European Space Agency Lifts Off With Orange Cloud

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“Esacloud will allow our scientists to do rocket science rather than IT,” says space agency IT head

The European Space Agency (ESA) has chosen Orange Business Services to deploy and manage its private cloud.

The solution will be called ‘esacloud’ and will be delivered via two mirrored data centres to offer the space agency compete redundancy.

“Esacloud will allow our scientists to do rocket science rather than IT, and our business to jump ahead in time more than five years,” said Filippo Angelucci, ESA head of IT.

Tailored private cloud solution

ESA operates from eight sites across Europe with 2,200 staff working in a wide range of roles including scientific, engineering, operations, industrial and administrative. ESA IT serves these various user communities in many space sectors including support to mission operations and mission simulation and testing.

“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.”

“We have tailored our private cloud solution to meet ESA’s business transformation goals. It IT solutioncombines 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 unrivaled levels service and performance,” said Dr. Helmut Reisinger, SVP Europe, Russia & CIS Orange Business Services.

“By supporting ESA’s digital transformation, we are contributing to a different vision of what IT is doing for this high-performing organisation and business.”

Photo: ESA

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