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I had the opportunity to speak with Jacob Smith, co-founder and CMO of Packet, a cloud and edge infrastructure provider based in New York City.

According to Jacob, enterprises have been moving from on-prem infrastructure to the public cloud, using more open source software solutions, leading to the adoption of containers and networking geographically-dispersed data centers.

Packet started five years ago by providing a public cloud with DevOps tools for the developer. They’ve gained early traction with software companies who understand the need to be agile, seamless, and able to scale up and down as demand changes. 

As edge computing grows, they are providing services for Sprint’s IoT initiatives in Boston, Pittsburgh, and Indianapolis — cloud consumption with a developer toolset. They’re helping DevOps with specialized hardware and are providing value around wireless. Jacob sees a lot of opportunities as 5G infrastructure builds out.

He encourages cloud-native developers to take a look at how Packet can help them at the edge with the ability to scale. Packet provides and automation platform with network connectivity and unobstructed access.

This is also beneficial for enterprises, like financial services, who are looking to moving back to a hybrid multi-cloud infrastructure after going “all-in” on the cloud and experiencing “sticker shock” who are not interested in co-located environments and don’t care what brand of servers they’re running on. 

Packet is picking up clients in the data storage business from public cloud providers who want to open geographically distributed data centers. They want the benefits of the cloud without the cost. Packet has been able to help them reduce their spend by 40 to 45% scaling infrastructure quickly for $200,000 per month versus $350,000 with automation and optimization. 

Moving forward, Jacob envisions most large enterprises evolving to an edge model where Packet will manage and maintain the operation of the infrastructure. 

from DZone Cloud Zone