Google 'cloud' grows with new undersea data cables

Google announced on January 16 that it is growing its global networking infrastructure with new connectivity and five new cloud regions.

The company plans to follow up these openings by commissioning three subsea cables in 2019 that will respectively connect Chile to Los Angeles, the United States to Denmark and Ireland, and Hong Kong to other communication hubs in Asia. Each new region will have multiple availability zones, which give customers some flexibility and protection when setting up workloads in a given region.

A "Curie" cable connecting Chile and Los Angeles will be the first intercontinental connection of its kind not owned by a telecom company, Sloss said. The three cables will connect Chile to Los Angeles, the USA to Denmark and Ireland and Hong Kong to Guam, and are called, respectively, Curie, Havfrue and HK-G. Since Google controls the design and the construction of the cable, the company has full say over the technical specifications, he noted.

"Together, these investments further improve our network - the world's largest - which by some accounts delivers 25 percent of worldwide internet traffic", Ben Treynor Sloss, vice president of Google's cloud platform, said in a blog post on Tuesday.

"At Google, we have spent $30bn improving our infrastructure over three years, and we're not done yet". "Companies like PayPal leverage our network and infrastructure to run their businesses effectively".

Early work has already begun on selecting the exact route the Havfrue cable will follow.

"These new investments expand our existing cloud network".

Google's Cloud platform is already up and running in thirteen regions including Tokyo, Taiwan, Mumbai, Singapore, Sydney, London, Belgium, Frankfurt, Sao Paulo, Oregon, Iowa, Northern Virginia, and SC.

The cable linking Chile to California, called "Curie" in honor of Marie Curie, will be "the main data conduit from or to Chile", said Sloss. When deployed, the cable will increase Google's network capacity in the Hong Kong region and deliver better performance and response times between Australia and major hubs in Asia, Treynor said.

These ventures increase Google's investments in subsea cables to 11 which they directly own, in addition to numerous others which they lease.

  • Valerie Cook