For those of you who haven’t run across Packet before, they are a bare metal hosting company. You can provision (and de-provision) hardware servers as simply as you can provision VMs in other cloud providers. You also only pay for what you use.
The interesting thing, from Calico’s prospective, is that Packet has made many of the same networking infrastructure choices as Project Calico. They only support L3 forwarding, and do so using BGP. What this enables is for Calico nodes to peer directly with the Packet infrastructure and exchange routes and reachability. By using Calico within the Packet infrastructure, you can distribute your address block wherever you want within your group of bare metal servers. If you want to run a container environment on Packet, it will look just like a private cloud, no tunnels, just simple Calico routing integrated with Packet’s infrastructure. It’s pretty cool, and you can try it out now. Tell them the cat sent you.