SES CEO Steve Collar. Photo: SES Standing out From the Cloud: SES CEO
SES CEO Steve Collar’s head may be in the clouds after a recent deal with Microsoft, but in this case, being in the cloud is not a bad thing. SES kicked off a busy week of trade shows with a huge announcement as the IT giant looks to gain an advantage in verticals such as broadcasting, maritime, video, oil and gas, among others. It is not SES’ only recent major deal with an IT company, as this follows on from an agreement with IBM. Standing out From the Cloud: SES CEO
SES sees this deal as a wide-ranging collaboration designed to power the cloud-scale era with intelligent automation and orchestration, cloud-based video services, and direct satellite connectivity for Microsoft Azure customers. Standing out From the Cloud: SES CEO
For example, SES will be able to provide dedicated, private network connectivity from any vessel, airplane, enterprise, energy, or government site in the world to Microsoft Azure via its multi-orbit satellite systems. As a partner of Azure ExpressRoute, SES will provide global reach and fiber-like high-performance to Azure customers via its complete portfolio of Geostationary Earth Orbit (GEO) satellites, Medium-Earth Orbit (MEO) O3b constellation, global gateway network, and core terrestrial network infrastructure around the world.
In the broadcast arena, SES is working with Microsoft to create a broadcast-grade managed video offering on Azure. The new cloud service will bring scale, flexibility and quality assurance to the entire video delivery value chain — from content ingest to playout to delivery — to help broadcasters keep pace with consumer demand for a premium viewing experience on various devices.
This is a collaboration with Microsoft, a partnership that starts today and has depth and breadth across our business. I expect this to be a long and fruitful partnership and, like all good partnerships, it brings great value to SES, to Microsoft, and to our joint customers who will ultimately benefit the most from this innovation and collaboration.