A South African company is introducing a service using a satellite-based router that will actually put cloud computing in ... the sky.

ND SatCom said Friday it will introduce the celestial service at an industry conference, SatCom Africa, which begins in Johannesburg on Tuesday.

The company, which also is based in Johannesburg, will call the service XWARP. By routing data through satellites, global companies can provide executives and workers "latency-free, virtualized and bandwidth-optimized" use of general business software from SAP, Oracle and Microsoft.

SES Astra operates the Astra network of satellites that serves Europe and Africa. SES is a group of satellite operators and network providers which provide global reach, overall.

“Overcoming latency and maintaining reasonable costs are typical challenges for transmission via satellite,'' said Christian Adolph, director of marketing at ND SatCom. "Satellite communications networks are therefore often not the first choice for backup networks and enterprise connectivity for business critical applications."

XWARP, however, works with virtualization technology from Citrix, a supplier of software and services for cloud computing, to provide what ND SatCom says will be "for the first time" cost-efficient cloud computing via satellite. The XWARP and Citrix combination will let companies give access to virtualized applications from their data centers with almost zero delay, Adolph said.

The approach combines Citrix application delivery system, known as XenApp, in the data center with ND SatCom's satellite router, SkyWAN.

This article can also be found at SecuritiesIndustry.com.

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