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Packet Appoints Ihab Tarazi as Chief Technology Officer


Former CTO of Equinix and veteran telecom executive to accelerate Packet's product and technology leadership in hybrid cloud and edge computing

NEW YORK (PRWEB) July 25, 2018

Packet, the leading bare metal cloud for developers, today announced Ihab Tarazi as Chief Technology Officer. As CTO, Tarazi will be responsible for Packet's technical and product strategy, capitalizing on the company's hardware automation expertise to address the hybrid cloud, on premise automation and edge computing needs of enterprises and global SaaS companies.

"As a fast-growing company, we're always excited to welcome new leadership, talent and perspectives to our team," noted Zac Smith, Packet's CEO. "However, Ihab's fantastic background and unmatched enthusiasm for our vision makes this announcement unique - it's fantastic to welcome him to the Packet family."

Prior to joining Packet, Tarazi held a number of positions in the infrastructure space, including four years as Chief Technology Officer at data center and colocation provider Equinix, where he was accountable for technology innovation and strategic engagements with leading platforms as well as emerging players in the Cloud, Security, Storage, Edge and IoT sectors. At Equinix, Ihab also oversaw engineering and operations for the Equinix interconnection platforms including Cloud Exchange, Internet Exchange, and Optical Metro Connect.

In addition to his time at Equinix, Tarazi also served as VP Engineering and Technology at Verizon, where he led a global team of professionals and provided strategic and tactical oversight for the Engineering and Product Development of Global Enterprise Services including MPLS VPN, IP, Ethernet, Security and Managed Services. He directed the product portfolio across all network assets to support Retail and Wholesale customers. Tarazi also directed Engineering for Consumer FiOS services including optical connectivity, Internet Service, video streaming and content management.

"After leaving Equinix to pursue my passion for edge computing, I dissected the strategies of over 100 companies while serving as Entrepreneur in Residence at Sutter Hill Ventures," says Tarazi. "Packet's approach to edge and hybrid cloud was the clear leader from both a technology and strategic perspective, and their vision for automated fundamental infrastructure is absolutely without match. I couldn't be more excited about joining this team today."

Tarazi holds a Master of Engineering (M.Eng.) in Telecommunications Management from Southern Methodist University and Bachelor of Engineering (B.E.) in Telecommunications Engineering from the University of Maryland. He served key industry leadership roles including Co-Chair of Telecom Infrastructure Project Open Optical Packet Transport team, and as Chairman of the Metro Ethernet Forum.

About Packet
Packet is the leading bare metal automation platform for developers. Its proprietary technology automates physical servers and networks without the use of virtualization or multi-tenancy, powering over 60k deploys each month across its 18 global locations, as well as dozens of private and on premise locations.

Founded in 2014, Packet has quickly become a provider of choice for leading enterprises, SaaS companies, and software innovators. In addition to its bare metal public cloud, Packet offers a custom "Private Deployment" model for hosted private infrastructure, and is active in the fast-evolving Edge Computing space - recently publishing the first "State of the Edge" report in collaboration with Ericsson UDN, Arm, and Rafay Systems.

Packet is a proud member of the Open19 Foundation, as well as the Cloud Native Computing Foundation (CNCF), where it donates and manages the CNCF Community Infrastructure Lab. Additionally, the company supports many open source projects, including, NixOS, Docker, LetsEncrypt and

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