Article: Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Hardware, Materials, Open Manufacturing, Open Source

Equinix boosts Packet’s Tinkerbell open source bare metal provisioning system

Equinix has announced improvements to the Tinkerbell provisioning system it uses for its Equinix Metal bare-metal infrastructure as a service (IaaS) offering.

Equinix Metal, launched in October 2020, uses technology from Packet, which Equinix bought in January 2020. The enterprise colocation giant says that Tinkerbell already provisions thousands of servers per day for Equinix. It now has additional features, some of them with Peter-Pan-inspired names, and has joined the Sandbox program at the Cloud Neutral Computing Foundation (CNCF), the home of Kubernetes and other open source projects for containers and cloud infrastructure.

“Today we announced that Tinkerbell has added a bunch of new features and gained momentum since joining the CNCF sandbox program,” said Zac Smith. managing director of Equinix Metal.

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Article: Equinix Expanding Capabilities of Its Open Source Bare Metal Automation Platform Tinkerbell

Free, Open Software, Open Source

Equinix Expanding Capabilities of Its Open Source Bare Metal Automation Platform Tinkerbell

More enterprises are said to be taking interest in the platform now that it’s been open sourced as a Cloud Native Computing Foundation project. Here’s a company name you didn’t use to hear in conjunction with open source software release cycles but now increasingly will: Equinix.

When the colocation giant acquired Packet, a bare metal cloud provider, last year, the crown jewel was Packet’s infrastructure automation technology, which made the experience of provisioning bare metal servers similar to that of provisioning VMs in a public cloud.

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