The basic steps to deploy a new device are:
- Choose from multiple vendors
- Multiple device types and categories
- See a brief description of each
- Available Equinix locations are shown
- Select account to change to
- Create new country account if none exists
- Select license type or enter your own software package
- Name your device
- Enable notifications
- Select device throughput
- Options to deploy when the device is launched
- SSH access, internet and others
- Varies by device and vendor support
To start creating a Virtual Device, log into the ECX Fabric portal and select the Create Device button in the header at the top.
Another way to start creating a Virtual Device is by clicking on the “Add New Virtual Device” button under your Inventory page: Virtual Devices.
The first step to create a Virtual Device is to either select a device from the marketplace and begin to configure it or see brief descriptions of each device and their capabilities.
Options include the available software packages from the vendor or the number of interfaces it will launch with.
Additional details about the devices and the services they support can be found on the vendor’s website.
Once you have chosen the device you want to deploy, you will be asked a series of questions that are intended to gather all information that’s necessary to deploy and activate the device. Each device and vendor may have slightly different basic configurations, so some differences may apply.
First, select the Metro where you want your device or devices deployed, and the billing account it should be applied to. Since many customers have multiple accounts for billing purposes, select the account where we’ll send this invoice.
Your available choice of Metros may be limited by your account settings and permissions, and by the availability of resources at that time. If you do not see a Metro that you were expecting to see, consult with the Deployment Guide or your Equinix sales representative.
Account Access Scenarios
There are three types of account access scenarios.
1. Existing customers who have permissions to order for a given account. If the account is visible, select the account to continue.
2. Existing customers without permissions to order for a given account. If you see the Metro that you want to select but don’t have permissions for the account in that country, the Account screen will show the following:
3. Customers who are new to Equinix. Select Create Account to continue.
The next step is to enter Device Details. All devices have these common options:
- Licensing: The license options depend on vendor support by device; all available options are listed here.
- Subscription: Equinix handles the license on your behalf. The monthly charges will be reflected both on the portal and on your Equinix invoice.
- Bring Your Own License/File: The vendor will provide you with a license file and you’ll upload it directly to the platform. Once uploaded, the NE platform will validate the active license with the vendor. In some cases the file contains a code and key portions of the starting configuration. Charges will NOT apply for the device license on your Equinix invoice, but the vendor may charge for this license.
- Bring Your Own License/Unique ID: The vendor will provide you with a unique key, ID or code. The NE platform will validate the active license with the vendor.
PLEASE NOTE: the BYO License option may ask you to apply license information at this stage or later in the device provisioning stage, depending on the vendor’s license support model.
- Virtual Device Details: You can provide an informal name for the device that will appear in inventory on the NE portal or APIs. You should also include a short Host prefix name that will be included as part of an FQDN that ensures the device is reachable from approved sources including the public Internet, if desired.
- Software Package: Each vendor and license type offers some variations in the devices feature and capabilities. Those options will be listed in this section.
PLEASE NOTE: The language and choices here will vary; they are not controlled by Equinix. If you aren’t familiar with the options available, please contact the vendor to understand the differences. Equinix makes every effort to make this as simple and as small of a selection as possible. If there is only one choice, that is automatically selected here.
- Notifications: Enter the email address or addresses that will receive notifications about this device. Each available service will have a brief description. Expand the view to see the configurable elements.
The next screen covers additional services that may be required by the vendor configuration, or optional as your use case dictates.
There is a separate section of this User Guide that includes more information on the parameters of each service and how to configure both pre- and post-launch. The Deployment Guide also contains details on choosing services, explanations for why each service might be needed for various use cases, and which devices support each service.
More details on best practice and choices for these selections can be found in the Deployment Guide.
Finally, review your order and ensure that everything appears accurate on the following screen. At this stage, you can still go back if you need to make a correction. Many parameters of your device will be editable throughout its lifecycle.
When you are satisfied the order is correct, select Create Virtual Device. You will see a Success screen that indicates that the orchestration and provisioning of your device has begun.
Note: This screen does not mean that all provisioning, licensing registration or accessibility configs are fully completed. A full device configuration, licensing registration, and any additional services you opted for, can take anywhere from 5 to 20 or more minutes to finish completely.
To configure Additional Services, see Configuring Services On A Device.