Equinix United Kingdom London On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

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Equinix United Kingdom London On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

We recently conducted a comprehensive evaluation of the Equinix UK London On Demand Bare Metal Server equipped with an Intel Xeon E-2278G 8-Core Processor at 3.40GHz, 32GB of RAM, two 480GB SSDs, two 10Gbps Ethernet ports, Intel HD Graphics P630, and both IPv4 and IPv6 addresses.

Our team ran several tests to assess its performance. These included Basic Benchmarks, Yabs, and Unix Benchmarks to measure its computing power. We also conducted the Global Node Test to check network speeds across different locations and the Global Ping Test to evaluate latency.

For media accessibility, we used The Media Unlock Test. Additionally, we tested connection quality with the CloudFlare Internet Test and assessed web performance using PageSpeed Insights and GTmetrix.

About Equinix

Firstly, what are Equinix On-Demand Servers? They are a part of the Equinix Metal™ offering. These servers are available on-demand, meaning you can provision and de-provision servers to suit your workload. This flexibility is a game-changer in the industry, allowing businesses to scale their infrastructure dynamically based on their needs.

Equinix Metal™ offers a wide variety of servers eligible for On-Demand deployment. However, since Equinix does not virtualize its infrastructure and provides 100% dedicated machines, there might be times when not all server types are available at every location. But don’t worry! Equinix Metal™ has a solution for more reliable provisioning options – ordering Reserved Hardware.

Regarding cost, On-Demand servers charge a fixed rate per hour. The billing begins when the server is successfully provisioned and ends when the server has been deleted from the user’s project. To help you estimate the cost of an On-Demand deployment, Equinix Metal™ offers a Pricing Calculator.

You can deploy a new server by selecting one of your Projects, and under Bare Metal Servers, choose Deploy. Then, click on Deploy On-Demand. You can select your Metro and server type based on Metro’s capacity. After that, choose an Operating System. You can adjust the number under Select Number of Servers if you want to deploy more than one server. You can also name your servers by changing the pre-filled host names.

Under Optional Settings, you can configure your servers’ IP addresses, user data, or SSH key access. Your choices will be summarized in the Summary table. Once you are happy with the summary, you can deploy your server by clicking Deploy Now.

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 @ 800.049 MHz
 CPU Cache          : 16384 KB
 AES-NI             : ✓ Enabled
 VM-x/AMD-V         : ✓ Enabled
 Total Disk         : 439.1 GB (1.7 GB Used)
 Total Mem          : 31.1 GB (704.3 MB Used)
 Total Swap         : 1.9 GB (0 Used)
 System uptime      : 0 days, 0 hour 9 min
 Load average       : 0.16, 0.19, 0.13
 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           : London / GB
 Region             : England
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 I/O Speed(1st run) : 414 MB/s
 I/O Speed(2nd run) : 401 MB/s
 I/O Speed(3rd run) : 394 MB/s
 I/O Speed(average) : 403.0 MB/s
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 Node Name        Upload Speed      Download Speed      Latency     
 Speedtest.net    8066.61 Mbps      8543.94 Mbps        0.58 ms     
 Los Angeles, US  690.94 Mbps       4534.22 Mbps        131.81 ms   
 Dallas, US       865.59 Mbps       9015.02 Mbps        103.94 ms   
 Montreal, CA     607.22 Mbps       936.44 Mbps         76.49 ms    
 Mumbai, IN       1467.91 Mbps      4900.72 Mbps        144.34 ms   
 Singapore, SG    59.19 Mbps        123.09 Mbps         314.66 ms   
 Tokyo, JP        363.89 Mbps       4049.43 Mbps        241.91 ms   
----------------------------------------------------------------------
 Finished in        : 4 min 4 sec
 Timestamp          : 2024-04-19 00:12:51 UTC

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

Basic System Information:
---------------------------------
Uptime     : 0 days, 0 hours, 30 minutes
Processor  : Intel(R) Xeon(R) E-2278G CPU @ 3.40GHz
CPU cores  : 16 @ 4267.397 MHz
AES-NI     : ✔ Enabled
VM-x/AMD-V : ✔ Enabled
RAM        : 31.1 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   : London, England (ENG)
Country    : United Kingdom

fio Disk Speed Tests (Mixed R/W 50/50):
---------------------------------
Block Size | 4k            (IOPS) | 64k           (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 149.60 MB/s  (37.4k) | 155.75 MB/s   (2.4k)
Write      | 150.00 MB/s  (37.5k) | 156.57 MB/s   (2.4k)
Total      | 299.61 MB/s  (74.9k) | 312.33 MB/s   (4.8k)
           |                      |                     
Block Size | 512k          (IOPS) | 1m            (IOPS)
  ------   | ---            ----  | ----           ---- 
Read       | 206.20 MB/s    (402) | 216.41 MB/s    (211)
Write      | 217.16 MB/s    (424) | 230.83 MB/s    (225)
Total      | 423.36 MB/s    (826) | 447.24 MB/s    (436)

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv4):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 9.19 Gbits/sec  | busy            | 2.07 ms        
Eranium         | Amsterdam, NL (10G)       | 18.7 Gbits/sec  | 18.1 Gbits/sec  | --             
Telia           | Helsinki, FI (10G)        | busy            | busy            | 29.8 ms        
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 4.75 Gbits/sec  | 3.40 Gbits/sec  | 88.9 ms        
Leaseweb        | Singapore, SG (10G)       | busy            | 1.45 Gbits/sec  | 222 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 1.31 Gbits/sec  | 1.67 Gbits/sec  | 139 ms         
Leaseweb        | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 6.67 Gbits/sec  | 5.18 Gbits/sec  | 73.5 ms        
Edgoo           | Sao Paulo, BR (1G)        | 3.27 Gbits/sec  | 923 Mbits/sec   | 139 ms         

iperf3 Network Speed Tests (IPv6):
---------------------------------
Provider        | Location (Link)           | Send Speed      | Recv Speed      | Ping           
Clouvider       | London, UK (10G)          | 9.18 Gbits/sec  | 8.83 Gbits/sec  | 1.94 ms        
Eranium         | Amsterdam, NL (10G)       | busy            | busy            | --             
Uztelecom       | Tashkent, UZ (10G)        | 4.82 Gbits/sec  | 4.16 Gbits/sec  | 88.9 ms        
Leaseweb        | Singapore, SG (10G)       | 1.78 Gbits/sec  | 1.46 Gbits/sec  | 222 ms         
Clouvider       | Los Angeles, CA, US (10G) | 1.31 Gbits/sec  | 1.68 Gbits/sec  | 139 ms         
Leaseweb        | NYC, NY, US (10G)         | 6.64 Gbits/sec  | 5.19 Gbits/sec  | 73.5 ms        
Edgoo           | Sao Paulo, BR (1G)        | 3.27 Gbits/sec  | 1.14 Gbits/sec  | 139 ms         

Geekbench 6 Benchmark Test:
---------------------------------
Test            | Value                         
                |                               
Single Core     | 1890                          
Multi Core      | 8777                          
Full Test       | https://browser.geekbench.com/v6/cpu/5773335

YABS completed in 14 min 58 sec

UnixBench: CPU Performance, A Score Higher is Better

Benchmark Run: Fri Apr 19 2024 00:54:21 - 01:22:19
16 CPUs in system; running 1 parallel copy of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables       65304063.4 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                     9591.0 MWIPS (9.9 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                               8600.2 lps   (29.8 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1838961.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          487903.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       5222043.7 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                             3459997.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                 365246.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                              19582.1 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                   6124.4 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                  10545.6 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                        3830040.0 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0   65304063.4   5595.9
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0       9591.0   1743.8
Execl Throughput                                 43.0       8600.2   2000.1
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1838961.2   4643.8
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     487903.2   2948.1
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    5222043.7   9003.5
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0    3459997.9   2781.3
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0     365246.8    913.1
Process Creation                                126.0      19582.1   1554.1
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4       6124.4   1444.4
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0      10545.6  17576.0
System Call Overhead                          15000.0    3830040.0   2553.4
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                        3036.9

------------------------------------------------------------------------
Benchmark Run: Fri Apr 19 2024 01:22:19 - 01:50:22
16 CPUs in system; running 16 parallel copies of tests

Dhrystone 2 using register variables      549218792.9 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Double-Precision Whetstone                   124997.2 MWIPS (10.2 s, 7 samples)
Execl Throughput                              62256.5 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks       1659170.3 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks          427812.9 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks       5306194.2 KBps  (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Pipe Throughput                            27502384.2 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Pipe-based Context Switching                3559868.8 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)
Process Creation                             133175.1 lps   (30.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                 134837.4 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                  17885.9 lpm   (60.0 s, 2 samples)
System Call Overhead                       10813433.6 lps   (10.0 s, 7 samples)

System Benchmarks Index Values               BASELINE       RESULT    INDEX
Dhrystone 2 using register variables         116700.0  549218792.9  47062.5
Double-Precision Whetstone                       55.0     124997.2  22726.8
Execl Throughput                                 43.0      62256.5  14478.3
File Copy 1024 bufsize 2000 maxblocks          3960.0    1659170.3   4189.8
File Copy 256 bufsize 500 maxblocks            1655.0     427812.9   2585.0
File Copy 4096 bufsize 8000 maxblocks          5800.0    5306194.2   9148.6
Pipe Throughput                               12440.0   27502384.2  22108.0
Pipe-based Context Switching                   4000.0    3559868.8   8899.7
Process Creation                                126.0     133175.1  10569.5
Shell Scripts (1 concurrent)                     42.4     134837.4  31801.3
Shell Scripts (8 concurrent)                      6.0      17885.9  29809.9
System Call Overhead                          15000.0   10813433.6   7209.0
                                                                   ========
System Benchmarks Index Score                                       12928.5

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

Looking Glass

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

Global Node Test

 ## CDN Speedtest

 CacheFly : 833.33 MiB/s | 6666.67 Mbps  | ping   1.252ms
 Gdrive   :   6.67 KiB/s |    0.05 Mbps  | ping   0.374ms


 ## North America Speedtest

 Softlayer, Washington, USA : 887.91 KiB/s |    6.94 Mbps  | ping  74.541ms
 SoftLayer, San Jose, USA   :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 SoftLayer, Dallas, USA     :       0 B/s |      N/A       | ping error!
 Vultr, New Jersey, USA     :   1.05 MiB/s |    8.39 Mbps  | ping  68.648ms
 Vultr, Seattle, USA        :  27.96 MiB/s |  223.65 Mbps  | ping 134.687ms
 Vultr, Dallas, USA         :  33.67 MiB/s |  269.36 Mbps  | ping 104.719ms
 Vultr, Los Angeles, USA    :  27.74 MiB/s |  221.91 Mbps  | ping 129.059ms
 Ramnode, New York, USA     :  32.14 MiB/s |  257.14 Mbps  | ping  73.889ms
 Ramnode, Atlanta, USA      :  39.23 MiB/s |  313.84 Mbps  | ping  86.945ms


 ## Europe Speedtest

 Vultr, London, UK            : 719.42 MiB/s | 5755.40 Mbps  | ping   1.550ms
 LeaseWeb, Frankfurt, Germany : 211.22 KiB/s |    1.65 Mbps  | ping  12.900ms
 Hetzner, Germany             :   1.08 KiB/s |    0.01 Mbps  | ping  21.609ms
 Ramnode, Alblasserdam, NL    :  99.97 MiB/s |  799.73 Mbps  | ping  10.903ms
 Vultr, Amsterdam, NL         : 531.91 MiB/s | 4255.32 Mbps  | ping   6.609ms
 EDIS, Stockholm, Sweden      :   1.98 KiB/s |    0.02 Mbps  | ping  26.779ms
 OVH, Roubaix, France         :  10.55 KiB/s |    0.08 Mbps  | ping   5.070ms
 Online, France               : 395.72 MiB/s | 3165.72 Mbps  | ping   7.116ms
 Prometeus, Milan, Italy      :   2.67 KiB/s |    0.02 Mbps  | ping  20.178ms


 ## Exotic Speedtest

 Sydney, Australia     :   1.31 MiB/s |   10.44 Mbps  | ping 345.047ms
 Lagoon, New Caledonia :     160 B/s |      N/A       | ping 313.072ms
 Hosteasy, Moldova     :   3.39 MiB/s |   27.11 Mbps  | ping  47.132ms
 Prima, Argentina      : 124.72 KiB/s |    0.97 Mbps  | ping error!


 ## Asia Speedtest

 SoftLayer, Singapore : 301.59 KiB/s |    2.36 Mbps  | ping 177.067ms
 Linode, Tokyo, Japan :   5.49 MiB/s |   43.92 Mbps  | ping 243.575ms
 Linode, Singapore    :   5.98 MiB/s |   47.83 Mbps  | ping 258.010ms
 Vultr, Tokyo, Japan  :   9.77 MiB/s |   78.17 Mbps  | ping 273.848ms


 Benchmark finished in 92 seconds

Global Latency Test

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Query: ping 145.40.113.237, interval: 5s, dense mode: no

Probing 145.40.113.237 – RIPENCC /22 AS54825 PACKET – United Kingdom, England, London

Media Unlock Test

 ** Test Starts At: Fri Apr 19 00:06:19 UTC 2024

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

============[ Multination ]============
 Dazn:                                  Yes (Region: GB)
 HotStar:                               No
 Disney+:                               No
 Netflix:                               Originals Only
 YouTube Premium:                       Yes (Region: GB)
 Amazon Prime Video:                    Yes (Region: GB)
 TVBAnywhere+:                          Yes
 iQyi Oversea Region:                   GB
 Viu.com:                               No
 YouTube CDN:                           London 
 Netflix Preferred CDN:                 London  
 Spotify Registration:                  No
 Steam Currency:                        GBP
 ChatGPT:                               Yes
 Bing Region:                           
 Instagram Licensed Audio:              Yes
=======================================


 ** Checking Results Under IPv6 
--------------------------------
 ** Your Network Provider: Packet Host (2604:1380:21:*:*) 

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

CloudFlare Internet Test

Equinix United Kingdom London On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

PageSpeed Insights

Equinix United Kingdom London On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

GTmetrix Performance

Equinix United Kingdom London On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

Admin Control Panel

Equinix United Kingdom London On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

First, you must sign into the Customer Portal to access the dashboard. From the Administration menu, you can choose User Management. Please note that only Administrators can see the Administration menu.

Once you’re in the User Management dashboard, many options await you. You can filter and access user accounts, run the User Details report, and perform other administrative tasks here. This dashboard is designed to give you complete control over your servers and user accounts.

Now, let’s talk about the Servers and Appliances page. This page allows you to manage and control references to your equipment. You can also see other entries already created by the Equinix team or automation tools. This feature provides a comprehensive view of your server infrastructure.

Server Pricing

Equinix United Kingdom London On Demand Bare Metal Server Test and Review

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

Payments

Equinix On-Demand Servers operate on a pay-as-you-go model. This means you only pay for what you use. The servers are charged at a fixed rate per hour. The billing begins when the server is successfully provisioned and ends when the server has been deleted from your project. This flexible billing model allows you to control your costs effectively.

The pricing varies per region. Equinix Metal™ offers a Pricing Calculator, which you can use to estimate the cost of an On-Demand deployment. This tool is incredibly helpful in planning your budget and understanding the potential costs involved.

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 offers Live Chat support 24 hours a day, seven days a week. This secure channel lets you connect quickly with their support team for real-time assistance. To access live chat, click Support at the top right corner of the page and select Start a Live Chat. You will be entered into a queue for the next available agent if an agent is unavailable.

In addition to live chat, Equinix also provides email support. You can send them an email for non-urgent requests. This option is perfect for those who prefer to communicate via email or have queries that do not require immediate attention.

Moreover, Equinix has a Customer Portal. This intuitive self-service portal provides fast and seamless support. Here, you can manage support cases and orders for new services, access requests, and order lifecycle, get notifications of events affecting operations, report issues and open trouble tickets, modify account information, manage reports, and view billing history.

Lastly, Equinix has a Community Hub where you can share knowledge, speak to industry experts, and engage with peers around the globe. This platform is great for learning and sharing experiences with other Equinix users.

Conclusion

In our testing, the server’s I/O speed averaged 403 MB/s across three runs, which is good, although not in the excellent threshold. Connectivity tests revealed impressive downlink and uplink speeds at our primary test location with over 8000 Mbps download and approximately 8066 Mbps upload rates. Latency was exceptionally low at 0.58 ms. However, connectivity across global locations varied, with places like Singapore showing significantly lower speeds and higher latency.

The performance under Yabs measured mixed R/W gave a combined speed above 400 MB/s for larger blocks, indicating good capability, but there’s room for improvement to reach top-notch levels. The Geekbench 6 results were strong, with a single-core score of 1890 and a multi-core score of 8777, placing the server in the ‘good’ category overall for processing power. Lastly, UnixBench results reinforced the server’s solid capability, particularly in environments where multiple CPUs are leveraged concurrently.

In conclusion, the Equinix UK London server shows robust potential, excellent connectivity and processing performance at our primary location, and strong results in comprehensive benchmarks. While its global performance in specific locations might need some improvement due to lower speeds and higher latencies, the server’s overall capabilities make it a reliable choice for demanding tasks where high performance and low latency are critical.

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

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