rockwell collins and stellar launch stellar cloud

February 7, 2018

Rockwell Collins, a leader in aviation and high-integrity solutions for commercial and military customers around the world, and Silicon Valley aviation technology innovator Stellar Labs, Inc. (“Stellar”) announced the launch of the Stellar Cloud, a next-generation software delivery infrastructure platform for Business Aviation solutions, built on the industry-leading and proven Amazon Web Services (“AWS”) infrastructure.

The Stellar Cloud is the preferred infrastructure environment for Rockwell Collins’ ARINCDirect Flight Operations System (“FOS”) and the foundation of future jointly developed next-generation flight operations management solutions. Current FOS customers being hosted by either Rockwell Collins or Stellar will receive a seamless, no additional cost, no hassle upgrade to the Stellar Cloud.

The Stellar Cloud delivers the experience and mobility one would expect from modern applications with the performance, scalability, security, and reliability of modern, global cloud infrastructure. Customers upgrading to the Stellar Cloud should expect significant improvement in systems responsiveness with nearly instantaneous response to common user tasks, such as building trips and quotes.

By leveraging AWS’s native auto-scaling, elastic load-balancing, replication, and auto-provisioning of computing resources, the Stellar Cloud scales seamlessly to match both operator growth and peak day demands. The Stellar Cloud offers advanced security and compliance capabilities including data center and data storage localization, continuous security monitoring, and advanced two-factor authentication – all with a 99.9 percent availability guarantee and best in class back-up, failover and recovery services.

With the Stellar Cloud, operators no longer need to allocate resources toward managing hardware, software, patches, and upgrades. The Stellar Cloud combines the functionality of FOS with next-generation, integrated support access, including knowledge base, ticket initiation, and self-service password management. For operators who currently run and administer FOS themselves, this provides an opportunity to meaningfully reduce the risk of downtime or data loss caused by system or hardware failure, all while increasing efficiency and security.

FOS – powered by the Stellar Cloud is another step in a long-term partnership between Stellar and Rockwell Collins. The companies are co-developing a unified, next-generation, flight planning, operations, and business platform that will combine all of the market-leading flight operations planning functionality of FOS with Stellar’s innovative commerce and business optimization solutions, enabling operators to compete, grow and win their markets. By upgrading to the Stellar Cloud now, current FOS customers are positioned join in this market-making journey, taking advantage of upcoming capabilities like owner access, advanced business intelligence (BI), and operator-to-operator trip collaboration, all integrated with their existing FOS implementation.