large amounts of storage in the form of NVMe flash drives, like the m3.large.x86, which comes with 2 x 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash. Large NVMe storage drives do require a little bit of configuration to partition and format, which is covered on the Configuring NVME Flash Drives page.

Pure Storage

Equinix Metal offers Pure Storage as a single-tenant, high-performance, hosted storage solution. With this service, you can leverage Pure Storage FlashArray appliances in an “as a service” model in any of Equinix Metal’s global locations. If you are interested we provide a solution brief and contact form. The Pure Storage page has an overview on what's involved in appliance set up and configuration.

Third-party, DIY Solutions

Since Equinix Metal offers bare metal servers, you can architect your own storage by using third-party developed solutions.

For example, MinIO provides Object Storage for bare metal, API compatibility with other cloud providers, and has an open-source Equinix Metal Terraform MinIO template.

If you are running Kubernetes, you have many options for managing cluster storage. Our technical guides contain a Guide to Kubernetes Storage, and using Block Storage - Rook with Ceph.

Elastic Block Storage

Elastic Block Storage was a solution offered by Equinix Metal built upon Datera, which is being retired by June 2021. Its documentation and deprecation announcement will still be available on the Elastic Block Storage page until that time.

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