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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¶
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
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
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
sdb etc. NVMe drives usually follow the naming scheme of
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.
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.
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.
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.