Packet bare metal platform deployed by EdgeConnex in Detroit

EdgeConneX will launch Packet’s bare metal cloud platform at the EdgeConneX Edge Data Center in Detroit, Michigan, to enable the expansion of the Sprint Curiosity IoT platform.

EdgeConneX will launch Packet’s bare metal cloud platform at the EdgeConneX Edge Data Center in Detroit, Michigan, to enable the expansion of the Sprint Curiosity IoT platform.

Sprint Curiosity IoT is a fully virtualized wireless Evolved Packet Core (EPC) deployment which runs on the Packet bare metal edge cloud. They are pitching the hyper-local, scalable cloud and wireless framework provided jointly by Packet Edge Cloud and the data center solutions from EdgeConneX to autonomous vehicle and manufacturing markets and other digital disruptors that can benefit from improved data collection and user experience capabilities.

“EdgeConneX is an ideal partner to help Packet bring the benefits of edge computing to Detroit, as well dozens of key markets globally,” notes Zachary Smith, Packet’s co-founder and CEO, in the announcement. “What makes this deployment special is that we’re able to activate three key elements at once: bare metal cloud, rich local connectivity, and end-to-end wireless IoT services.”

Packet says it provides a rapid “go anywhere” deployment model and carrier-grade networking to go with its flexible bare metal automation. Enterprises can leverage the Packet bare metal Edge Cloud and the product and IoT ecosystem of Sprint Curiosity IoT through EdgeConneX connectivity within the Detroit region to power real-world edge applications with low-latency compute and wireless capabilities.

“Curiosity IoT puts intelligence at the edge of the network by combining Curiosity Core, the first dedicated, distributed and virtualized IoT network — a network built for software — with Curiosity OS, an integrated IoT operating system,” says Ivo Rook, senior vice president of IoT & product development for Sprint in a statement. “We are proud to be working with Packet and EdgeConneX to expand the Curiosity Core to Detroit, providing capabilities for network edge computing in the backyard of a city that is pushing boundaries in various industries.”

Processing and storing high-bandwidth content in close proximity to the device edge minimizes the distance and capacity constraints that come with traditional internet architecture, to give users a more elastic, flexible, and relatively proximate edge IT infrastructure.

A growing number of firms are looking to take advantage of edge infrastructure according to a recent “Voice of the Enterprise: IOT” survey from 451 Research. The number of companies processing IoT data on local equipment shows a leap, growing from 22 percent to 39 percent between 2017 and 2019. Edge execution venues are rapidly growing in popularity for IoT workloads driven by security, cost, performance, or data sovereignty considerations, according to the survey.

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