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Satcom Direct completes Bravo phase expansion
Faced with data storage close to full capacity, Satcom Direct is doubling its data centre footprint. The addition of extended facilities in Florida means that eventually clients will enjoy many more data management options.

Satcom Direct (SD) has completed the Bravo phase of expansion of its SD data centre. The second stage of a four part expansion has doubled the existing footprint to 10,000 sq ft at its Melbourne, Florida headquarters. The extended facility has added capacity for over 120 further server cabinets providing secure data storage for aviation and terrestrial clients of all sizes. As planned, the Bravo phase was initiated when the existing data centre was close to reaching targetted capacity goals.

The Bravo phase mirrors the existing facility providing category five hurricane-proof construction and adheres to the same high compliance standards already in place. The SD data centre enables the creation of private networks for clients when connected to SD hardware, software and satellite connectivity. Through the infrastructure available, existing compliance and security protocols can be applied to the aircraft network like any other corporate location. The installation of the infrastructure is already underway as customer server cages and cabinets are in process. Phase three expansion, Charlie, is now in the planning stage and will further support customised solutions for aviation clients when completed.

“The SD data centre provides efficient and secure transport of data across a self-owned, fully redundant and highly-scalable network. It serves our own family of companies and allows us to provide robust cybersecurity monitoring and protection. The latest figures collated from our exsiting threat monitoring subscribers show that this is is becoming more and more necessary,” says president business aviation Chris Moore. “We can now further leverage the capabilities of our data centre to support current and future internal and customer-facing services which will result in more data management options for our aviation clients.”

SD hosted an open house to mark the second phase completion. Attended by civic leaders, government officials, clients and employees, guests were able to tour the upgraded facility and discuss the importance of data security to business continuity.

Satcom Direct and its companies provide global connectivity solutions for business and general aviation, military, government and head of state aircraft. The company also provides land mobile services to areas with connectivity limitations. Since 1997, SD has worked to advance the technology of global connectivity, being first to market with many new capabilities in communications technology. Its connectivity solutions are complemented by its divisional capabilities including SD cabin and flight deck hardware systems and software solutions. A premier Inmarsat distribution partner, Iridium service partner and Viasat preferred reseller, SD is also the exclusive service provider for SmartSky Networks and the master distributor of Intelsat FlexExec.

SD's world headquarters and primary operations centre are located in Melbourne, Florida, with additional office locations in the US, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia and Brazil.

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