Poland: Thales Alenia Space, a joint venture between Thales (67%) and Leonardo (33%), and the Polish company CloudFerro has announced the signature of a contract with EUMETSAT, representing also ECMWF (The European Center for Medium-Range Weather Forecasts), and Mercator Ocean International (called the Partners), for the provision of cloud computing and related services for the WEkEO platform. WEkEO is one of the five Data Information and Access Services (DIAS) financed by the European Commission in the frame of the Copernicus Program. The value of the contract amounts to over 10 million euros and covers the provision “as a service” of the computing, storage and network infrastructure plus the data access as well as the processing until October 2021, unless extended for one or two additional years.
The WEkEO platform aims at federating the three Partners infrastructures and provides cloud elasticity through a hybrid Private/Public architecture. Under the contract, commercial exploitation rights are granted to the Thales Alenia Space and CloudFerro Consortium to develop and propose additional services on a different platform in a self-sustained manner.
WEkEO offers data from the Partners and Copernicus data from Sentinel satellites, contributing missions and from the Copernicus marine, land, atmosphere and climate services. It features cloud/big data–based hosted processing and tools in order to bring the “user to the data” to transform the data and to provide services meeting their specific needs or the ones of their users. This new paradigm presents two major benefits, on one hand it reduces the volume of data to be transferred and on the other hand the „pay per use” business model avoids users to invest and operate expensive ICT infrastructure. The development of the WEkEO platform starts on mid-April 2019.