Liftr Look Ahead: Azure in Space
In August 2019, SES announced that it is adopting the Open Network Automation Platform — ONAP — orchestration platform for scalable, automated delivery of satellite-enabled network services on Microsoft Azure. SES plans to provide global reach and fibre-like high-performance to Azure customers.
What does this mean?
This month, SES plans to demonstrate two initial use cases for its new service with Azure. The first will demo managed playout services. SES Networks has contracted with Boeing Satellite Systems to build its next-generation O3b MEO satellites.
Why should we care?
The Internet spans the globe. Most people don’t think about the implications of that – somehow, high-speed data needs to find its way from continent to continent.
Insights/comments on the subject from Liftr:
Cloud service providers have funded undersea cables for at least a decade. Satellites may solve several challenges with undersea cables. With new launch technologies and smaller, more capable satellites, deploying and maintaining a constellation of satellites is starting to be cost-competitive with undersea cables.
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