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SpaceX Starlink satellites will help Microsoft “go into space”

SpaceX's Starlink project has its first very large partner. Microsoft announced that it has made “the next giant leap in cloud computing — into space.”

The company's new initiative, called Azure Space, aims to connect Azure cloud technology to space. In SpaceX's case, it's Starlink satellites that provide internet access from Earth orbit. Microsoft notes that the satellites will provide low-latency broadband access to the new Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) modular data center. In addition, the company will partner with SES, Intelsat, and ViaSat, but in a different initiative — Azure Orbital.

As it is clear from the press release, the Azure Space initiative, at least in cooperation with SpaceX, will rely on the new Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) mobile data centers. Judging by the name, as well as the concept of the initiative, it looks like these are mobile data centers that Microsoft can deploy in various hard-to-reach areas to meet the needs of customers. Together with SpaceX's “space Internet”, this will allow the implementation of tasks that are currently impossible.

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