Podcast: Can’t Kill the Metal | Data Center Knowledge

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In the newest episode of Uptime with Data Center Knowledge, we take a look at the evolution of naked steel servers.

To discover out extra about the topic, we chat to bothers Jacob and Zachary Smith – co-founders of Packet, a naked steel internet hosting service that was acquired by data center giant Equinix in 2020, in a deal value $335 million. Packet turned the basis of the new Equinix Metal enterprise, led by Zac as its managing director, and Jacob – as the VP of naked steel technique and advertising and marketing

Correction: Soon after we recorded this episode, Zac was promoted to head of edge infrastructure providers at Equinix, and Jacob – to interim lead of the digital providers go-to-market.

According to the Smiths, the key points of interest of naked steel are velocity and efficiency: Equinix Metal may be arrange in any supported facility in as little as quarter-hour, to run virtually any workload on devoted, bodily servers. The course of is significantly totally different from dealing with servers used to run public cloud purposes, the place the {hardware} is commonly shared between a number of customers.

Jacob himself jokes that “nobody actually cares about servers” – however there are many purposes that profit from naked steel, particularly in organizations that worth automation and are closely invested in customized software program stacks.

For such prospects, naked steel represents selection – a devoted server is a clean canvas, unburdened by a number of layers of advanced software program that permits typical cloud workloads. The buyer alone will determine what the machine will do, and the way it will do it.

We additionally talk about:

  • Open Source software program growth at Equinix
  • Why Equinix Metal doesn’t handle Kubernetes
  • How to enhance sustainability at the server stage


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