Geological risk sites under innovative ESA control

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The European Space Agency is developing a platform for the exploitation of data from major geological risk sites via Interoute's Virtual Data Centre. 
An innovative collaboration based on the deployment of Big Data in the Cloud to help the Earth Sciences contain geological hazards.

As part of its mission to help the scientific community and encourage better use of satellite data to monitor our planet, the European Space Agency (ESA) is developing a SuperSites Exploitation Platform (SSEP) based on Interoute's Virtual Data Centre. This new platform enables the analysis and interpretation of large volumes of satellite data to better understand the causes of geological hazards such as earthquakes and volcanic activity. 

ESA's SuperSites Exploitation Platform was developed in collaboration with Interoute and satellite data processing is possible on demand through the operator/host's Virtual Data Centre. With access to 13TB of data, including 50,000 ESA radar scenes, SSEP users have access to a wide range of algorithms to process this data. The platform includes a Cloud Toolkit, which provides a virtual desktop with the software and licenses needed for data analysis and processing.
To develop this innovation, ESA has used ICT technologies to transform the way its satellite data is used, exploited, and distributed, creating a platform that encourages collaboration, using e-Infrastructures such as Cloud technology. These e-Infrastructures provide the computing and telecommunications infrastructure and services that the scientific community needs for easy and controlled online access to collaboration facilities, resources and tools.

They enable instant remote access to data and instruments, the creation of virtual scientific communities and foster the emergence of e-Science; new working methods based on the shared use of IT and telecom tools and resources, across different disciplines and technological fields. This development implied the ability to provide, provision and deploy a secure, cloud-based ICT infrastructure to accelerate the on-demand processing and storage of large volumes of data for users around the world.

Jordi Farres, EOP Service Support & Ground Segment Technology Office at ESA, comments: " This platform provides authorized users with easy access to tools that allow them to consult and search for data in different archives, make their work queries, retrieve data and send their reports back to the sources of these data; thus making a large amount of data available to users of scientific data. The SSEP model complements the old model where data were shipped and processed at a user's premises. Our collaboration with Interoute and other partners has made this important step possible. »
Régis Castagné, Interoute's Managing Director for France and Switzerland, said : "The combination of our Virtual Data Centre with the European Space Agency's e-Infrastructure enables us to combine all the advantages of the Cloud, huge capacity and unrivalled connectivity, to serve ESA's SuperSites Exploitation Platform. Through this collaboration and through the Cloud, Interoute is helping ESA to plan for the future. »

About ESA

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The European Space Agency (ESA) is Europe's gateway to space. Its mission is to shape the development of European space capabilities and to ensure that European citizens continue to benefit from investments in space. ESA has 20 Member States. By coordinating the financial and intellectual resources of its members, it can undertake programmes and activities that go far beyond what each of these countries could achieve individually. ESA's mission is to draw up the European Space Programme and to carry it out. The Agency's projects are designed to learn more about the Earth, its immediate space environment, the solar system and the Universe, as well as to develop satellite technologies and services and to promote European industries. ESA also works closely with space organisations outside Europe. About 2000 people work for ESA, in all Member States, including scientists, engineers, information technology specialists and administrative staff. Countries belonging to ESA: Austria, Belgium, the Czech Republic, Denmark, Finland, France, Germany, Greece, Ireland, Italy, Luxembourg, the Netherlands, Norway, Portugal, Spain, Sweden, Switzerland and the United Kingdom. Canada participates in some projects under a cooperation agreement. Hungary, Romania, Poland, Estonia and Slovenia are European Cooperation States. Other countries have signed cooperation agreements with ESA. For more information on the SuperSites : http://supersites.earthobservations.org

About Interoute

Interoute owns Europe's largest cloud services platform, with 60,000km of fibre and 10 data centres, plus 31 colocation centres linked to 140 other data centres at partner locations across the continent. Interoute's Unified ICT offering is aimed at multinational corporations as well as all major telecommunications companies in Europe and major operators in North America, East and South Asia, states and universities. These organisations find Interoute the ideal partner for connectivity, content hosting, Internet access and new service creation. Interoute's Unified ICT strategy is attractive to businesses looking for a secure, scalable and unconstrained platform on which to build their voice, video, IT and data services, and to Internet Service Providers looking for high international capacity for their infrastructure and data transfer. With a presence across Europe, North America and Dubai, Interoute also owns and operates several metropolitan area networks in some of Europe's largest business centres.
For more information :  www.interoute.fr

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