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SpaceX’s Starlink taps Google for cloud services

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SpaceX has reached a deal with Google that will allow its Starlink satellite internet service to make use of the search giant’s massive data centers for cloud services.

By setting up terminals at Google‘s data centers, Starlink will receive computing and networking resources to improve connections to customers. As part of the deal, Google’s enterprise cloud customers will benefit from the high-speed Internet of the satellite network.

Per SpaceX president and chief operating officer Gwynne Shotwell, the combination of their high-speed, low-latency satellite broadband with cloud services delivers a fast, secure connection that is sought after by global, modern organizations. SpaceX’s collaboration with Google will also yield advances in artificial intelligence and machine learning.

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The capabilities introduced by Google and Starlink deal are estimated to become available to enterprise customers by the second half of 2021. Besides Google, SpaceX also has a similar deal with Microsoft to connect Starlink to the Azure cloud.

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  1. So Google datacenters will have Starlink ground stations on the roof. The Azure deal is slightly different as it provides connectivity for Azure portable DC infra. Ok, go read reviews of Starlink. It needs an extremely large line of sight to the sky. I have only lived in one place that had that, and it had high winds and they prohibited dishes for TV. Current beta testers are putting their dishes on poles to try to get a better signal. The verge just released their review, and it’s worth a read. This is not going to work for 98% of Filipinos.