Google announces improvements coming to its network

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U.S. giant Google announced Tuesday the opening of almost half a dozen data centers and the installation of three new submarine cables in 2018 and 2019, to strengthen its cloud computing infrastructure.

"We'll open our Netherlands and Montreal regions in the first quarter of 2018, followed by Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong - with more to come", he said.

"These new investments expand our existing cloud network", Ben Treynor Sloss, a VP at Google, said in a blog post.

With Curie, Google is set to become the first major non-telecom company to build a private intercontinental cable.

Google is also working with Facebook, subsea network manufacturer Aqua Comms, and industrial group Bulk Infrastructure on the Havfrue cable, which will connect the USA east coast to Denmark and Ireland. While each of those companies will have different uses for the cable, Google plans to use it to boost its network's resiliency in the northern Atlantic region.

Treynor stated that since the search giant commands control over the design and construction processes, it can fully define the technical specifications, streamline deployment and deliver service to the users and customers quickly.

Google isn't the only company making this kind of investment in infrastructure.

One of the cables will be entirely Google owned and will connect Los Angeles to Chile. The new regions and infrastructure will mean faster and reliable connectivity for Google Cloud customers, the firm said. That cable, called Marea, was completed in late 2017.

Now onto the subsea cables, which will be known as the Curie cable (named after scientist Marie Curie), the Havfrue cable (Danish for mermaid) and HK-G cable. It will also increase the company's network capacity at their new Hong Kong region.

Google now has 11 direct investments in cables, which help maintain service in an area in case of server malfunctions. These new regions will come online beginning later this year, while the undersea cables will all launch in 2019.

In October 2016, Google announced it would be building an 8,000-mile undersea cable across the Pacific Ocean by 2018. Further, Treynor noted that after the cables are operational, they can easily make routing decisions to optimize for latency and availability.



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