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Networking

Private networking as a service

Take full control of your data flow with L2/L3 networking, BGP, Anycast, BYOIP and direct links to peering exchanges and private onramps to all the major clouds.

Core Networking

Native dual stack (IPv4/IPv6)

We support both IPv4 and IPv6. Just remember: they aren't making more v4 address space, so at some point IPv6 is going to rule! 😉

Layer 2 VLANs

Building on top of our Layer 3 topology, we offer a powerful and flexible VLAN feature that allows you to build private networks easily.

Elastic addressing

Need some magic, floating IPs? Request them on a per-facility basis and assign them programmatically to your infrastructure. No more waiting for DNS! Standard Elastic IP’s cost $0.005 / hour, or about $3.60 per month.

Backend networking

Each Equinix Metal project includes backend (non-routable) IP address space for direct server to server communication over an easy to use private network. Backend traffic within a metro is free.

Global backend transfer

Extend your private backend transfer setup across our global facilities. Customers can use the same secure 'backend transfer' approach to communicate across locations. Backend transfer traffic between metros is charged at $0.03 / GB

Local & Global BGP

Leverage BGP locally within each metro (or globally across our backbone) for high availability and an improved end-user experience. Bring your own IP space with a /24 or larger.

Load Balancers

Our cloud-inspired Load Balancer-as-a-Service (LBaaS) is a simple to deploy, containerized Load Balancer perfect for proxying traffic to backend Metal Servers or public IPv4 addresses. This managed L3/L4 Network Load Balancer leverages the Equinix backbone to communicate with your backends, resulting in lightning quick response times.

Advanced Networking

BYO IP Space (Custom AS)

We support 'Bring Your Own' IP space (/24 or larger block), so you can leverage your own AS instead of Equinix Metal IPs. Need help acquiring IP space? We can suggest reputable IP brokers if you are in the market.

Global Anycast IPs

The magic of an elastic IPv4 address, but flexible across our global data centers. Useful for Anycast scenarios when you don't have your own AS to announce. Global Anycast IP’s cost $0.15 / hour, or about $108 per month. Please note that inbound traffic for Global Anycast IP’s is billed at $0.03 / GB.

Hybrid Bonded mode

In addition to the default LACP bonded mode, you can select a highly available “bonded” setup that supports both Layer 2 and Layer 3 modes at the same time.

Metal Gateway

Want to simplify network connectivity for subnet traffic on Metal? Our Metal Gateway feature automatically provisions a Metro-wide gateway from a new or unused Public or Private IPv4 subnet (/25 to /29) block.

Equinix Fabric

In addition to our hourly “Metal Billed” Fabric VC option for local connections, you can leverage remote connections with a “Fabric Billed” option and take advantage of dedicated ports.

Dedicated Tunnel mode

With our “Dedicated Tunnel” networking mode, you can create a transparent QinQ (aka 802.1q Layer 2 tunnel) connection between a dedicated Fabric port and a Metal instance.

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