Satellite based data centers might soon turn into a reality by 2019. Cloud Constellation, a start up from Los Angeles, is planning to offer companies and government agencies direct access to data from anywhere in the world. The company says that its data centers will be located in satellites and an economical data transmit medium will be made available to customers by March 2019.
So, instead of using internet and the thousands of miles of fiber for transporting data to land based data centers, users can enjoy consistent data availability along with data security, once this project goes live.
SpaceBelt will be the name of the data center and it will be an one-stop shop for data storage and transport, says CEO Scott Sobhani.
For companies looking to set up an international office can take data center space on lease through Cloud Constellation. For companies concerned about malware attacks and ransomware threats, data center in space can be an apt answer, as the system will use hardware assisted encryption which is not that easy to break and affordable to be bought off the shelf.
If you’re concerned about catastrophic disasters and disaster recovery, SpaceBelt can be your answer, as satellites are safe from disasters like earthquakes, tornadoes, tsunamis and floods and so can transmit data on a consistent note, provided your branch office staff are safe and secure.
Cloud Constellation plans to provide eight to nine satellite data centers on an initial note at a cost of $4 billion with each server farm costing around $365 million. All these data centers will be linked and would form a computing cloud that could do things like transcode video as well as storing bits. Each new generation of spacecraft will have modern data center gear.
The company plans to store petabytes of data across this network of satellites. All the hardware would have to be certified for use in space, where it’s more prone to bombardment by cosmic particles that can cause errors.
Cloud Constellation has announced that its satellites will be capable to transmit information from low earth orbit to the ground in quarter a second and from one point on earth to another in less than a second.
But will this data be safe from US NSA’s snooping?
Nope, as it has to abide the laws of the United Nations Outer Space Treaty of 1967, which says that the country where a satellite is registered still has the jurisdiction over it after its space launch.
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