Dedicated Port Pricing Update
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We first unlocked the capability for customers to connect to Equinix Metal with dedicated connections (leveraging a dedicated port on Equinix Metal's infrastructure) back in 2021. At the time, we didn't prioritize the billing system constructs (long story!) to charge for this feature, so it has been chugging along at a $0 rate.
In September we reached out to all customers currently using this feature via email to notify them that we would begin charging on November 1st, 2022. However, we made the mistake of not posting this on our changelog for wider visibility. Sorry about that!!
How does dedicated port pricing work?
When taking advantage of dedicated ports for connectivity to and from Equinix Metal (via either Fabric or cross connect), there are two fees that will be applied to your Equinix Metal bill in addition to any Fabric or cross connect charges:
  1. Non-Recurring Charge (NRC)
    . We charge a one-time fee for the cost of reserving a full port on our distribution tier infrastructure and the operational time for setup
  2. Monthly-Recurring Charge (MRC)
    . We charge a recurring monthly fee to support the work of maintaining routers, switches, east / west capacity, etc. Because were providing the networking capacity within the datacenter, we have to scale our routing/spine/leaf network to move traffic from any server in the Metal platform to the appropriate interconnection point.
Current pricing is listed below for convenience. Any questions? Let's talk!
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Hourly Interconnection w/ "Metal Billed" Fabric VC's
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According to a recent Forrester Total Economic Impact™ (TEI) study, folks who leverage interconnection and deploy services at the edge can see a 328% return on investment and 30% minimum latency reduction.
But, to be honest, this whole "private internet" thing has been a bit hard to take advantage of, even with Equinix Metal. To cut the work down by about 50%, we've unlocked a new "Metal Billed" option for local Fabric virtual connections.
With this option, you can consume local Equinix Fabric virtual connections
on an hourly, flat-rate basis
. Pricing starts at just $0.15 / hr for a 50 MB connection and tops out at $1.00 / hr for 10 Gbps!
All fees are included on a single Equinix Metal invoice.
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Stockholm Metro Live
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We love Sweden, and we love adding to our global Metal footprint. With only a few weeks left in this "open up a bunch of new metros" year, we're crossing Stockholm off the list today.
As you might expect, we'll celebrate the launch of SK with something cozy, like waffles with our own team-made Maple syrup. Or maybe we'll follow the NYTimes, who has us covered with their recent "36 hours in Stockholm" bit.
Here's what you should know about our Stockholm metro:
  • It's our 2nd metro in the Nordics, following Helsinki last month
  • Fun fact, Stockholm to Helsinki is a ~7ms round trip. DR anyone?
  • SK is our 7th metro in Europe. Watch out Americas!
  • We have plenty of m3.small + n3.xlarge inventory available on demand
  • Grab any of our configs, including Workload Optimized, via reservation
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Atlanta, Montreal and Helsinki - Let's Go!
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To close the quarter and kick off the season change, we're tying a bow on three new metros: Atlanta, Montreal, and Helsinki.
Each of these new metros is live and will feature increasing amounts of core on-demand and reserved capacity (m3.small and n3.xlarge). Other standard Gen3 configs, Workload Optimized, and partner solutions like Dell Powerstore or Pure Storage on Equinix Metal.
Your mission? Come and get 'em!
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Welcome to the New Metal Console!
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Woot woot — a new version of the Metal console rolls out today. As we mentioned in a recent blog post, this is more than a fresh coat of paint: thanks to an entirely new codebase, you should see some significant boosts in performance in addition to improved usability.
If you encounter any bugs that stop you from doing your work (or are just plain annoying!), please drop a note in our live chat bubble and we’ll get our team right on it.
As always, we’d love to hear your feedback on what’s good, bad, and otherwise. We have a Canny category for Metal Console feedback ideas, on our Community Slack, and you can reach out with any questions, comments, or concerns to support@equinixmetal.com.
Let’s fly!
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Talos is Live as an official OS!
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Have you heard of Talos? It's Linux designed for Kubernetes – secure, immutable, and minimal. Things we love:
  • All system management is done via an API. No SSH, shell, or console!
  • Supports some of the most significant Kubernetes clusters in the world.
  • Open source project from the fantastic team at Sidero Labs.
Since we love Talos and love Linux, we made it available as an official OS, deployable across all of our latest and greatest hardware. Don't believe us? Here's a picture!
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NixOS 22.05 Released
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Our friends at Determinate Systems help us keep the NixOS train running on time, or at least pretty darn close!
Today we rolled out support for NixOS 22.05 (“Quokka”), which includes a variety of improvements that you can find on the NixOS changelog.
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SR-IOV enabled by default on n3.xlarge servers
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The single root I/O virtualization (SR-IOV) interface has been around for a long time, but in order to take advantage of it on Equinix Metal servers, you previously had to jump through some hoops (usually with a reserved instance). Sorry about that!
As of today, we've enabled SR-IOV on all of the n3.xlarge servers in our fleet.
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Alpine Linux 3.15 is now an Official OS
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We've been fans, supporters, and users of Alpine Linux for a long time. As their tagline proudly declares, it's small, simple, and secure. What's not to love?
That's why it's especially exciting to add Alpine Linux 3.15 to our list of official operating systems. You'll find it available via our portal and API for our most popular Gen2 and Gen3 hardware platforms. A special thanks to Carlo Landmeter and the Alpine Linux team for partnering with us to make this happen.
If you want to know what's cool about 3.15, check out this 9to5linux article for a run down.
Zoom zoom!
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Ubuntu 22.04 Released
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It's always fun to have the latest shiny make an appearance on the Equinix Metal platform. Today it is Ubuntu 22.04, an LTS release with a great name (Jammy Jellyfish) which is available to deploy on-demand for our Gen2 and Gen3 configs.
Lots of goodies in this release including:
  • Better support for confidential computing
  • Optimizations for Arm Neoverse-based platforms like our Ampere c3.large.arm64
  • Full desktop support for Raspberry Pi!
  • Readily available NVIDIA GPU drivers
  • Linux kernel version 5.15
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