Maintenance Subscriptions Options
Allow users to subscribe to maintenance events impacting specific components, metros, and/or racks
IAM/SSO Support with 3rd Party Directory
We have many requests for IAM and SSO functionality as part of the platform.
On-Demand Dedicated Fabric ports
It would be great to be able to order dedicated Fabric ports on an on-demand basis. This would be useful primarily for users that want to get access to a dedicated port immediately instead of waiting for the ports/cross-connect setup period.
Role Based Access Control (RBAC) / Delegated Administration
Enterprise grade RBAC for users, orgs, projects, resources, etc.
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.
RBAC - Read-only / support role
Create a role to give authorized users read-only permissions to perform support tasks on a project, such as open support tickets
Automated shared Fabric connections
It would be great to have the workflow for creating shared Fabric connections automated similar to how it works on AWS. The proposed workflow is as follows: Creation: User creates Fabric connection in Fabric portal towards Equinix Metal. Automation generates a connection that is pending for approval on the Equinix Metal portal. (Should also be able to do auto approval when using automation tools such as Terraform) User approves the connection on the Equinix Metal portal and can then associate the virtual circuit with their internal VLAN. Deletion: User deletes Connection in Equinix Metal portal which also automatically deletes the connection on the Fabric portal.
IPMI Abstraction Endpoint
Many cloud infrastructure and BMaaS related software stacks are either dependent or feature-tied to accessing the in-chassis lifecycle controller (iDRAC, iLO, IPMI etc) of a Bare Metal server via raw, local network access IPMI. Equinix Metal protects IPMI access to the lifecycle controllers by design, making them inaccessible to customer software that would expect direct privileged access. An abstraction or translation endpoint (or other tool / path that achieves the same end) that could act as a plug-n-play endpoint for lifecycle control IPMI access and orchestration would allow customers running those "IPMI dependent stacks" to bring that infrastructure to Equinix Metal without these potentially substantial operational burden of re-packaging or re-writing those complicated software stacks. The most common assumed uses of ipmi against a life cycle controller are the following: ipmitool -H $HOST -I lanplus chassis power on ipmitool -H $HOST -I lanplus chassis power off ipmitool -H $HOST -I lanplus chassis power status ipmitool -H $HOST -I lanplus chassis bootdev $VAR
Nvidia GPU support
Ability to create machines with highend GPU for ML/AI applications. Ex: A100
NVME Block Device as a Service
Provide a high performance, low latency NVME-as-a-Service offering that can be attached to any server as a block device of variable size and with key performance guarantees. To a customer, this would feel like a high performance "EBS" style volume. For SmartNIC enabled servers, customers would have automatic attachment and performance management. For non-SmartNIC servers, customers would attach themselves.