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Tech & Science Starlink and the Cloud: Microsoft enters into partnership with SpaceX

01:25  21 october  2020
01:25  21 october  2020 Source:   t3n.de

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Microsoft partners with SpaceX to connect Azure cloud to Musk's Starlink satellite internet. Published Tue, Oct 20 20209:00 AM EDTUpdated Tue Azure Space and the new partnership sets up Microsoft and SpaceX to compete further with Jeff Bezos' businesses Amazon and Blue Origin

Microsoft Azure has announced a partnership with SpaceX that will give customers the ability to both access and deploy cloud computing capabilities anywhere on Earth with the help of Starlink internet. Ultimately designed with anywhere from ~4,400 to ~40,000 operational satellites in mind, SpaceX ’s

Microsoft sees potential for its Azure cloud service even where conventional Internet access is not available. That's why the tech giant is now cooperating with SpaceX.

Microsofts modulares Azure-Data-Center. © Microsoft Microsoft's modular Azure data center.

With the mobile “Azure Modular Datacenter” Microsoft wants to address organizations in crisis areas and other difficult locations in particular. According to , the manufacturer envisions as a target group, for example aid organizations that rely on computing power such as local weather forecasts or logistics programs in crisis areas. But Microsoft also wants to provide the military or companies that have to use computing power from the cloud in difficult environments.

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Starlink and SES will bring satellite to modular data centers in remote areas. Microsoft today unveiled a modular data center that can be deployed to remote areas, as well as a partnership with SpaceX to connect those data centers to the Internet with Starlink satellite broadband.

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Azure Space: Microsoft cooperates with SpaceX

Modular, particularly robust data centers are only half the battle. After all, their users also need access to the Internet. To this end, Microsoft has announced the “Azure Space” initiative, which relies on cooperation with the space company SpaceX.

Microsoft's modular Azure data center in action. (Photo: Microsoft)

's Starlink satellite network is to provide high-speed, low-latency broadband connections for the “Azure Modular Datacenter”. The cooperation with SpaceX complements Microsoft's existing partnership with the European satellite company SES.

Microsoft's plans are ambitious. The tech giant wants to offer space connectivity and computing power in all industries and areas with “Azure Space”. Microsoft manager Tom Keane focuses his attention here particularly on companies in agriculture, the energy industry and the telecommunications industry, but also on governments.

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Keeping space clean. Starlink is on the leading edge of on-orbit debris mitigation, meeting or exceeding all Starlink satellites utilize inputs from the Department of Defense’s debris tracking system to autonomously perform maneuvers to avoid collisions with space debris and other spacecraft.

Microsoft has launched a new cloud computing business in an effort to make Azure the space industry’s platform of choice. The tech giant says it’s developing technologies to help the public and private sectors launch faster and to make sure they achieve mission assurance. One — and the first

Microsoft builds data centers for adverse environmental conditions

Microsoft has been gaining experience with data centers in containers for years. Most recently, the company reported on its underwater data center via . The modular data center for difficult conditions is also housed in a robust container that should be able to withstand harsh environmental conditions.

The data center blank is being launched. (Photo: Microsoft)

The data center can be connected conventionally, for example via fiber optic connections. According to Microsoft, the functionality is retained even if it is connected via narrowband connections or even operated completely offline.

Suitable for this: Microsoft: Underwater data centers are less error-prone and more energy-efficient

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