Meant for the deployment of its global satellite-based broadband Internet network Starlink, SpaceX has announced a partnership with Google Cloud. Elon Musk’s SpaceX company will begin to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data centers, enabling the delivery of data from more than 1,500 Starlink satellites launched to orbit to-date to locations at the network edge via Google Cloud.
Google Cloud’s high-capacity private network will support the delivery of Starlink’s global satellite Internet service, bringing businesses and consumers connectivity to the cloud and Internet, and enabling the delivery of enterprise applications to virtually any location.
“Combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google Cloud’s infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect,” said Gwynne Shotwell, President and Chief Operating Officer at SpaceX. “We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world.”
Cloud Services, AI, Machine Learning
Organizations with broad footprints, like public sector agencies, businesses with presences at the network edge, or those operating in rural or remote areas, would often require access to applications running in the cloud, or to cloud services like analytics, artificial intelligence (AI), or machine learning. Connectivity from Starlink’s constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites would provide a path for these organizations to deliver data and applications to teams distributed across countries and continents, “quickly and securely.”
“Applications and services running in the cloud can be transformative for organizations, whether they’re operating in a highly networked or remote environment,” said Urs Hölzle, Senior Vice President, Infrastructure at Google Cloud. “We are delighted to partner with SpaceX to ensure that organizations with distributed footprints have seamless, secure, and fast access to the critical applications and services they need to keep their teams up and running.”