Along with the new Azure Space program, Microsoft today announced Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) to enable cloud computing capabilities in hybrid or challenging environments.
Azure Modular Datacenter (MDC) features:
- With MDC you can deploy a self-contained datacenter unit with a field transportable solution that provides near-immediate value. The unit can operate in a wide range of climates and harsh conditions in a ruggedized, radio frequency (RF) shielded unit.
- Once deployed it can act as critical infrastructure where temperature, humidity, and even level surfaces can pose a challenge.
- A major differentiator for MDC is that customers can run the unit with full network connectivity, occasionally connected or fully disconnected. This is a unique, powerful capability that allows customers to access the power of the Azure cloud on their terms.
- Microsoft is partnering with satellite operators to provide an option for secure and reliable connectivity to field deployed MDC units. In the event of a network disruption, the network high availability module will move traffic from the impacted network to a backup satellite connection.
MDC units are already in early use with defense and private sector organizations.