Google Cloud to expand infrastructure with new regions, submarine cables

Google Cloud to expand infrastructure with new regions, submarine cables

The company, a division of Alphabet Inc., has announced that it will expand its Cloud services to five new regions, and build three new submarine cables to service its capacity needs.

Netherlands and Montreal regions will open in 1Q18 with L.A., Finland, and Hong Kong to follow.

The Google Cloud Platform is expanding to include five additional datacentre regions and three subsea cables, as the search giant's pledge to invest $30bn in building out its cloud infrastructure gathers pace.

Google said in 2019 it will be involved with the commissioning of three sub-sea cables: Curie, a private cable connecting Chile to Los Angeles; Havfrue, a consortium cable connecting the United States to Denmark and Ireland; and the Hong Kong-Guam Cable, connecting major subsea communication hubs in Asia.

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.

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

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.

Google now has 13 regions and a total of 44 zones around the world. These new regions will come online beginning later this year, while the undersea cables will all launch in 2019. Sloss noted that Google has over 100 points of presence around the world connected by a combination of subsea cables and fiber optic links. Further, Treynor noted that after the cables are operational, they can easily make routing decisions to optimize for latency and availability.

The Curie cable will connect California to Chile. TE has already begun scoping out the cable's potential route. The team claims it has pumped $30 billion into cloud infrastructure over the last three years, and announcements like this imply the big spending will continue. Google is coming to you, and it's coming fast.

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