With lots happening in the cloud industry, there comes yet another partnership between Packet and the cell tower giant, SBA Communications. This partnership will deploy edge data center at an SBA tower site in Foxborough, Massachusetts, along with Packet-supplied hardware and software towards a cloud-native and wireless infrastructure.
According to Ihab Tarazi, Packet’s new CTO this site will include both hardware and software, multiple versions of Packet’s servers, cloud automation platform, and APIs. While SBA will be in chief of networking, support low-latency interconnection services, cooling for the physical site, and local support. Functionalities of Packet’s standard data center will include service level agreements (SLAs) as well. This site will be in operations by early next year. SBA is one of the country’s largest cell tower owners owning towers in Argentina, Brazil, Canada, Chile, Colombia, Costa Rica, Ecuador, El Salvador, Guatemala, Nicaragua, Panama, and Peru with edge data center deployments.
SBA is tied to the initial deployment in Boston, while Packet is working with other tower owners on similar projects and plans to install around 50 new sites. The company did not announce any specific operator partners but hinted to carry Sprint. Packet announced its Curiosity into IoT platform at Mobile World Congress Americas show this year. Where Packet has provided the bare metal architecture with the event. The packet is integrated with Kubernetes for orchestration layer of the stack for simplifying the management and onboarding of different software or cloud services into the Packet platform.
The Funding for this deployment is from the 25 million dollar Series B closed by the company in September, this year. This round included Third Point Ventures like Battery Ventures, JA Mitsui Leasing, Samsung NEXt, SoftBank Corp. and Dell Technologies Capital. Packet‘s raised funding totals to 36.6 million dollars.