I'd love to have 256-way servers available, for maximum performance. These would be incredibly competitive, surpassing the best available offerings from AWS and GCP at the moment (whose normal offerings top out at 96 and 224 CPUs respectively). While I'm sure some applications will want a huge amount of memory to go with that, in my case I'd be happy with around 2GB per CPU. It'd likely make sense to have a "high compute" version in that range, as well as an offering with 4+GB per CPU for more memory-intensive workloads.
Ensure Boot Drives use SW RAID 1
All instances, unless overridden by CPR, should use SW RAID 1 for boot drives by default.
SW RAID Selection
Allow any on-demand instances to be able to select SW RAID when provisioning, either via API or portal selection.
Support Arista Routers as Custom Appliances on Metal
Similar to how Pure Storage is deployed today, allow customers to order their own dedicated Arista to use for high-performance interconnection environments.
Support Nutanix Cloud Platform on Equinix Metal
Nutanix Cloud Platform on Equinix Metal https://metal.equinix.com/ecosystem/partners/nutanix/
High Memory Configuration for Hyper-converged or In Memory Workloads
We should consider a premium server offering with 1.5TB+ of RAM to meet hyper-converged and in-memory server workloads.
Intel Ice Lake-based c3.small.x86 (iGPU)
With Ice Lake's iGPU having VP9 hardware encoding support it would be a very efficient option for some of our workloads instead of burning lots of CPU cores (and wall clock time would be lower as well).
Additional GPU Server Options for Inference and Training
Can we get server options with GPUs?