Edge Access Program for commercial and open source users

February 25, 2019 //By Jean-Pierre Joosting
Edge Access Program for commercial and open source users
Packet is launching an Edge Access Program that provides both commercial and open source users with free access to edge computing building blocks.

The program will function on a rolling basis and feature stock bare metal configurations targeted at both cloud native and telco deployments. Customized infrastructure can be deployed on a case-per-case basis.  

Initial program participants include Catchpoint, DNSFilter, Federated Wireless, Fly.io, Hatch, Macrometa, MobiledgeX, Mutable, Nodeweaver, OpenNebula, Ori, Oort, Rafay Systems, Section.io, Travelping, VMware, and Volterra.

“The edge computing ecosystem is evolving quickly, and our goal with the Edge Access Program is to accelerate that momentum while simultaneously working with partners to solve the very real challenges that exist,” said Zachary Smith, Packet CEO. “By combining cloud native bare metal infrastructure and wireless connectivity at the edge with unique real estate, capital, technology and software partners, we are providing a compelling real-world laboratory to foster innovation.”

Packet is widely known for its developer-friendly cloud, which is available in 18 global locations and supports over 60k bare metal installs each month. Packet’s combination of flexible bare metal automation, focus on subscale “go anywhere” deployments and carrier-grade networking has positioned it at the center of the edge computing conversation.

In addition, Packet has also announced the availability of two edge sites in Chicago in partnership with Vapor IO. The new locations — along with a site separately deployed near Gillette Stadium in Foxborough (MA) — are the first of 15 locations to be launched in 2019.

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