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European Space Agency develop private cloud to drive rocket science research

Wed 17 Dec 2014


The European Space Agency (ESA) has selected Orange Business Services to deploy and manage its private cloud solution as it embarks on a new digital strategy.

The intergovernmental body, which last month landed the Philae Lander on comet 67P/Churymov-Gerasimenko during the Rosetta space mission, includes 20 European members, with operations across the region including French headquarters, and the Centre for Space Applications and Telecommunications in Harwell, UK.

ESA also has a satellite site in French Guiana, South America, from where it launches its space missions.

The agency has around 2,200 permanent staff members working across a variety of roles including engineers, operations, admin, scientists, and a specialist IT department. The IT teams are tasked with serving each department across every site, as well as providing support to mission control, testing and simulations – all of which place heavy strain on the group’s IT estate.

With Esacloud, Orange Business Services hopes to offer the entire agency with a connected, secure and low latency solution, to boost overall productivity and lower total IT spend.

ESA’s new private cloud will be hosted across two mirrored data centres to ensure high levels of reliability for its services.
Filippo Angelucci, ESA’s CIO, said that the private cloud would enable the agency’s scientists to “do rocket science rather than IT.”

“We put a high value in close partnership with suppliers in IT and, since being selected in 2000, Orange Business Services has helped ESA innovate and be a pioneer in many areas, such as the first European converged MPLS IP VPN. Esacloud marks a new milestone in our joint path,” said Angelucci.

Orange Business Services senior vice president, Dr Helmut Resinger also explained that Esacloud had been tailored for the agency’s specific business needs and goals.

“It combines our global network in a seamless fashion with best-in-class, secure, scalable, flexible and top-business-grade cloud infrastructure and an end-to-end SLA framework to deliver unrivalled levels service and performance,” he said.


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