Rick Wagner, president of Microsoft‘s federal arm and a four-time Wash100 awardee, was featured in the most recent Executive Spotlight interview with ExecutiveBiz on Wednesday. He talked about the company’s cybersecurity investment and FastTrack program support, the Digital Defense Report results and other Microsoft efforts to develop its capabilities and help federal agencies.
Here’s an excerpt from the interview with Wagner discussing the future of satellite and space tech with Microsoft:
“As we build out our capabilities, we want to extend the cloud basically everywhere. I think it’s both 5G at the edge. It’s orbital to connect all of this. I think the other thing that I would say is that we’ve got the largest set of dark fiber resources in the world. If you combine all of those, you can expand our cloud to basically all the reaches of the Earth in space.
Right now, we have three objectives in terms of agile space. The primary goal is to extend that conductivity. As I discussed earlier, through the ecosystem of all satellite providers, we’ve got a growing network that we can now extend our cloud across to allow people to access the cloud from anywhere. We’re partnering with all the leaders in the space community, and being able to unblock supercomputing into more and more scenarios and places where they would not have necessarily had the reach in the past.”
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