Lasers beaming data between satellites in space will be a key enabler of broadband networks using low earth orbit (LEO) satellites, along with smart antennas that can track satellites in the sky. Here’s a closer look at these two technologies.
SpaceX, Amazon, OneWeb and Telesat all plan to offer low-latency broadband via constellations of low-earth orbit (LEO) satellites. Here’s an overview of the LEO broadband players, strategies and what these services will mean for the data center industry.
With no onsite IT staff and distributed locations, organizations ranging from shipping firms to grocery stores to Microsoft deploy increasingly sophisticated solutions to ensure remote reliability.
Microsoft Azure Space will feature satellite broadband from SpaceX Starlink and SES, which will support the Azure Modular Data Center (MDC) to create satellite-connected edge data centers.
Microsoft will get into the satellite IT business with its new Azure Orbital ground station service. “We are extending Azure from under the sea to outer space,” said Microsoft CEO Satya Nadella.
Amazon will invest $10 billion in Project Kuiper, a satellite network to provide broadband Internet service. Analysts say Amazon’s ambitions in space could expand the market for its online retail and cloud computing businesses.
Data Centers in space? Several space startups are integrating micro-data centers into their satellite designs, offering computing power to process satellite imaging data or monitor distributed sensors for Internet of Things (IoT) applications. Here’s a closer look.
AWS Ground Station is positioning Amazon’s infrastructure as the key link in the fast-growing stream of image data between satellites and cloud data centers. Here’s a closer look at AWS and its leadership in cloud services for commercial space startups.
A new wave of commercial satellite imaging companies are collecting upwards of 100 terabytes (TB) or more per day, filling data centers and enabling granular analysis of trends that drive our economy.
More than 20 new companies are using constellations of low-cost low-flying “nanosatellites” to collect data from devices, pursuing a future in which space-based networks connect the Internet of Things (IoT).