Packet Announces Mobile Edge Datacenter to Deliver Cloud Native and Wireless Ready Infrastructure

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Packet is collaborating with SBA Communications to create an edge data center operational model with direct wireless connectivity

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We are delivering on our promise to reinvent the service provider model and deliver dynamic ‘one click’ cloud native infrastructure including wireless access. Our customers will also have a clear path for IoT and Public Cloud integration providing high performance for their edge applications.

Packet, the leading bare metal automation platform for developers, today announced that it has broken ground on its first Boston edge data center location at an SBA Communications (SBA) wireless tower site in Foxborough, MA. Customer availability is expected by the end of 2018.

Packet’s global bare metal cloud is available in 18+ global locations and supports more than 60,000 monthly installs. In addition to its public cloud, the company offers a popular Private Deployment product targeted at SaaS companies and enterprises that want to take advantage of customized infrastructure with the automation and operational benefits of a public cloud.

Packet’s combination of flexible bare metal automation and focus on carrier-grade networking features has positioned it at the center of the edge computing conversation. Central to Packet’s mission is delivering the diversity of hardware options (x86 and Arm) and working directly with global suppliers to accelerate the availability of hardware innovation.

The company is rapidly expanding its edge computing presence with some 50 new sites under development. In a departure from the hyperscale cloud model, Packet is inviting physical and supply chain partners to participate in what is expected to be a highly disaggregated and rapidly expanding ecosystem.

This announcement of the Boston edge location is the first of many planned site expansions in collaboration with SBA and other wireless tower companies. In addition to offering its cloud services, Packet will also enable solutions for the 3.5 GHz CBRS band in the U.S., while also offering a clear path for additional spectrum bands and the proliferation of 5G technologies and shared spectrum solutions.

“With our announcement today, we are delivering on our promise to reinvent the service provider model and deliver dynamic ‘one click’ cloud native infrastructure including wireless access,” said Ihab Tarazi, CTO at Packet. “Our customers will also have a clear path for IoT and Public Cloud integration providing high performance for their edge applications.”

Clay Moran, Director of Strategy at SBA said: “We are excited to partner with Packet to bring the power of edge computing to our tower site in Foxborough, the first of what we expect will be many sites in our extensive portfolio to become distributed network connectivity points for emerging 5G and edge computing applications.”

About Packet

Packet is the leading bare metal automation platform for developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy, powering over 60k deploys each month across 18+ global datacenters, as well as dozens of private and on-premise locations.

Founded in 2014, Packet has quickly become a provider of choice for leading enterprises, SaaS companies, and software innovators. In addition to its bare metal public cloud, Packet offers a custom “Private Deployment” model for hosted private infrastructure, and a fully on-premise solution that automates infrastructure in customer-owned locations.

Packet is a proud member of the Open19 Foundation, as well as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), where it donates and manages the CNCF Community Infrastructure Lab. Additionally, the company supports many open source projects, including Memcached.org, NixOS, OpenFaas, Wireguard, Docker and Kernel.org.

About SBA Communications Corporation

SBA Communications is a first choice provider and leading owner and operator of wireless communications infrastructure in North, Central and South America. Founded in 1989 and headquartered in Boca Raton, Florida, SBA is part of the S&P 500 and listed on NASDAQ under the symbol: SBAC. For more information visit: http://www.sbasite.com.

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