Packet, a provider of bare-metal cloud for developers serving global clients from 20 data center locations including New York, Los Angeles, Amsterdam, Frankfurt, Sydney, and Tokyo, has expanded its bare-metal cloud product line to include the single socket, “high-performance” AMD EPYC processor.
Packet’s new ‘c2.medium’ configuration is based on the AMD EPYC 7401P processor, and features 24 physical cores “that can be up and running in eight minutes.”
The system, built on Dell EMC’s new PowerEdge R6415 platform includes 64GB of RAM and dual 480GB SSD’s. It is available via API, portal or developer tools like Terraform at Packet’s Parsippany (NJ) and Sunnyvale (CA) locations. Private deployments of customized AMD-based configurations are available at any of Packet’s 15 global data centers.
“Packet’s ability to automate and deliver new hardware solutions like the AMD EPYC is a cornerstone of our value proposition,” said Zachary Smith, CEO of Packet. “As the first bare-metal cloud platform to provide direct developer access to EPYC, we are leading the charge to enable innovation on the next wave of data center hardware.”
While bare metal has long been a favorite of the AMD gaming customer base, according to Packet, the combination of 24 high-performance physical cores and a modestly priced single-socket system would be attractive to a wide variety of use cases, from scale-out SaaS platforms to Kubernetes-based cloud-native applications and enterprise workloads leveraging virtualization.
“We’re thrilled to see Packet adopt the AMD EPYC 7401P, no-compromise single socket solution,” said Dan Bounds, Senior Director of Datacenter Solutions, AMD. “Their unique combination of cloud-style consumption with direct access to bare metal is a fantastic way to showcase EPYC to a new generation of compute-hungry developers.”
Founded in 2014 and based in New York City, Packet is a member of the Open19 Foundation, as well as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF). As a bare metal cloud provider, Packet also supports many open source projects, including Memcached.org, NixOS, Docker, and Kernel.org. The company’s proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks to provide cloud-style automation without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy.