European Space Agency private cloud from Orange Business helps scientists do rocket science instead of IT

flexibility and security provided by private cloud transforming space exploration

The European Space Agency (ESA), an intergovernmental organization dedicated to the exploration of space, has chosen Orange Business to deploy and manage its private cloud. The solution known as esacloud is playing a key role in the digital transformation journey of the Agency. 


ESA operates from eight sites across Europe with 2,200 staff working in a wide range of roles including scientific, engineering, operations, industrial and administrative. ESA IT serves these various user communities in many space sectors including support to mission operations and mission simulation and testing. To meet these, and other diverse requirements, ESA requires a massive supply of computing resources. 


Through esacloud, Orange Business has created a common, secure and rapidly provisioned computing infrastructure for the entire organization. It delivers efficiency gains by providing computing resources at lower cost and improves productivity. End-users are able to provision the computing resources they need in a matter of minutes rather than a matter of months.   


Orange Business ensures business continuity by delivering esacloud via two mirrored data centers to offer complete redundancy for applications and services. The private cloud solution provides high levels of security by enforcing rigorous role-based access control and security design, customized to the specific requirements of the various ESA user communities. 


“Esacloud will allow our scientists to do rocket science rather than IT, and our business to jump ahead in time more than five years,” said Filippo Angelucci, ESA head of IT Department and CIO. “We put a high value in close partnership with suppliers in IT and since being selected in 2000, Orange Business has helped ESA innovate and be a pioneer in many areas, such as the first European converged MPLS IP VPN. Esacloud marks a new milestone in our joint path.”  


“We have tailored our private cloud solution to meet ESA’s business transformation goals. It combines our global network in a seamless fashion with best-in-class, secure, scalable, flexible and top-business-grade cloud infrastructure and an end-to-end SLA framework to deliver unrivaled levels service and performance,” said Dr. Helmut Reisinger, senior vice president Europe, Russia & CIS Orange Business. “By supporting ESA’s digital transformation, we are contributing to a different vision of what IT is doing for this high-performing organization and business.”


For more information, watch how ESA is using Orange private cloud flexibility to transform space exploration