Revolutionizing Satellite Communication: Migrating to the Cloud
September 5, 2023
Yaron Katriel, Product Manager at Gilat Satellite Networks
In today’s interconnected world, reliable and high-speed communication is vital for businesses, governments, and organizations to function efficiently. Very Small Aperture Terminal (VSAT) platforms have been a longstanding solution for satellite communication, enabling data transfer and connectivity in remote and challenging locations. However, the traditional on-premises deployment of VSAT platforms comes with inherent limitations and costs. To overcome these challenges, many are now considering moving their satellite communication platforms to the Cloud. Here at Gilat, we have examined the reasons behind this transition, the key aspects to consider, and how we are enabling our customers to make the migration to the cloud seamless and effective.
Network Operators Benefit From Migrating Their Satellite Communications to the Cloud
Transitioning to the cloud enables operators to decouple software from hardware, whether they opt for a public or private cloud setting. This separation process brings forth a host of advantages, including:
Cost-Effectiveness and Flexibility
Migrating to the cloud offers a cost-effective alternative to capital-intensive on-premises deployment. Cloud services follow a pay-as-you-go model, allowing organizations to modulate resources based on demand, which eliminates the need for substantial upfront investments.
Scalability and Rapid Deployment
As businesses grow and expand their operations, their communication needs evolve accordingly. Cloud-based SATCOM solutions offer unparalleled scalability, allowing organizations to seamlessly increase or decrease satellite capacity based on fluctuating requirements. Moreover, with cloud-based deployment, the time required for system deployment and configuration is significantly reduced, enabling rapid deployment to new locations and projects.
Simplified Management and Monitoring
Managing and monitoring on-premises VSAT platforms can be a complex and resource-intensive task. In contrast, cloud-based VSAT solutions streamline system administration, enabling centralized management and monitoring through user-friendly dashboards.
Bottom line: Moving to the cloud allows operators to focus on their service capabilities rather than on running their networks.
SkyEdge IV is architected for the Cloud
SkyEdge IV, Gilat’s next-generation multi-service platform, was designed specifically to take advantage of cloud capabilities:
Your Partner in the Cloud
The migration of VSAT platforms to the cloud is an essential step for network operators seeking cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and enhanced performance in their communication infrastructure. By leveraging Gilat’s expertise, they can deliver seamless data migration, scalability and high availability, empowering them to stay ahead in an interconnected world. The Elastix Architecture of SkyEdge IV’s platform supports a phased approach migration, to best meet the business needs. Each of the components – the Data Center, the Gateway and the NMS – can be independently migrated when the time is right to reduce the customer’s risks and allow decisions based on economic viability.
Partnering with Gilat, network operators can embrace the power of the cloud and unlock the full potential of their VSAT communication networks.