AlmaLinux 9 and Rocky Linux 9 Now Available
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Happy to kick off 2023 with new versions for two popular Linux distributions. Both are available across our Standard Gen3 fleet today!
  • AlmaLinux 9 (notes) comes with the wonderful codename Emerald Puma
  • Rocky Linux 9 (notes) doesn't have a code name, but we still love it.
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Full Flatcar Support for Gen3 Servers
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Hey team!
For a while there we got a bit stale with one of our favorite operating systems: Flatcar Container Linux. Well, we've remedied that.
For those of you who don't know, we support two Flatcar channels, stable and beta. Both are now updated and released with a nice cadence, which can often be quite rapid.
Throw it at us, Flatcar team, we're ready for ya.
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Melbourne Metro Live
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Hip hip hurray!
With the release of our Melbourne (ME) metro into the wild, we're not only completing 12 months worth of builds, but also a milestone in both Australia and Japan: two geographically diverse metros in each country. Shall we call our Aussie regions "AU East" and "AU West"? :-)
Whatever you call it, we've got plenty of m3.small and n3.xlarge's online down under, ready for you to deploy as you start your 2023 journey.
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Osaka Metro is Live
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Truth be told, many of us have never been to Osaka, but it's definitely on the bucket list. And with our newest Equinix Metal Metro, you can get a taste from afar.
OS just launched with a clutch of zippy m3.small inventory and more options (including our n3.xlarge) on the way. Enjoy!
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A big hurrah for FreeBSD 13!
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It's been a long road, but we're super pleased to unlock FreeBSD (specifically FreeBSD 13.1-RELEASE) as an official operating system for our Gen3 configs. You'll find it on our most popular configs today, with the rest coming online shortly.
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This release is the result of a tight collaboration with Dave Cottlehuber, of Skunkwerks, who led the charge and has taken over as our resident "FreeBSD" expert. Thank you Dave!
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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