Japanese telecommunications company NTT (Nippon Telegraph and Telephone) is planning to collaborate with SKY Perfect JSAT Holdings to develop a solution that aims to eliminate carbon emission issues datacenters produce.
How? By placing them in space.
Data Centers have been the backbone of today’s infrastructure, think about your apps and websites. They’re all powered by a datacenter somewhere. Increasing demand for apps and websites means increasing demand for datacenters which ultimately leads to more carbon emission.
NTT claims that with its new satellite network technology, combined with “IOWN tech”,it can speed up the data exchange between earth and space.. The Japanese company also claims that it’ll be able to reduce the power needed by conventional datacenters to 1/100 by using solar power from space.
The companies hope to launch over a hundred of these satellite data centers in the near future.
Example of a space datacenter: datacenterfrontier.com
Following the footsteps of tech giants such as Microsoft Azure and SpaceX’s star links satellite datacenter is believed to be able to make the internet more accessible to users in remote areas such as remote Africa.