Microsoft will be able to connect its cloud platform with satellites.
The American multinational Microsoft has presented this Tuesday Azure Orbital, a new service that will connect its cloud platform with satellites and thus compete with Ground Station of Amazon Web Services, its biggest rival in this field.
In the framework of its Ignite developer conference, which this year was held virtually due to the covid-19 pandemic, the company led by Satya Nadella has shown for the first time how the service will work, which will initially be only available to a select group of your customers.
“The new ground station service enables satellite operators to communicate with and control them, process data, and scale operations directly with Microsoft Azure,” explained Azure Networking Senior Program Manager Yves Pitsch.
With Azure Orbital, operators can schedule contacts with their ships and download the data directly to the virtual network in their cloud, allowing it to be processed immediately using Azure’s own geospatial, analytical and artificial intelligence tools.
The company based in Redmond (Washington state, USA) anticipates that it has already reached agreements to work with companies in the Amergint sector, Kratos, KSAT, KubOS, Viasat, Viasat and US Electrodynamics.
“With access to low-latency global fiber networks and the global scale of Microsoft cloud services, customers can innovate quickly with large amounts of data coming from satellites. The cloud is at the center of modern communications for remote operations and for gathering, processing and distributing vast amounts of data from space, “added Pitsch.
At Ignite, the company that owns the Windows operating system also announces that on October 30 it will launch its health commitment in the Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare in a generalized way, with the aim of offering solutions to the needs of the health sector during the crisis due to the covid-19.
Microsoft Cloud for Healthcare, announced in May, is designed to adapt Azure’s own data processing and analysis tools to the world of hospitals and public health, with a special emphasis on ensuring interoperability between different systems.
Another novelty announced this Tuesday was the preliminary launch of Microsoft Power Automate Desktop, which allows automating tasks in Windows intuitively and with little effort, that is, in a way suitable for those who do not have computer programming knowledge.
This is the latest addition to a project – to make automation processes available to the general public – that took a quantum leap in May with the acquisition by Microsoft of the robotic process automation company (RPA, for its acronym in English) Softmotive.
Robotic process automation is a software-based technology – despite the name, there is no physical robot involved – that through automated learning observes and learns about repetitive and tedious tasks carried out by people, and creates automatic processes to replace effort human.
The processes that are automated can be very complex – as long as they are repetitive and leave little room for improvisation – or as simple as moving digital files from one place to another or copying and pasting information between different files.