The European Space Administration is looking to better leverage the cloud with some help from Orange Business. Through the DIAS Airbus Consortium, Orange will be providing its cloud expertise as part of the Copernicus project.
Copernicus represent's the EU's effort to get the planetary data at its disposal into the hands of more EU citizens. Copernicus consists of multiple satellite missions as well as ground-based observations covering a wide range of land, atmospheric, and oceanic targets, and puts all those observations together into a coordinated view of the planet.
To make it happen, the consortium will be using Orange's Flexible Engine cloud solution, which is built off of OpenStack, as well as its overall cloud expertise. Also part of the project are Airbus, Capgemeni, CLS, and Vito. Within six months they hope to put all that big data in the cloud and make it available to scientists, businesses, and entrepreneurs.
Just what those folks will then do with it is an interesting question, which is sort of the point.