Thursday, October 20, 2016

Digital Storage In Space Rises Above The Cloud

Digital Storage In Space Rises Above The Cloud.  Tom Coughlin. Forbes. October 13,  2016.
     A start up company (Cloud Constellation) plans to build an array of earth orbiting data center satellites that would provide a space-based infrastructure for cloud service providers that can provide a private network with communications directly to and from the satellite network without any communication over the Internet via tight beam radio and hence no public data transmission headers. The company says that latencies will be lower than those through conventional Internet transmission.

The digital storage in these orbiting data centers will be solid-state drives and the internal temperature inside the satellites will be kept at about 70 degrees Fahrenheit. The budget to build the initial phase of this satellite network is estimated at $400 M, much less than the cost of building an equivalent terrestrial global data center network with an equivalent level of security. Data is encrypted on the way to the satellite chain, inside the satellite storage and when the data is transmitted back to earth. This should provide secure storage and transport of data without interruption or exposure to exposed networks.It could protect critical and sensitive data for potential clients, including university archives and libraries. The first phase is planned to be operational in 2018 or 2019. Soon many companies and organizations will have an option to store their data securely in outer space.

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