Provide a service to host and provision customer operating system images
A number of customers want to provision operating systems / images that are not on the standard operating system list: https://metal.equinix.com/developers/docs/operating-systems/supported/ Equinix Metal allows for provisioning custom images: https://metal.equinix.com/developers/docs/operating-systems/custom-ipxe/ However, this requires maintaining a PXE server. GOAL: Provide a service where customers could upload their operating system images. These would be distributed within the Metal cloud and could then be provisioned by the customer on their server instances.
VyOS as an Officially Supported OS
Support VyOS 1.3 as an official operating system inline with offerings on AWS, GCP, etc. "VyOS is a Debian GNU/Linux-based open source network operating system with VPN, router and firewall functionality out of the box. With a primary focus on routing, we offer our users access to enterprise-grade services such as powerful traffic filtering, flow analysis, high availability topologies, IPsec, OpenVPN and NAT. A flexible selection of VPN technologies, including DMVPN and even modern WireGuard, along with advanced dynamic routing support, transforms VyOS into a centralized management hub for connecting your network environments and bridging the gap between cloud-based and on-premises infrastructure."
Rocky Linux 9 Support
The latest version of Rocky Linux was released July 14, 2022. https://rockylinux.org/news/rocky-linux-9-0-ga-release/
FreeBSD 13 as an Officially Supported OS
Support FreeBSD 13 as an official Equinix Metal operating system.
Add support for Red Hat Enterprise Linux 9 when it is released (estimated May 2022).
Support for Hyper-V server core mode
Customers don't need full GUI for production Hyper-V hosts. Server core is more stable, needs less patching, has lower attack surface, is more stable and less server resources are consumed to run it.