Packet, Netronome Partner to Unveil Edge Compute Hardware

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Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, and Netronome, a leader in high-performance intelligent networking solutions, announced a new hardware platform that efficiently powers cloud-native workloads at the edge.

The joint design, which will be deployed throughout all of Packet’s cloud and edge sites, combines the latest in disaggregated computing architecture in a cost-effective bare metal form factor.

Cloud-native and edge workloads demand stringent cost, power and latency parameters without compromising security and the pace of innovation. Packet’s new compact microservers meet these requirements while providing the tenant isolation needed in a bare metal environment. Due to its ultra-compact and low-power design (100W per microserver), up to 120 microservers can fit in a single 42U rack, enabling the build-out of performance-driven edge infrastructures while maintaining real estate and power requirements.

Each of Packet’s new Edge cloud microservers with integrated Netronome SmartNIC technology delivers up to 25Gb/s throughput while enabling highly scalable security policies and control close to the cloud-native applications. As a result, Packet is able to deploy less complex, lower power and more cost-effective top-of-rack switch solutions. At the same time, developers are empowered with access to deep network acceleration capabilities through the use of eBPF programming for innovating in the areas of switching, security, telemetry and load balancing.

Zachary Smith, CEO, Packet
With this platform we are bringing the lessons of hyperscale providers directly to the edge with a disaggregated, accelerator-based architecture and a custom designed hardware model. We see cloud-native network workload driving huge demand at the infrastructure edge and the combination of SmartNIC technology and eBPF expertise from Netronome brings not only significant cost savings but also unique performance capabilities to our content, IoT and Telco customers.

Ray is a news editor at The Fast Mode, bringing with him more than 10 years of experience in the wireless industry.

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