European Space Agency renews deal with GTT cloud services

GTT delivers a diverse mix of services for ESA to connect its eight cloud and office locations round Europe, including sharing of Earth Observation data

The European Space Agency, who provide Europe's gateway to space, has renewed and expanded its agreement with GTT Communications Inc., a leading global cloud networking provider to multinational clients, to enable ESA's seamless private and public cloud interconnection. The space agency is no stranger to us at BizClikMedia, having welcomed keynote speaker, Chief Climate and Sustainability Officer Andrea Vena, at our recent Sustainability LIVE event.

The ESA is an intergovernmental organisation that began in 1975. Their mission is to shape the development of Europe’s space capability and ensure that investment in space delivers benefits to the citizens of Europe and the world.

ESA shares Earth Observation data from its satellites orbiting Earth with institutional partners, scientists, businesses and the public. Presently, access to its Multi-Mission data is delivered through GTT hybrid cloud and includes cybersecurity and professional services from GTT, in support of current and future ESA missions, as well as selected third party missions.

The GTT solution hosts more than 8PB of data collected from ESA’s Multi-Mission satellites, which connects ESA's eight cloud and office locations in Germany, Italy, Luxembourg, The Netherlands, Norway, Spain and Sweden.

ESA capabilities far beyond any single European country

By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, ESA can undertake programmes and activities far beyond the scope of any single European country. It is working in particular with the EU on implementing the Galileo and Copernicus programmes as well as with Eumetsat for the development of meteorological missions.

Damiano Guerrucci, Head of Earth Observation Common Services Section at ESA, said: “The satellite data we collect and make available through GTT’s cloud networking services is used in ever more crucial ways for monitoring our planet and in solving today’s climate change and geo-hazard challenges. We’ve worked closely with GTT for more than a decade, benefiting from its secure and resilient cloud and connectivity services that support us in evolving how we share and manage our Earth Observation data.”

GTT's secure hybrid cloud

Tom Homer, President, Europe Division, GTT, added: “We are proud to continue supporting ESA’s Earth Observation mission. When we first began many years ago, we delivered storage to ESA for just 300TB of satellite data. Today, GTT delivers a secure hybrid cloud and connectivity platform that supports the scientific, commercial and public use of more than 25 times that amount of metadata, along with incredible imagery of our evolving planet. It has been a tremendous journey and partnership that we look forward to developing further.”

GTT operate a global Tier 1 internet network and serve thousands of businesses with a portfolio that includes SD-WAN and other WAN services, internet, security and voice services.

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