Equinix Adds the Latest Arm and AI Technology to Its Bare Metal Platform

Global data center colocation provider Equinix has added additional technologies to Equinix Metal, its bare metal server offering, which businesses can use as a service, including the latest technologies from AMD, Ampere, Intel, Nutanix, and NVIDIA’s full-stack accelerated computing. Businesses will be able to develop and grow as-a-service (aaS) offerings, update existing infrastructure, and power hybrid multicloud architectures and cloud native apps with this extension of functionality and availability.

According to Gartner, less than 10% of newly procured premises-oriented compute and storage are used as-a-service in 2021. This figure is going to reach 40% by 2025.

These new solutions offered by Equinix would help customers achieve the highest processing power and throughput. The hybrid infrastructure and on-demand AI are the remarkable features of this new metal platform. With close nearness to clouds and end-users, customers can take their digital capabilities to the next level using a few clicks. The Equinix Metal Platform would redefine the concept of cloud hosting and related activities perfectly.

“As the world’s digital infrastructure company, Equinix delivers foundational infrastructure across clouds and to the edge, interconnecting them all,” said Zac Smith, Managing Director, Equinix Metal. “When customers combine this foundation with Equinix Metal’s on-demand, state-of-the-art silicon and enterprise solutions alongside Equinix’s efforts toward its goal of becoming climate-neutral globally by 2030, they no longer have to trade peace of mind for power and performance.”

Application deployment, maintenance, and scalability get better

Many IT companies and developers utilize Equinix Metal’s tried and tested APIs, DevOps tools integrations, and top-of-the-line Kubernetes ecosystem nowadays. These Equinix solutions help them position and manage their applications perfectly. The remarkable thing is that customers can keep everything close to the networks, clouds, partners, and users.

Key features and benefits of the enhanced bare metal offering would include:

  • New hardware line-up – The Equinix Metal comes with a new hardware line-up. It contains the most advanced processors like third generation Intel Xeon and third generation AMD EPYC. These processors are equipped with scalable processing features and built-in artificial intelligence accelerators.
  • NVIDIA Artificial intelligence – NVIDIA and Equinix have decided to join hands to introduce the LaunchPad solution to 9 Equinix IBX data centers to support the Equinix metal environments. This intuitive helps businesses position and manage artificial intelligence in NVIDIA DGX or Equinix Metal foundry with effortless ease.
  • Workload-optimized Servers – Another notable feature of Equinix Metal is its inventive workload-optimized servers. Customers can deploy infrastructure customized for specialized workloads like memory databases and AI training.
  • Complete flexibility to use applications on different platforms – With the Nutanix Cloud Platform Certification, Equinix Metal offers excellent flexibility to operate applications on various platforms with a single, unified management plane across on-premise, bare metal, and public cloud environments. Customers can expect smooth deployment and enhanced business agility.
  • 6 Extra Metros – The availability of Equinix Metal will be extended to six more metros, including Atlanta, Montreal, Helsinki, Stockholm, Osaka, and Melbourne in 2022. Equinix also offers networking and interconnection using Network Edge and Equinix Fabric to help customer applications get global reach in minutes.

Ecosystem expansion

Zac Smith, Managing Director, Equinix Metal
“When customers combine this foundation with Equinix Metal’s on-demand, state-of-the-art silicon and enterprise solutions alongside Equinix’s efforts toward its goal of becoming climate-neutral globally by 2030, they no longer have to trade peace of mind for power and performance,” said Zac Smith, Managing Director, Equinix Metal.

The certification and supply of cloud images for the users of Equinix Metal will be performed by experts or maintainers of VyOS, Rocky Linux, Alma Linux, Alpine Linux, Talos, NixOS, FreeBSD, Debian, and Ubuntu.

With properly documented and proven solutions from partners like Kubermatic HarperDB, Mist.io, Macrometa, Era Software, and Cycle.io, Equinix broadened its ecosystem to deliver the best experience for users.

“The expanding breadth and rapid pace of today’s data center workloads require leading performance and flexibility optimally delivered by Intel’s 3rd Gen Intel Xeon Scalable processors,” said Anurag Handa, VP and GM, Cloud & Enterprise Solutions Group, Intel. “It is the foundation for powering the industry’s broadest range of workloads on Equinix Metal, driving new levels of efficiency and scale with advanced built-in acceleration capabilities like security, crypto, and AI.”

“At Nutanix, our mission is to make managing IT infrastructure so simple that it becomes invisible,” said Thomas Cornely, SVP Product Management, Nutanix. “Our customers use Nutanix to simplify their hybrid multicloud journey, allowing their workloads to run on the private or public clouds that are best aligned to their needs. By certifying Nutanix Cloud Platform on Equinix Metal, we are enriching our customers’ choices and helping them further unify their Nutanix environments across private and public clouds.”

“Enterprises are eager to adopt AI to develop new industry-specific services that can improve healthcare, agriculture, manufacturing, retail and more,” said Manuvir Das, Head of Enterprise Computing, NVIDIA. “NVIDIA LaunchPad makes it easier than ever for businesses to learn how to develop and deploy AI on accelerated infrastructure on Equinix Metal, with the option to continue working on Equinix as they move forward into production.”

“The world is demanding ever higher computing power to fuel the technology that impacts all parts of our daily lives, and AMD EPYC processors provide the high-performance compute to meet that demand,” said Lynn Comp, Corporate Vice President, Cloud Business, AMD. “We are excited to collaborate with Equinix to deliver end customers an efficient, scalable and compute-intensive capable solution leveraging the 3rd Gen AMD EPYC processors through our collaboration on their next-gen bare metal offering.”

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