Packet Opens New Data Center in Tokyo

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Company expands availability of its fully-automated bare metal public cloud to Japan and Announces Partnerships with SB Cloud and CreationLine

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With today’s launch, automation-focused customers throughout Asia can quickly provision powerful single-tenant Intel and ARM infrastructure, enabling both cloud native or hypervisor-based workload.

Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, today announced it opened a new Asia availability zone, NRT1, in Tokyo, Japan. The datacenter, located in Equinix’s TY5 facility, extends Packet’s fully automated bare metal compute platform and IPv6-native network beyond its current footprint in New York Metro (EWR1), Silicon Valley (SJC1), and Amsterdam, NL (AMS1). Enterprises and developers can now access powerful ARM or Intel-powered compute with excellent reachability to Japan, China, Korea and Australia, as well as the rest of the Asia Pacific region.

The NRT1 facility will offer three Intel-powered server configurations, as well as Packet’s new ARMv8 bare metal offering. The ARMv8-A option, powered by a pair of 48-core Cavium (NASDAQ: CAVM) ThunderX chips and produced in partnership with Foxconn, makes Packet the first cloud provider to offer a 64-bit ARM server with the same elastic benefits of Intel-powered solutions.

“Along with our strategic investor, SoftBank, we’re excited to announce our expansion into the Japanese market and our participation in SoftBank’s SB Cloud program,” said Zachary Smith, CEO at Packet. “With today’s launch, automation-focused customers throughout Asia can quickly provision powerful single-tenant Intel and ARM infrastructure, enabling both cloud native or hypervisor-based workload.”

Customers using Packet’s new Tokyo data center can tap into the company’s signature developer-focused experience, leveraging tools such as Terraform, Ansible or Docker cloud to provision servers in minutes. Unlike virtualization-based clouds, Packet’s bare metal configurations have no forced co-tenancy or hypervisor, resulting in excellent performance and security. In addition, benefits for global and Japanese based customers leveraging Packet’s new Tokyo data center include:

  • Instant availability of powerful bare metal servers in both Intel x86 and ARMv8 architectures.
  • Access to Packet’s IPv6 native network for advanced networking features, including custom BGP routes, global Anycast announcements and the ability to use one’s own IP space.
  • The ability to deploy a variety of operating systems, from CoreOS and Ubuntu to Windows Server 2012 and FreeBSD.
  • Access to the first spot market for bare metal, provided in partnership with SpotInst.

Along with the launch, Packet announced a partnership with leading Japan-based DevOps consulting firm Creationline, Inc. to help drive adoption of IoT and cloud native proof of concept solutions for enterprises.

“We are excited to join Packet as they launch their Tokyo region, especially as the Japanese market accelerates its shift to the cloud,” said Ippei Suzuki, Managing Director of Creationline, Inc. “With bare metal and IoT solutions becoming more relevant each day, this is the perfect time to pair Packet’s unique value with Creationline’s solutions expertise, and support a powerful cloud native ecosystem in Japan.”

Packet’s new data center follows up on a recent investment by and partnership with SoftBank, opening the door to several major technology initiatives in Japan and globally.

About Packet
Founded in 2014, Packet’s proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy to provide on-demand compute and connectivity. Customers can either build on Packet’s public cloud service or leverage advanced automation software to enable their own private compute infrastructure. The company is headquartered in New York City and maintains an advanced global IP network between its data center locations in New York Metro (Parsippany, NJ), Sunnyvale (CA), Amsterdam (NL) and Tokyo (JP). Packet is a member of the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF) and supports many open source projects, including Memcached.org, which uses Packet to perform automatic performance and burn-in testing of new features.

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