Packet: Baremetal Infrastructure with Zachary Smith and Nathan Goulding

Cloud infrastructure is usually consumed in the form of virtual machines or containers. These VMs or containers are running on a physical host machine that is also running other VMs and containers. This is called multitenancy. Servers across cloud providers such as AWS have a high utilization because there are multiple virtual instances running on each physical server host.

Cloud computing has led to a low cost of compute infrastructure. But in some cases, this low cost comes at the price of not being able to control the underlying hardware with as much precision as the user would want. Some users want specific types of hardware. Other users want to be using dedicated hardware that does not risk the “noisy neighbor” problem of sharing a physical server with some other application that is using most of the resources.

Packet is a company that provides remote access to baremetal infrastructure. The user experience is similar to that of a cloud provider, but with more control over how a given physical host will be used. Zachary Smith is the CEO of Packet and Nathan Goulding is the chief architect. Zach and Nathan join the show to talk about the business and the engineering behind Packet, as well as the future goals for where they want to take the company.

Sponsorship inquiries: sponsor@softwareengineeringdaily.com

Announcements

  • We are hiring a software engineer who can work across both mobile and web. This role will work on SoftwareDaily.com, our iOS app, and our Android application. We are looking for someone who learns very quickly and can produce high quality code at a fast pace. If you are interested in working with us, send an email to jeff@softwareengineeringdaily.com.
  • If you are planning a hackathon, check out FindCollabs Hackathons. Whether you are running an internal hackathon for your company, or you are running an open hackathon so that users can try out your product, FindCollabs Hackathons are a tool for people to build projects and collaborate with each other. FindCollabs is a company I started to allow people to find collaborators for their software projects, and our new hackathon product allows you to organize your hackathon participants to make your hackathon as productive as possible. Check it out at FindCollabs.com.

Transcript

Transcript provided by We Edit Podcasts. Software Engineering Daily listeners can go to weeditpodcasts.com/sed to get 20% off the first two months of audio editing and transcription services. Thanks to We Edit Podcasts for partnering with SE Daily. Please click here to view this show’s transcript.


Sponsors

Vettery is an online hiring marketplace that connects highly qualified workers with top companies. Vettery keeps the quality of workers and companies on the platform high, because they vet both workers and companies. Check out vettery.com/sedaily, and get a $300 sign-up bonus if you accept a job through Vettery.

NetSuite is a complete business management software platform that handles sales, financing, accounting, orders, and HR. Netsuite gives you visibility into your business, helping you to control and grow your business. Netsuite is offering a free guide: “seven key strategies to grow your profits” at netsuite.com/sedaily.

Datadog unites metrics, traces, and logs in one platform so you can get full visibility into your infrastructure and applications. Check out new features like Trace Search & Analytics for rapid insights into high-cardinality data, and Watchdog, an auto-detection engine that alerts you to performance anomalies across your applications. Datadog makes it easy for teams to monitor every layer of their stack in one place, but don’t take our word for it—start a free trial today & Datadog will send you a T-shirt! softwareengineeringdaily.com/datadog

Logi Analytics is the leading development platform for embedded dashboards and reports. Unlike other solutions, Logi gives you complete control to create your own unique analytics experience. You don’t have to be a UI/UX designer to create impressive dashboards for your application. Discover 6 basic principles that can transform your embedded analytics UX by visiting logianalytics.com/sedaily.

Software Weekly

Software Weekly

Subscribe to Software Weekly, a curated weekly newsletter featuring the best and newest from the software engineering community.