Satcom Direct, the business aviation connectivity, software and hardware provider, has broken ground on phase two of SD Data Center expansion plans. The Bravo phase will double the existing Alpha phase’s 5,000 square feet at the Melbourne, Florida headquarters. On completion, at the end of December this year, the Bravo project will add capacity for a further 120+ server cabinets providing secure data storage for aviation and terrestrial clients of all sizes.
As with the Alpha construction, which saw the first and only data center purpose built for the international business aviation community, the Bravo phase will match the category five hurricane proof construction and adhere to the same high compliance standards already in place. The $3 million investment is being made in response to the sector’s growing recognition of the need to mitigate the risk of cyber-attack during flight.
SD currently has over four hundred business aviation customers subscribing to its cyber security services which deliver tailored solutions built upon years of experience working with very demanding customers, including those representing the military and government sectors. The SD Data Center enables the creation of private networks for clients when connected to SD hardware, software and satellite connectivity. Through the infrastructure available via the SD Data Center existing compliance and security protocols can be applied to the aircraft network like any other corporate location. Phase three, Charlie, which is currently in the planning stage, will support further customized solutions for aviation clients.
“Business aviation customers expect robust, reliable, secure connectivity to be available throughout flight. Our mission is to deliver the best user experience possible and maintain data integrity. As cyber-attacks on business aviation increase, we are responding by enhancing our ability to monitor and manage these threats by keeping data transfer safe through the SD Data Center. Our next phase of expansion increases our capacity to support more customers recognising the need to implement the correct protocols to stay safe at altitude,” says Chris Moore, SD CCO, about the expansion.
About Satcom Direct:
Satcom Direct (SD) 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 new capabilities in communications technology. SD’s industry leading hardware solutions, like the SDR, are complemented by their divisional capabilities including SD Avionics cabin and flight deck systems and SD software solutions. A premier Inmarsat distribution partner (including Jet ConneX), Iridium service partner, and ViaSat Ku preferred reseller, SD is also the exclusive service provider for SmartSky Networks.
SD World Headquarters and primary operations centre is located in Melbourne, Florida, with additional office locations in the United States, Canada, UK, UAE, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Australia, Russia, Brazil, and South Africa.