Bare Metal Cloud Provider, Packet, Opens New Data Center in Tokyo

Packet, a bare metal cloud for developers founded in 2014, has opened its new Asia availability zone, NRT1, in Tokyo, Japan. The data center, located in Equinix’s TY5 facility, extends Packet’s fully automated bare metal compute platform and IPv6-native network beyond its current footprint in New York Metro (EWR1), Silicon Valley (SJC1), and Amsterdam, NL (AMS1).

The NRT1 facility will offer three Intel-powered server configurations, as well as Packet’s new ARMv8 bare metal offering. The ARMv8-A option, powered by a pair of 48-core Cavium ThunderX chips and produced in partnership with Foxconn, would make Packet one of the first cloud providers to offer a 64-bit ARM server with the same elastic benefits of Intel-powered solutions. 

“Along with our strategic investor, SoftBank, we’re excited to announce our expansion into the Japanese market and our participation in SoftBank’s SB Cloud program,” said Zachary Smith, CEO of Packet. “With today’s launch, automation-focused customers throughout Asia can quickly provision powerful single-tenant Intel and ARM infrastructure, enabling both cloud native or hypervisor-based workload.”

packet bare metal cloudCustomers using Packet’s new Tokyo data center can tap into the company’s developer-focused cloud platform, leveraging tools such as Terraform, Ansible or Docker cloud to provision servers in minutes.

Unlike virtualization-based clouds, Packet’s bare metal cloud configurations would have no forced co-tenancy or hypervisor, resulting in better performance and security. In addition, benefits for global and Japanese based customers leveraging Packet’s new Tokyo data center would include:

  • Instant availability of “powerful” bare metal servers in both Intel x86 and ARMv8 architectures.
  • Access to Packet’s IPv6 native network for advanced networking features, including custom BGP routes, global Anycast announcements and the ability to use one’s own IP space.
  • The ability to deploy a variety of operating systems, from CoreOS and Ubuntu to Windows Server 2012 and FreeBSD.
  • Access to the first spot market for bare metal, provided in partnership with SpotInst.

Along with the launch, Packet announced a partnership with Japan-based DevOps consulting firm Creationline, Inc. to help drive adoption of IoT and cloud native proof of concept solutions for enterprises.

“We are excited to join Packet as they launch their Tokyo region, especially as the Japanese market accelerates its shift to the cloud,” said Ippei Suzuki, Managing Director of Creationline, Inc. “With bare metal and IoT solutions becoming more relevant each day, this is the perfect time to pair Packet’s unique value with Creationline’s solutions expertise, and support a powerful cloud native ecosystem in Japan.”

Packet’s new data center follows up on a recent investment by and partnership with SoftBank, opening the door to several major technology initiatives in Japan and globally.