Business aviation connectivity solutions provider Satcom Direct has broken ground to expand its data center to 10,000 sq ft. Upon completion in December, the project will add capacity for more than 120 server cabinets at the company’s Melbourne, Florida headquarters, which will double its footprint and provide additional secure data storage for aviation and terrestrial clients.
The $3 million expansion will match the category-five hurricane-proof construction and data-compliance standards already in place at Satcom Direct’s existing center. This expansion is in response to business aviation’s growing need to mitigate the risk of cyber attacks during flight, Satcom Direct said.
More than 400 business aviation customers have already subscribed to Satcom Direct’s cybersecurity services, which deliver tailored solutions built on years of experience working with 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, allowing in-flight data security protocols identical to those available at corporate locations.
“Business aviation customers expect robust, reliable, secure connectivity to be available throughout flight. 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,” said Satcom Direct chief commercial operator Chris Moore.
A third, future phase will support further customized solutions for aviation clients, the company said.