In today’s digital-first world, timing is everything. Governments and enterprises can’t afford delays in the transfer of their mission-critical data; they need a smooth flow of information to keep operations and projects up and running.
This necessitates the efficient functioning of a series of communications hubs – which, even at optimal efficiency, still may experience latency of several seconds. Though seconds may seem insignificant, the ability to get information faster than a competitor or a hostile force can mean the difference between victory or defeat.
Information exchanges today are slowed by traditional transmission methods, which can require multiple hops and interchanges through terrestrial networks. At the same time, the information is exposed to monitoring and manipulation along the way. Even the most efficient cloud network requires third-party data centers to replicate globally to provision worldwide offices effectively.
What if there was another way to transmit data securely, from a single corporate network hub to any location worldwide, in less than a second?
Houston, We Have a Solution
The solution to this problem will be found through new space-based data center technology, creating a telecom backbone around the globe. Such a network will allow data to flow freely around the world without restriction and without fear of interception, enabling CIOs to virtually provision any remote office in less than one third of a second, regardless of proximity, without any latency, jurisdictional or cyber-security issues.
Today, it is now possible to leverage an independent space-based network infrastructure for cloud service providers and their enterprise and government customers to experience secure storage and provisioning of sensitive data around the world. By placing data on satellites that are accessible from everywhere via ultra-secure dedicated terminals, many of today’s data transport challenges will be solved. Space-based storage offers a convenient solution to the issues of both security and jurisdiction, while offering unprecedented transit speed.
There are already satellites surrounding the globe that offer communications capabilities to organizations and government entities. Using the technologies that would enable space-based cloud storage, they can enjoy even faster and more secure communications and offer services that would not otherwise be possible.
Point-to-point delivery drone audio and video will be expedited via this space-based network infrastructure. At present, there is a latency of more than two seconds in the delivery of real-time drone video. Like driving a car with a two-second blinder, maneuverability and agility are constrained. Using a sky-based telecom system, latency will be reduced to less than one second.
4K HDTV between two live audiences would be faster with a space-based network. Currently, studios employ parlor tricks to mimic live two-audience interaction, and video error correction must be applied at each server stop in both directions to meet the studio’s demanding 4K HDTV specifications. Using a space-based system, latency would be reduced to about one second and require just one video error correction at the end. Studios would be enabled for true live audience interaction – a major market differentiator. Expedited live video delivery would also become a reality, and video streaming services would be able to bypass congested, expensive networks.
These advances in technology would open new opportunities for Cloud Service Providers as well. They will be able to sell services without adding more capital or operational expenditures for competitive expansion, including:
- Ultra-secure transport and storage of highly sensitive information, free from ground infrastructure networks and vulnerable locations
- A universal global antenna capable of connecting to any radio source anywhere without requiring it to return to Earth
- Fast delivery and storage of video between any two points at the furthest reaches of the globe
Exchange Sharing for Speed
The cloud’s many benefits have made it a popular option – but that has made it a victim of its own success, as well. As more organizations migrate to the cloud, they find that sharing storage space leads to data traffic jams and downtime. Live video and other data types suffer from reduced speed, creating logistical challenges. Space-based storage and transmission replace the current multi-hop system, offering the speed that enterprises and governments need to accomplish their missions.
For more information about the value of time in being able to extract the business value enterprises want from their data and computing infrastructure, be sure to check out Aberdeen’s comprehensive research report, Cyber Security in 2017 and Beyond: For the Defenders, It’s About Time.
Cliff Beek is the president of Cloud Constellation Corporation