In the ongoing battle for higher network performance, 100 gigabits per second (Gbps) is emerging as the next necessary upgrade within the enterprise LAN. Tech solutions in the pipeline feature lasers (free space optical), cable improvements and passive optical networks (PON).
Google Cloud will connect to the SpaceX Starlink satellite broadband network, and host Starlink ground stations at Google data center locations, the companies said today. It’s the latest example of how cloud platforms are integrating satellite technology.
Gallium nitride (GaN) is being used in a growing number of power devices in consumer products. GaN specialist are hoping the technology can play a larger role in data center power infrastructure.
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.