Google Cloud and SpaceX team up for satellite connectivity

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SpaceX will locate their Starlink ground stations within Google data center properties.

Google Cloud and SpaceX this week announced a new partnership to deliver data, cloud services, and applications to customers at the network edge. The service will leverage Starlink’s ability to provide high-speed broadband internet around the world and Google Cloud’s infrastructure.

Under this partnership, SpaceX will begin to locate Starlink ground stations within Google data center properties. The companies say this will enable the secure, low-latency, and reliable delivery of data from Starlink satellites to locations at the network edge via Google Cloud. More than 1,500 Starlink satellites are currently in orbit.

Google Cloud’s high-capacity private network will support the delivery of Starlink’s global satellite internet service. This will bring businesses and consumers seamless connectivity to the cloud and Internet, they say. It will also enable the delivery of critical enterprise applications to virtually any location.

Service is targeted at distributed organizations

Organizations with broad footprints often require access to applications running in the cloud. They also need cloud services like analytics, artificial intelligence, or machine learning. Such organizations include public sector agencies, businesses with presences at the network edge, or those operating in rural or remote areas.

Connectivity from Starlink’s constellation of low-Earth-orbit satellites provides a path for these organizations to deliver data and applications to teams distributed across countries and continents. The companies say they can deliver this connectivity 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.”

“Combining Starlink’s high-speed, low-latency broadband with Google’s infrastructure and capabilities provides global organizations with the secure and fast connection that modern organizations expect,” said SpaceX President and Chief Operating Officer Gwynne Shotwell.

“We are proud to work with Google to deliver this access to businesses, public sector organizations, and many other groups operating around the world.”

This new capability for enterprise customers should be available in the second half of 2021.