Customers would like to have the ability to request a server with SR-IOV enabled, either as a option to toggle on reboot or for a new installation.
Support Diverse Placement of Infrastructure (HA/Diversity)
As we add more location options, the Metal platform should support more control on the placement of infrastructure and transparency in fault domains.
Ability to have an Internet gateway and enable private IP space or VLANs to access the Internet through a default route.
Global IPv6 Anycast Support
The existing Global IPv4 Anycast feature should be replicated for IPv6. Equinix advertises a block on customers' behalf at most/all sites and carves out individual (or blocks of) addresses from within that advertisement on demand for each customer. The assigned IPv6 /56 block to each org/project/site can be used to replicate the IPv4 Public IP feature (using local BGP), however there is no dedicated Equinix provided IPv6 block for Global Anycast. A customer could bring their own IPv6 space, however since the Global IPv4 feature exists now this seems like an easy evolution to IPv6. Probably goes without saying, but Global IPv6 shouldn't cost $0.15/hr/address though.
Use Your IPs as Equinix Metal Elastic IPs
Instead of running and configuring BIRD to announce your block on Equinix Metal... users supply their ASN and IP blocks so they can be managed as an Elastic IP Address Pool. Users control where they want to attach their IPs through the portal and API, just like Equinix Metal Elastic IPs!
rDNS support for Elastic IPs
Provide the ability to manage rDNS/PTR entries for Elastic IPs and extra IPs inside an instance's management subnet. Currently Equinix Metal only creates a PTR record for the main instance IP.
Allow Z-Side to Z-Side Fabric Connectivity
Currently, only an A-side can initiate connections to a Z-side on Fabric. Which means that if a Metal customer wants to connect to another Z-side, they either need to get a dedicated port or use a Network Edge device to act as an A-Side.
Private Cloud Layer 2 Networking for VCF
To meet the needs of VMware VCF and VMware 7 automation, a solution to deliver the same VLAN on unbonded individual links is required. VMWare handles the HA for the network after the deploy is complete. We have worked with VMware engineering and there is no practical way to deploy VCF without this feature. https://docs.vmware.com/en/VMware-Cloud-Foundation/4.1/vcf-41-ovdeploy-guide.pdf
Dedicated Fabric Port Order flow in Equinix Fabric Portal
Create a workflow in Equinix Fabric Portal specifically for ordering Dedicated Fabric Ports for Metal.