Launching the Next Generation Satellite Ground System

October 27, 2015


Since 1992, DigitalGlobe has been a leading global provider of commercial high‑resolution Earth imagery. The company’s comprehensive image library contains more than 4 billion square kilometers of Earth-imagery and imagery products that support defense, intelligence and civil agencies, mapping and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration and more.  When DigitalGlobe started planning for its next generation satellite ground system, speed and agility was critical.  They wanted a reliable application platform that could work across a variety of cloud infrastructures and support multiple languages.

Solution – Cloud Foundry

The Open Cloud Native Application Platform for:

  • Continuous Delivery of Microservices
  • Agile + Extreme Programming
  • Open Source Tools for Developers
  • Secure and Reliable Cloud Operations

“Cloud Foundry is giving us the ability to run all of this on multiple platforms and to be able to migrate back and forth at will.”  Mike Wierzbinski, Director of Cloud Architecture at DigitalGlobe


  • Scrum Teams are now focused on function, not technology
  • Rapid development, with minimal drag
  • An open source path to end vendor lock-in

“The ability to support all of the different languages and the kind of hygiene that we don’t have to worry about is terrific.” Mike Wierzbinski, Director of Cloud Architecture at DigitalGlobe

About DigitalGlobe

DigitalGlobe is a leading provider of commercial high-resolution earth observation and advanced geospatial solutions that help decision makers better understand our changing planet in order to save lives, resources and time. Sourced from the world’s leading constellation, our imagery solutions deliver unmatched coverage and capacity to meet our customers’ most demanding mission requirements. Each day customers in defense and intelligence, public safety, civil agencies, map making and analysis, environmental monitoring, oil and gas exploration, infrastructure management, navigation technology, and providers of location-based services depend on DigitalGlobe data, information, technology and expertise to gain actionable insight.