StackPath has broadened the reach of its edge-cloud platform into Latin America to give users in those countries access to low-latency services.
StackPath now has points-of-presence (POPs) in Buenos Aires, Argentina; Santiago, Chile; Bogota, Colombia; and Lima, Peru. With the latest additions, StackPath now has more than 50 POPs in 35 countries across five continents.
Mexico and Latin America have become hot spots for service providers, content providers and cloud providers as more businesses accelerate their digital transformations due to the Covid-19 pandemic and the increased demand for cloud services.
“We focus on having a robust presence in the right places, not necessarily the most places,” said StackPath CTO Will Charnock, who was formerly co-founder and CEO of PacketFabric, in a statement. “We only build where there is the connectivity, logistics, and local conditions necessary to ensure the performance, scalability, and security our customers need for their most rigorous, mission-critical workloads. Definitely quality over quantity.”
StackPath, which was founded six years as more of a security provider that analyzed traffic flows, is a cloud agnostic alternative to the major public cloud providers such as Amazon Web Services, Google Cloud Project and Microsoft Azure.
In March of last year, Dallas, Texas-based StackPath wrapped up a $216 million Series B funding round led by Juniper Networks and Cox Communications to bring its total to $396 million.
StackPath has a two-pronged strategy for taking on the large public cloud providers while enabling vendors and service providers with new edge-related services. Service providers, such as Cox, could use StackPath to offer "edge infrastructure-as-a-service" to third-party application developers, which would allow the service providers to capture all of the service revenue while the app developers generate their own revenues by offering their apps via a marketplace.
Juniper, which is integrating its Contrail cloud platform with StackPath, along with StackPath and the service providers, could offer an edge compute platform, manage it, operate it and gain revenues from it. By working with StackPath, service providers don't need to give up revenue opportunities to the large cloud providers, or endure the cost of building out their own edge compute capabilities.
StackPath blends content network delivery (CDN) capabilities with its edge compute portfolio along with virtual machines (VMs), containers and its serverless compute platform, as well as edge services web application firewalls (WAFs), managed DNS, service monitoring and DDoS protection. SackPath separates the control and data planes by using its intellectual property and software to run workloads in CDNs at the edge in a dynamic or software defined manner.
With workloads, data and applications moving to the cloud, which has been accelerated by the Covid-19 pandemic, service providers, such as AT&T and Telefónica, are forming edge cloud partnerships with AWS, Azure and Google to build out their edge compute networks for 5G services and IoT applications, among others.
StackPath has said it could provide the same sort of applications and services as those cloud providers, but with the addition of its edge CDNs.