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Equinix unveils fully automated and interconnected bare metal service

Equinix unveils fully automated and interconnected bare metal service

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Equinix, a digital infrastructure company, has announced the availability of Equinix Metal, a fully automated and interconnected bare metal service. Equinix Metal provides digital businesses with an automated, as-a-Service deployment method to build their foundational infrastructure and take advantage of the global reach, interconnected ecosystems and trusted partners available on Platform Equinix. Equinix Metal is available in Equinix International Business Exchange (IBX) data centers across four global metros (Amsterdam, New York, Silicon Valley and Washington, D.C.) and is expected to be available in 14 global metros by early 2021.

With this new service, companies have the option to deploy the physical infrastructure of their choice at software speed across Equinix’s trusted platform. Together with other digital infrastructure building blocks in the Equinix portfolio, customers now have a broad range of physical and virtual deployment alternatives to place infrastructure wherever they need it and connect to everything they need to succeed.

Featuring native integration with Equinix Cloud Exchange Fabric, which has been renamed Equinix Fabric, Equinix Metal helps enterprises seamlessly deploy hybrid multi-cloud architectures and quickly access thousands of networks, enterprises and clouds on Platform Equinix. By delivering high-performance dedicated servers in minutes via popular developer tools in both on-demand and reserved models, Equinix Metal helps businesses extract greater value from Platform Equinix’s rich ecosystems more quickly, more easily and in more places than ever before.

Building upon the recent acquisition of Packet – as well as technologies developed at Equinix – the addition of Equinix Metal expands Equinix’s ability to help more companies gain digital advantage. By combining Packet’s expertise in API-first, hardware automation and provisioning with Equinix’s global reach, interconnection prowess and proximity to valuable ecosystems, Equinix Metal offers a powerful infrastructure building block on which digital leaders can deploy and scale their preferred infrastructure with agility and confidence.

Raj Dutt, Founder and CEO, Grafana Labs, said: Grafana provides its mission-critical observability platform to the largest companies in the world. By deploying Grafana Cloud on Equinix Metal and adding direct, private connectivity through Equinix Fabric, our customers can more easily and securely interact with their metrics, logs and dashboards across on-prem, public or private cloud or at the edge.”

Chris Wright, Senior Vice President and Chief Technology Officer, Red Hat, said:Red Hat has championed an industry vision for open hybrid cloud architectures, with a consistent foundation from bare metal to virtualized infrastructures and the cloud, enabling customers to truly build any app anywhere. Collaborating with partners like Equinix to help enable our customers’ hybrid cloud success is a key part of that vision, which is why we are pleased to be working with them to deliver Red Hat OpenShift on the Equinix Metal service.”

Mark Bowker, Senior Analyst, ESG, said: With COVID-19 we’ve seen enterprises accelerate their Digital Transformation plans from years to months. Today’s digital leaders are increasingly gaining a competitive advantage by leveraging infrastructure choices that meet their exact needs and can be deployed globally and interconnected. By augmenting its portfolio of foundational services with high-performance, fully automated compute, the addition of Equinix Metal can help digital businesses extract greater value from Platform Equinix’s rich ecosystems and global interconnection fabric and rapidly deploy the physical infrastructure of their choice.”

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