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Equnix Metal

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We're obsessed with making bare metal even more awesome

Seriously, check out these features!

60-Second Deploys

A single gaming server? A full Kubernetes cluster? No sweat! We've reduced most installs to under 60 seconds, so you can tap into bare metal at software speed.

Hourly Pricing

While we love monthly and annual commitments (seriously, call us!), all of our servers and add-on products are billed based upon hourly usage.

Expanding Global Footprint

We’ve announced a roadmap to bring Equinix Metal™ to key metros around the world. From Silicon Valley to Singapore, or Ashburn to Amsterdam, we have you covered!

Reserved Instances

Consume bare metal with a guarantee of getting the exact same physical hardware each time. Don’t forget: we offer discounts of 5-40% based upon term length and volume. Nice!

Spot Market

Bid on spare capacity to reduce the cost of dynamic workloads by deploying additional capacity at reduced rates. Set the conditions of your bid, and submit!

Custom Hardware

Enjoy the benefits of custom RAM and disk options, while retaining the operational and automation benefits of our developer-friendly public cloud. Contract required.

Reinstall Feature

Provision a fresh instance on the same hardware, which is perfect if you want to keep the assigned IP addresses, user data, etc. Consider it a "do over."

Batch Installs

Equinix Metal provides an automated process to provision multiple bare metal servers in batch mode to rapidly install and deploy your application.

SOS (Serial over SSH) Console

Out of band access, for use when a server becomes unreachable due to broken networking, a bad install, misconfiguration, a kernel upgrade, bad firewall rules, etc.

Customer VPN

In addition to SSH only access, users can tap into our open source Doorman VPN to (more) securely manage their infrastructure.

Device Tagging

Tagging is a feature allowing you to apply custom labels to a single device or multiple devices. Device tagging is purely for filtering purposes at this time.

Support When You Need It

We staff our IRC and Slack channels (in addition to email) 24 hours per day with experienced developers and network geeks ready to assist.

x86 (Intel and AMD) and Arm

We offer industry leading OEM / ODM partner hardware running x86 (Intel and AMD) in a variety of sizes to meet workload requirements. Powerful Arm-based machines available by request.

Single Tenant

Spread out and relax as your isolated bare metal server is fully utilized by your workload without any virtualization overhead or noisy neighbors.

NVMe and SSD Storage

All of our server configurations include a variety of local storage, mainly enterprise-grade SSD's or high performing NVMe flash drives.

Mellanox and Intel NICs

Our configs feature the latest NICs from Mellanox and Intel providing massive throughput as well as direct access to advanced features like DPDK & VPP.

SGX and SEV Capable

Leverage Intel’s Software Guard Extensions (SGX) or AMD's Secure Encrypted Virtualization (SEV) to provide hardware level security for sensitive workloads.


Interact programmatically with all aspects of our platform using conventional HTTP requests. Whatever you can do via our portal, you can also do via our API!

Native API Libraries

Consume our API with client libraries in popular languages like Golang, Ruby, Python, Java and PHP. See something that is missing? Let us know!

Metadata & Cloud-init Support

Our metadata service allows you to provide user data during provisioning time to customize your server during the boot process.

DevOps Integrations

From Terraform and Ansible, we're the most "integrated" bare metal platform on the market. Don't see an integration you use? Let us know!

Official CLI

The Equinix Metal CLI wraps our Golang SDK, allowing interaction with the Equinix Metal platform from an intuitive and powerful command-line interface.

Kubernetes Integrations

We work closely with the Kubernetes community to ensure a 1st class experience on Equinix Metal, including official Cluster API, Cloud Controller Manager (CCM), Cluster Autoscaler and kube-vip for load balancing.

Equinix Fabric Integration

Seamlessly create private, secure and low-latency connections to thousands of partners using Equinix Fabric.

Native Dual Stack (IPv4/IPv6)

We support the ability for customers to use both IPv4 and IPv6. Just remember: they aren't making more v4 address space, so at some point IPv6 is going to rule! ;-)

Elastic Addressing

Need some magic, floating IPs? Request them on a per-facility basis and assign them programmatically to your infrastructure. No more waiting for DNS!

Global Anycast IPs

The magic of an elastic IPv4 address, but flexible across our global data centers. Useful for Anycast scenarios when you don't have your own AS to announce.

Backend Networking

Each Equinix Metal project includes backend (non-routable) IP address space for direct server to server communication over an easy to use private network.

Global Backend Transfer

Extend your private backend transfer setup across our global facilities. Customers can use the same secure "backend transfer" approach to communicate across locations.

Layer 3 & Layer 2

We designed our network with a full Layer 3 topology to increase performance and flexibility. Extend to Layer 2 with our powerful VLAN capability.

BYO IP Space (Custom AS)

We support "Bring Your Own" IP space (/24 or larger block), so you can leverage your own AS instead of Equinix Metal IPs. We can suggest reputable IP brokers if you are in the market!

Local & Global BGP

Power dynamic, resilient setups using Border Gateway Protocol (BGP), either within an Equinix Metal facility (local) or across many facilities (global). Note: Global BGP requires your own AS, whereas Local BGP does not.

Hybrid Bonded Mode

Enable a highly available setup of 2 networking interfaces that supports both Layer 2 and Layer 3 modes at the same time (view docs).

Custom iPXE / Custom Image

Equinix Metal offers customers the ability to use a custom operating system image as well as a customized iPXE boot image.

Enterprise Operating Systems

We support industry standard licensed operating systems from leading vendors including Microsoft and Red Hat, as well as a 1st-class experience for VMware ESXi.

Ubuntu, CentOS, Debian, and FreeBSD

Equinix Metal offers and supports the most well-known (and well-loved) open source Linux operating systems.

Image Pinning

With image pinning, you can reference and install a particular release version of any of Equinix Metal official image (or even a custom image). This allows you to test and move to newer images at your own pace.

Container Friendly

If you're a fan of containers, we offer on-demand access to Flatcar Linux, NixOS and other minimalist operating systems.

SSH Access

While each new Equinix Metal server has a root password assigned, it is removed from the customer portal after 24 hours—after which point you’ll need to leverage SSH or to have added a new root password to the machine.

Hardware Lifecycling

We're sorry, but we just don't trust you all! That's why each deleted instance goes through a robust automated process to completely wipe all data, check firmware and validate BIOS settings.

Air Gapped Installs

We've architected our provisioner to work without a public IP, which means that provisions and deprovisions don't require access to the public internet during installation.

Trusted Compute / TPM

Our configurations feature physical TPM chips—a hardware security layer that can be paired with the latest standards library to help secure your environment.

No Agent or Keys

Once we provision a server, it's 100% yours—no agent or keys are installed. Nada, zilch, zero.

Project Support

We are proud to contribute to the projects we all rely upon, including, Golang, Wireguard, and NixOS. Get in touch if your project needs support!

Works on Arm

We've partnered with ARM to make powerful ARM servers available to the software community for testing, porting and continuous integration. Learn more.

Hardware Focus

Many cloud providers compete with the larger software ecosystem. We stay focused on "boring" foundational infrastructure, and work with partners to help them build amazing software experiences on us.

CNCF Community Infrastructure Lab

Equinix provides $1M per year in cloud services for CNCF members to consume for testing, benchmarking, porting and more. Learn more.

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