mini-servers to give the sweet, sweet, taste of equinix metal
Something that gives people just enough metal to get a feel, without a massive up-front expense. The old intel atom c2550 | c2750 (rangeley) series were ideal for getting people familiar with cloud metal, bgp etc, and all the awesome things packet/equinix brings to the table, but without the high price point of the larger servers. I don't know if this is possible, but we still hang onto our reserved ones, they're perfect little puppies.
Select Networking Mode During Server Provisioning
Allow options for server networking mode during device creation, e.g. choose to deploy a server in Layer 2 Bonded.
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.
Provide ability to specify a subnet range from your own subnet in management IP allocation
Currently when using your own subnet for provisioning an instance, the API will allow you to select the elastic IP block but it does not provide the option to specify a range within that block. For example let say a customer has a /30 IP block containing 4 IPs. When the whole block is available, they would like to use the second /31 available in that block instead of the first. We should add a dropdown list that dynamically changes as the customer selects the subnet size, for example if they select /31 subnet size the drop down list will show both blocks available within the /30 elastic IP block that the customer can specify to use. The improvement should be similar to what we currently offer when attaching an Elastic IP to an instance where it shows all the available blocks within an Elastic IP subnet.