Packet Celebrates the Craft and Culture of Infrastructure with IFX Event Alongside AWS re:Invent

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Industry leaders to convene for two days of networking and community-driven programs on 5G, edge computing, speciality silicon, and open source software.

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We’ve put together an event that aims to move the infrastructure conversation beyond ‘commodity’ and into the realm of ‘craft’. This is inline with the innovation we see taking place at the top technology-driven companies in the world.

Packet, the leading bare metal automation platform for developers, today announced IFX 2018, a two-day event focused on the craft and culture of infrastructure. Taking place on November 28th and 29th alongside AWS re:Invent, IFX 2018 brings together leaders from the overlapping worlds of hardware, software, and connectivity.

For two days, Packet, its partners and a diverse mix of attendees will transform the Bally’s parking lot into a vibrant outdoor infrastructure-focused event space, complete with three presentation domes, six private meeting rooms, a beer garden, local fare, inspired art and great Wi-Fi. Attendees will enjoy intimate talks with C-level executives and presentations by leading engineers and partners.

“The genesis behind IFX was a desire to develop a new kind of event that was both of and by the infrastructure community,” said Zac Smith, CEO of Packet. “Collaborating with a handful of partners, we’ve put together an event that aims to move the infrastructure conversation beyond ‘commodity’ and into the realm of ‘craft’. This is inline with the innovation we see taking place at the top technology-driven companies in the world.”

The premise of IFX is to foster high quality and meaningful connections. Therefore, the event is free but limited to about 400 attendees, and is near capacity. Attendees can meet and learn from a variety of stakeholders, including:

  • Zac Smith, CEO and Ihab Tarazi, CTO at Packet
  • Ivo Rook, SVP, Internet of Things at Sprint
  • Andrew Schwabecher, Cloud Strategy at SoftBank
  • Melissa Smolensky, former VP of Communications at CoreOS
  • Susanna Kass, EVP, Head of Innovation, Sustainability Strategy at Baselayer
  • Dan Kohn, Executive Director at CNCF
  • Cole Crawford, CEO at Vapor IO
  • Ed Warnicke, Distinguished Consulting Engineer at Cisco
  • Iyad Tarazi - CEO at Federated Wireless
  • Jeff Wittich - Director, Cloud Service Provider Business at Intel Corporation
  • Joe Vivio - Chief Architect, VP and Fellow, Extreme Scale Infrastructure at Dell
  • David Friend - CEO and co-founder at Wasabi
  • CEOs and CTOs of, Rafay,, Hammerspace, Lightbits Labs, Netronome, and more.

In addition to Packet, sponsors and partners of IFX 2018 include DH Capital, Intel, Sprint, Wasabi, Edge Gravity by Ericsson, and Flexential. The media partner for IFX is The New Stack, whose editor in chief Alex Williams will host a number of sessions.

Please visit the IFX 2018 website for the latest information on the event and to request your spot. To learn more about Packet and its bare metal automation platform for developers, please visit

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 its 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, NixOS, OpenFaas, Wireguard, Docker and

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