Google 'cloud' grows with new undersea data cables

Google 'cloud' grows with new undersea data cables

Google 'cloud' grows with new undersea data cables

The cables will dramatically increase the amount of bandwidth on the globe-spanning network that interconnects its cloud data centers and improve performance for users of its cloud services.

The new regions, located in the Netherlands, Montreal, Los Angeles, Finland and Hong Kong, will go live from 2018 and will bring the total number to 18.

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

The move would put Google - which has invested $30 billion in infrastructure during the past three years - in a better position to compete against Microsoft and Amazon.

The company this week announced plans to invest in three new submarine cables that are due to come online in 2019. It will be the first subsea cable in Chile in 20 years and will be the largest single data pipe to reach Google customers across Latin America.

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"Owning the cable ourselves has some distinct benefits", Treynor Sloss wrote.

Its "Curie" cable, named after legendary physicist Marie Curie, will run from Chile to Los Angeles and be privately owned by Google and its parent company, Alphabet.

Despite jumping in head first, Google is not entering the undersea cable business enthusiastically.

Havfrue, the cable running from the Denmark and Ireland, is focused on providing additional capacity for North Atlantic customers. Sloss noted that Google has over 100 points of presence around the world connected by a combination of subsea cables and fiber optic links. Google is working with NEC and RTI-C for the HK-G cable. It has already built several undersea cables as part of a consortium of companies, and will add two more consortium-driven cables over the next few years connecting Denmark to Ireland and Hong Kong to Guam. These three cables will take Google's direct investments up to 11 cables, with the others including: Indigo, PLCN, Tannat, Junior, Monet, FASTER, SJC and UNITY. "From datacentres to subsea cables, Google is committed to connecting the world and serving our cloud customers", he said.

Google does not break out sales figures for its cloud business, but it's thought to make up a big chunk of its "other revenues" segment, which hit $3.4 billion in the third quarter.

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