Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

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Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

We recently had the opportunity to test the Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server. It’s equipped with an Intel(R) Xeon(R) E-2278G CPU @ 3.40GHz Processor, sporting a setup that includes 32GB RAM, two 480GB SSDs, two 10Gbps Network Ports, one Intel HD Graphics P630, one IPv4 address, and one IPv6 address.

Our team runs several tests to see how it performs: the Basic Benchmark, Yabs, and Unix Benchmark to check its essential metrics, the Global Node Test for a thorough network check, and the Global Ping Test to measure latency.

We’ll also see how it handles media with the Media Unlock Test, examine connection quality with the CloudFlare Internet Test, and check web performance using tools like PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix Performance.

About Equinix

Equinix Metal represents a significant advancement in the field of digital infrastructure. It’s a service that provides high-performance bare metal directly integrated with Equinix Fabric. This integration allows users to deploy powerful infrastructure across global locations in minutes.

Let’s delve into the specifics. Equinix Metal offers rapid provisioning. This means setting up and deploying a single service on Equinix Metal takes only minutes. An end-to-end deployment can be up and running within an hour. This speed translates into a faster time-to-market for applications.

Moreover, Equinix Metal provides expanded global reach. It allows users to discover and reach anyone on demand, including cloud, sellers, partners, vendors, customers, and employees. This feature is possible through a single connection.

Another key feature of Equinix Metal is its on-demand connectivity. Users can connect a database or application tier on any cloud to another database or application tier in the cloud, as well as internal and external cloud services.

Equinix Metal also offers award-winning interconnection services. These include Equinix Fabric’s worldwide reach. This feature enables users to securely connect and deploy a data center platform that brings users, networks, applications, and cloud systems closer to their data.

Official Website: https://www.Equinix.com

BasicBench: Server Profile, I/O Speed, Upload and Download Speed

 CPU Model          : Intel(R) Xeon(R) E-2278G CPU @ 3.40GHz
 CPU Cores          : 16 @ 1352.717 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 16384 KB
 AES-NI             : ✓ Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : ✓ Enabled
 Total Disk         : 439.1 GB (1.7 GB Used)
 Total Mem          : 31.2 GB (716.7 MB Used)
 Total Swap         : 1.9 GB (0 Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 14 min
 Load average       : 0.10, 0.08, 0.06
 OS                 : Debian GNU/Linux 11
 Arch               : x86_64 (64 Bit)
 Kernel             : 5.10.0-28-amd64
 TCP CC             : bbr
 Virtualization     : Dedicated
 IPv4/IPv6          : ✓ Online / ✓ Online
 Organization       : AS54825 Packet Host, Inc.
 Location           : Kau Wa Keng / HK
 Region             : Kwai Tsing
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 I/O Speed(1st run) : 405 MB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 424 MB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 408 MB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 412.3 MB/s
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 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    485.08 Mbps       515.35 Mbps         0.70 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  664.52 Mbps       2225.26 Mbps        136.65 ms   
 Dallas, US       519.19 Mbps       2493.33 Mbps        165.33 ms   
 Montreal, CA     386.33 Mbps       921.40 Mbps         244.59 ms   
 Paris, FR        353.85 Mbps       2676.71 Mbps        241.93 ms   
 Amsterdam, NL    297.92 Mbps       2906.80 Mbps        313.97 ms   
 Hongkong, CN     9329.33 Mbps      9284.66 Mbps        0.83 ms     
 Mumbai, IN       2126.11 Mbps      6863.99 Mbps        91.21 ms    
 Singapore, SG    3799.19 Mbps      15613.41 Mbps       35.58 ms    
 Tokyo, JP        1663.18 Mbps      11875.03 Mbps       42.17 ms    
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 5 min 7 sec
 Timestamp          : 2024-02-29 00:38:29 UTC

YabsBench: Disk Speed, iperf3 Network Speed, Geekbench 6 Benchmark

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Uptime     : 0 days, 0 hours, 19 minutes
Processor  : Intel(R) Xeon(R) E-2278G CPU @ 3.40GHz
CPU cores  : 16 @ 4411.638 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 31.2 GiB
Swap       : 1.9 GiB
Disk       : 437.2 GiB
Distro     : Debian GNU/Linux 11 (bullseye)
Kernel     : 5.10.0-28-amd64
VM Type    : NONE
IPv4/IPv6  : ✔ Online / ✔ Online

IPv6 Network Information:
---------------------------------
ISP        : Packet Host, Inc.
ASN        : AS54825 Packet Host, Inc.
Host       : Packet Host, Inc.
Location   : Ha Kwai Chung, Kwai Tsing (NKT)
Country    : Hong Kong

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 150.53 MB/s  (37.6k) | 159.72 MB/s   (2.4k)
Write      | 150.93 MB/s  (37.7k) | 160.56 MB/s   (2.5k)
Total      | 301.46 MB/s  (75.3k) | 320.29 MB/s   (5.0k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 204.10 MB/s    (398) | 219.79 MB/s    (214)
Write      | 214.94 MB/s    (419) | 234.43 MB/s    (228)
Total      | 419.05 MB/s    (817) | 454.22 MB/s    (442)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 520 Mbits/sec   | busy            | 240 ms         
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | 2.09 Gbits/sec  | 1.58 Gbits/sec  | 182 ms         
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 792 Mbits/sec   | 778 Mbits/sec   | 244 ms         
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 4.75 Gbits/sec  | 3.23 Gbits/sec  | 207 ms         
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 501 Mbits/sec   | 872 Mbits/sec   | 219 ms         
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 835 Mbits/sec   | 1.10 Gbits/sec  | 195 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 823 Mbits/sec   | 1.11 Gbits/sec  | 192 ms         

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv6):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 656 Mbits/sec   | 867 Mbits/sec   | 240 ms         
Scaleway        | Paris, FR (10G)           | 2.17 Gbits/sec  | 1.75 Gbits/sec  | 195 ms         
NovoServe       | North Holland, NL (40G)   | 660 Mbits/sec   | 772 Mbits/sec   | 244 ms         
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 1.48 Gbits/sec  | 1.53 Gbits/sec  | 206 ms         
Clouvider       | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 758 Mbits/sec   | 1.00 Gbits/sec  | 219 ms         
Clouvider       | Dallas, TX, US (10G)      | 844 Mbits/sec   | 1.09 Gbits/sec  | 195 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 972 Mbits/sec   | 1.20 Gbits/sec  | 192 ms         

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 1882                          
Multi Core      | 8775                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/5110176

YABS completed in 13 min 29 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A Score Higher is Better

Benchmark Run: Thu Feb 29 2024 00:53:58 - 01:21:56
16 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       64574048.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     9572.8 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               8574.3 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1824087.0 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          480933.9 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       5139239.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             3438217.1 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 360089.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              18987.3 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   6071.5 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                  10621.9 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        3813242.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   64574048.5   5533.3
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       9572.8   1740.5
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       8574.3   1994.0
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1824087.0   4606.3
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     480933.9   2905.9
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    5139239.4   8860.8
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    3438217.1   2763.8
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     360089.0    900.2
Process Creation                                126.0      18987.3   1506.9
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       6071.5   1432.0
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0      10621.9  17703.2
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3813242.7   2542.2
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        3008.8

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Thu Feb 29 2024 01:21:56 - 01:49:58
16 CPUs in system; running 16 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables      548050427.5 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                   125793.1 MWIPS (10.1 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                              62567.0 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1629431.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          426244.4 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       5248264.5 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                            27599011.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                3556703.7 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                             134447.8 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                 135347.7 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                  17924.3 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                       11403655.3 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0  548050427.5  46962.3
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0     125793.1  22871.5
Execl Throughput                                 43.0      62567.0  14550.5
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1629431.7   4114.7
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     426244.4   2575.5
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    5248264.5   9048.7
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0   27599011.2  22185.7
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0    3556703.7   8891.8
Process Creation                                126.0     134447.8  10670.5
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4     135347.7  31921.6
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0      17924.3  29873.8
System Call Overhead                          15000.0   11403655.3   7602.4
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                       12980.0

======= Script description and score comparison completed! ======= 

Looking Glass

Test IPv4: 145.40.125.17

Test IPv6: 2604:1380:51:600::1

https://metal.equinix.com/developers/looking-glass/

Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly :   2.44 KiB/s |    0.02 Mbps  | ping   0.244ms
 Gdrive   :   3.77 KiB/s |    0.03 Mbps  | ping   0.902ms


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA : 157.88 KiB/s |    1.23 Mbps  | ping 204.257ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   : 494.09 KiB/s |    3.86 Mbps  | ping 158.150ms
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     :   1.27 MiB/s |   10.12 Mbps  | ping 258.533ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  16.56 MiB/s |  132.50 Mbps  | ping 208.473ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :  13.97 MiB/s |  111.78 Mbps  | ping 200.527ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :  19.83 MiB/s |  158.60 Mbps  | ping 188.673ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :   6.89 MiB/s |   55.15 Mbps  | ping 218.931ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :  12.28 MiB/s |   98.24 Mbps  | ping 217.336ms


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            :  15.44 MiB/s |  123.48 Mbps  | ping 201.054ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany :  17.26 KiB/s |    0.13 Mbps  | ping 248.774ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :     114 B/s |      N/A       | ping 210.952ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    :   3.76 MiB/s |   30.10 Mbps  | ping 281.340ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         :   9.00 MiB/s |   72.00 Mbps  | ping 239.051ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :     161 B/s |      N/A       | ping 217.733ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :     215 B/s |      N/A       | ping 264.421ms
 Online, France               :  14.45 MiB/s |  115.56 Mbps  | ping 190.106ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :      62 B/s |      N/A       | ping 245.019ms


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     :   7.55 MiB/s |   60.44 Mbps  | ping 251.840ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     138 B/s |      N/A       | ping 236.962ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :   3.17 MiB/s |   25.35 Mbps  | ping 203.286ms
 Prima, Argentina      :  35.64 KiB/s |    0.28 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore :  39.72 MiB/s |  317.76 Mbps  | ping  31.311ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :  33.37 MiB/s |  266.93 Mbps  | ping  55.923ms
 Linode, Singapore    :  58.96 MiB/s |  471.70 Mbps  | ping  31.318ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :  63.65 MiB/s |  509.23 Mbps  | ping  49.509ms


 Benchmark finished in 168 seconds

Global Latency Test

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Query: ping 145.40.125.27, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 145.40.125.27 – RIPENCC /22 AS54825 PACKET – Hong Kong, Kwai Tsing, Ha Kwai Chung

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Thu Feb 29 00:29:47 UTC 2024

 ** Checking Results Under IPv4 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Packet Host (145.40.*.*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: HK)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               No
 YouTube Premium:                       Yes (Region: HK)
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: HK)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          No
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   HK
 Viu.com:                               Yes (Region: HK)
 YouTube CDN:                           Hong Kong 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Hong Kong  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        HKD
 ChatGPT:                               Only Available with Mobile APP
 Bing Region:                           HK
 Instagram Licensed Audio:              Yes
=======================================


 ** Checking Results Under IPv6 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Packet Host (2604:1380:51:*:*) 

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Failed (Network Connection)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               No
 YouTube Premium:                       Yes (Region: HK)
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Unsupported
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Failed (Network Connection)
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   Failed
 Viu.com:                               Failed
 YouTube CDN:                           Hong Kong 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 Hong Kong  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        Failed (Network Connection)
 ChatGPT:                               Failed
 Bing Region:                           HK
 Instagram Licensed Audio:              Yes
=======================================
Testing Done! 

CloudFlare Internet Test

Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

Admin Control Panel

Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

Equinix Metal Console is a web-based interface that serves as a control center for managing your Equinix Metal account. Let’s delve into its key features and functionalities.

Firstly, the console provides a user-friendly interface that allows you to navigate various sections easily. The console’s home page is divided into several main parts, each serving a specific purpose.

The ‘Organizations’ section is the highest level of collating resources. It groups users and permissions and sets the billing for everything inside. You can manage your organizations from this section, update the billing, invite people to your team, and manage and create projects.

Next, we have the ‘Projects’ section. A project is a grouping of resources within an organization, like servers and networking. Each project shares private IP space among its servers and interconnects them.

The ‘Resources’ section includes the actual Metal resources within your project. They include computing resources (servers), networking resources, private interconnections to other resources, projects, clouds, and settings.

In addition, the Equinix Metal Console also allows for the provisioning of all Equinix Metal infrastructure, including servers, storage, VLANs, IP addresses, Virtual Connections, and Dedicated Ports. This can be done from the console or Equinix Metal API.

Server Pricing

Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

Official Website: https://www.Equinix.com

Payments

Equinix Metal offers a straightforward and flexible payment system. When creating an Equinix Metal organization, you must enter a payment method. You can use either a credit card or a PayPal account. If you choose to use a credit card, you need to provide the name on the card, the credit card number, the expiration month and year, the CVV code, and the country and zip code.

Once you’ve established your account and organization, you can update and change your payment method anytime. It’s important to note that you must have a primary payment method associated with your organization if there is at least one project in that organization.

Adding a new payment method is simple. To add a new credit card, you click “+,” select “Credit Card,” and fill in the new credit card details into the fields in the slide-out menu. If you want to add a PayPal account, click “+,” select “PayPal,” then log in to your PayPal account and authorize Equinix Metal to charge your PayPal account.

Enterprises or organizations that prefer to be billed on terms instead of using a credit card or PayPal for automated charges can contact their account manager or the customer success team at [email protected]. Equinix Metal then makes the account information available for you to pay your invoices on the Payment Methods page.

Coupon

$250 credit* Use code DEPLOYNOW to test

*A credit card is required, but you’ll only be charged for usage beyond any applied promo credit. Purchase orders and offline payment methods (wire transfer, etc.) are available via sales engagement.

Customer Support

Equinix Metal offers a comprehensive customer support system. The primary platform for this is the Equinix Customer Portal. This intuitive self-service portal provides fast and seamless support. It allows you to manage support cases, orders for new services, access requests, and order lifecycle. You can also get notifications of events affecting operations, report issues, open trouble tickets, modify account information, manage reports, and view billing history.

In addition to the portal, Equinix Metal offers several other support options. You can start a live chat with a customer support agent. This option is available in English. You can call them if you prefer to speak directly with a customer support agent. For non-urgent requests, you can send an email to [email protected].

Equinix Metal also provides a range of self-service resources. These include Equinix Product Documentation, which offers resources to start quickly and view product availability. The Service Availability Status allows you to view the operational status of Equinix services. The Equinix Community Hub is a platform where you can share knowledge, speak to industry experts, and engage with peers around the globe.

Conclusion

The I/O speed tests revealed consistent performance with an average speed of 412.3MB/s, marking it as good but not exceptional. In contrast, the server’s connectivity and bandwidth capabilities were remarkable, especially highlighted by its performance in Hong Kong, with upload and download speeds nearing 9Gbps and very low latency figures. The global connectivity tests across other regions like Singapore, Tokyo, and Mumbai also showcased impressive bandwidth speeds.

The Yabs performance bench mixed R/W tests showed a total I/O speed of 419.05MB/s and 454.22MB/s for larger blocks, confirming the server’s strong performance in handling mixed read/write operations. Furthermore, the Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test provided a single-core score of 1882, indicating good CPU performance, while the multi-core score of 8775 underscored the server’s capability to manage tasks that demand higher parallel processing efficiently.

UnixBench scores provided deep insights into the server’s CPU performance, scoring exceptionally high in single and parallel test setups. The tests, ranging from computation (Dhrystone and Whetstone tests) to real-world tasks (file copying, shell scripts), exhibited the server’s robust and reliable computing performance.

In conclusion, the Equinix China Hong Kong On Demand Bare Metal Server stands out for its formidable bandwidth and connectivity, reliable CPU performance, and competent handling of mixed read/write operations. It’s a solid choice for businesses looking for a powerful server solution to manage high data transfer comfortably while maintaining low latency across a global network. Whether it’s web hosting, media streaming, or handling heavy computational tasks, this server is built to deliver excellent performance.

Official Website: https://www.Equinix.com

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