Disk Configuration and Storage¶
Equinix Metal™ offers servers with multiple disk configurations and storage capabilities, as well as managed storage or support for third-party storage solutions.
Server Disk Configurations¶
Standard Server Plans
c3.medium.x86- 2 x 480 GB SSD and 2 x 240 GB SSD
m3.large.x86- 2 × 240 GB SSD and 2 x 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash
c3.large.arm64- 2 x 960 GB NVMe
s3.xlarge.x86- 2 × 960 GB SSD, 12 x 8 TB HDD, and 2 x 256 GB of NVMe Flash
Legacy Server Plans
c3.small.x86- 2 x 480 GB
n2.xlarge.x86- 2 × 120 GB SSD (Boot) and 1 x 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash
c2.large.arm- 1 × 480 GB SSD
c2.medium.x86- 2 x 480 GB of SSD
m2.xlarge.x86- 2 × 120 GB SSD and 3.2 TB of NVMe Flash
x2.xlarge.x86- 1 × 120 GB SSD (Boot), 2 × 240 GB SSD, and 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash
g2.large.x86- 1 x 150 GB SSD (Boot), 2 x 480 GB SSD
Drive Type Naming¶
It's worth noting that operating systems will use a different naming scheme for NVMe drives compared to standard SSDs and HDDs, which are usually seen in the format of
sdb etc. NVMe drives usually follow the naming scheme of
To get accurate drive names, we suggest that when you provision the server, go into rescue mode (Alpine OS). Then run
fdisk -l to list all drives.
Customizing Your Disk Configurations¶
If you want to be able to customize your disk configurations at provisioning time, you can use the Custom Partitioning and RAID feature, available through reserved hardware.
Equinix Metal offers some servers with hardware specifically for building out storage. They have plan names starting with
s, like the
s3.xlarge.x86, which comes with 12 x 8 TB HDD.
But some of our other server also come with large amounts of storage in the form of NVMe flash drives, like the
m3.large.x86, which comes with 2 x 3.8 TB of NVMe Flash. Large NVMe storage drives do require a little bit of configuration to partition and format, which is covered on the Configuring NVME Flash Drives page.
Equinix Metal offers Dell PowerStore or Pure Storage appliances as hosted storage solutions. Both provide single-tenant, high-performance storage that is available in any of Equinix Metal’s global locations. To get more information about each appliance, check out their solution briefs. To get an overview of what is involved in setting up an appliance on Equinix Metal, see their documentation pages.
- Dell PowerStore on Equinix Metal: solution brief, documentation
- Pure Storage on Equinix Metal: solution brief, documentation
Third-party, DIY Solutions¶
Since Equinix Metal offers bare metal servers, you can architect your own storage by using third-party developed solutions.
For example, MinIO provides Object Storage for bare metal, API compatibility with other cloud providers, and has an open-source Equinix Metal Terraform MinIO template.
If you are running Kubernetes, you have many options for managing cluster storage. Our technical guides contain a Guide to Kubernetes Storage, and using Block Storage - Rook with Ceph.