Google expands network with new data centers, subsea cables

17 January, 2018, 02:17 | Author: Marjorie Miles
  • Google expects the project will cost hundreds of millions of dollars

Google plans to commission the three subsea cables in 2019, the internet giant said in a blog post.

The cable would be the highest capacity trans-Pacific system, with a capacity of 120 terabits-per-second, and is the sixth undersea cable the Google has taken part in.

The sole private cable, dubbed the "Curie" cable after the Polish-French Nobel Prize-winning Marie Curie, will connect Chile to Los Angeles. It will also be the first undersea cable to land in Chile in almost two decades. "It will serve Google users and customers across Latin America", Sloss added. Owning the cable ourselves has some distinct benefits. It's a big investment, though a drop in the bucket compared to the $30 billion Google has spent to date on improving its infrastructure over the past three years. "Also, once the cable is deployed, we can make routing decisions that optimize for latency and availability".

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The other two cables are owned by consortiums, which Google as a member.

Early work has already begun on selecting the exact route the Havfrue cable will follow. This cable, called Havfrue - Danish for mermaid - will be built by TE SubCom and is expected to come online by the end of 2019. A third, simply known as the "Hong Kong-Guam" cable, will be built with the help of telecom companies and connect, you guessed it, Hong Kong and Guam.

Google is also working with Facebook, subsea network manufacturer Aqua Comms, and industrial group Bulk Infrastructure on the Havfrue cable, which will connect the US east coast to Denmark and Ireland. The last one has the rather unimaginative name, HK-G cable.

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Google aims to ramp up its cloud computing business by hooking up five new regions and adding three subsea cables expanding its networks for its customers the company said on Tuesday.

Image background concept of cloud computing.

Google is also gearing up to open new Cloud Platform regions in the Netherlands, Montreal, Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong this year.

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Its datacentre expansions suggest adoption of Google's public cloud services is showing no signs of slowing, after 2017 saw the firm opening around one new region a month to keep up with demand. Google promises they are not done yet and there will be additional announcements of other regions. The Google network has over 100 points of presence and over 7,500 edge caching nodes. It will also increase the company's network capacity at their new Hong Kong region.

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