Is Satellite-Based Cloud Computing the Solution to Total Data Security for End-Users?

BIS Research
4 min readMar 23, 2023

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Satellite Cloud Computing System

With the digitalization of the world, data collection and storage services offered by companies such as information technology (IT) and telecommunication is increasing at an unprecedented rate.

As most of the sensitive information is being stored in the cloud provided by these data companies, a growing concern has risen around end-user data and privacy.

For user satisfaction, companies are turning to satellite- based cloud computing, which would provide data security services such as end-to-end encryption.

Satellite cloud computing service infrastructure is an independent space-based network that allows for secure storage and provisioning of sensitive data across the globe.

Satellite cloud computing is an ideal solution for industries such as banking, financial services and healthcare that require high levels of data security and privacy.

This article outlines how space cloud computing works and explores the potential of this technology to provide total data security to end users with integration of satellite and the cloud.

How does satellite cloud computing system work?

Satellite cloud computing systems use digital satellite links to provide access to cloud computing services.

These space cloud systems host software and applications remotely, and reduce business costs by eliminating the need for capital investments in servers and storage, resulting in zero operational expenses for running data centers.

Moreover, various layers of security are adopted to achieve data protection through satellite cloud computing system

Different security services such as communication security, data encryption, monitoring and auditing, access control, cloud integration, authorization management, and business continuity services, work together to provide a comprehensive defense against potential threats.

The space cloud system encrypts the data before it is transmitted through satellites to the cloud servers, which restricts any unauthorized parties to access or understand the data.

This space cloud system requires users to authenticate themselves before accessing the data, which ensures only authorized users to access the data, which can be done by providing a password or two-factor authentication.

The satellite cloud computing system regularly backs up the data in multiple locations to protect against data loss or corruption in case of a failure or attack as well as employs a firewall to protect the cloud servers from unauthorized access and potential attacks.

Adaptive Coding and Modulation (ACM) can also improve the performance and reliability of satellite cloud computing systems, by adapting to the changing conditions of the channel.

ACM can also help to reduce the amount of power required for transmission, which can prolong the life of the satellite and reduce costs.

SpaceX and Microsoft Join Forces to Expand Cloud Access

Microsoft’s Azure Orbital Cloud Access, is a new service offered by Microsoft that allows customers to communicate with and analyze data from their satellites or spacecrafts on a subscription basis.

It was announced by CEO Satya Nadella on September 22, 2020 at Microsoft Ignite 2020 in New Orleans and is considered as ‘Ground Station as a Service (GSaaS)’.

Azure Orbital has joined forces with Space X’s Starlink in 2022, offering low-latency(1-hop) access to the cloud from anywhere on the planet, by integration of satellite-based communications and cloud operations.

Azure Orbital Cloud Access delivers prioritized network traffic through SpaceX’s Starlink connectivity and Azure edge devices, providing customers with access to services in areas with low or no connectivity.

With Azure Orbital Cloud Access, businesses and public sector organizations can access the cloud from anywhere, making it easier to bring satellite-based communications into their enterprise cloud operations.

Azure orbital relies on resilient and secured ground stations for transportation of data to and from the satellites.

Microsoft claims to provide total data security to its users, as it invests more than $1 billion a year on cybersecurity services, research, and development.

Azure Orbital uses multiple layers of security and specialized threat intelligence to quickly identify and safeguard against evolving security risks.

This is a huge step forward in the future of integrated 5G and satellite communications providing data access and security to government and private enterprises, also active in remote locations.

According to data insights from BIS Research, the global satellite-based cloud computing market was valued at $0.36 billion in 2022, which is projected to reach at $0.47 billion in 2032, growing at CAGR of 2.53% during the forecast period 2022–2023.

Global Satellite-based Cloud Computing Market

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Conclusion

Satellite-based cloud computing has the potential to provide total data security for end-users due to its ability to secure storage across the globe using independent space-based networks.

Moreover, to offer total data security to end-users, cloud services providers are collaborating with satellite communications companies.

With satellite-based cloud computing, the data can be given immunity against cyber threats, by multilayered security measures.

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