Google is expanding its cloud services with five new regions and three new undersea cables. One of the undersea cables, planned to connect Chile to Los Angeles, CA, will be the first privately-owned intercontinental cable built by a non-telecom company, according to Google.
Google stated that its international cloud network delivers 25% of the worldwide internet traffic. This network, which presently includes 15 regions made up of 44 zones, is set to expand to Netherlands and Montreal in the first quarter of 2018. Los Angeles, Finland, and Hong Kong will follow.
Google’s network is made up of regions. Each region independently manages its own resources apart from one another. These regions are then separated into zones, with each zone working in isolation with one-another. This allows customers which deploy their applications in multiple regions and zones to benefit from inherent protection against downtime.
Google states that its investment in Curie cable is part of an ongoing commitment to improving global infrastructure. Google will control the design and construction process, enabling it to refine its makeup to meet Google’s specifications.
Curie will connect Chile to Los Angeles, CA. It will be the first undersea cable to connect with Chile in two decades, and once completed, Google boasts it will be the single largest data pipeline in the country.
Curie will not only serve to connect the United States to Chile but to provide high-speed data to Latin America.
Havfrue is a consortium cable in partnership with Google, Facebook, Aqua Comms, and Bulk Infrastructure. It will connect the United States to Denmark and Ireland.
TE SubCom is heading up the cable’s construction and is expected to bring the cable online by the end of 2019. The project route is presently being surveyed to determine where the cable will be placed.
Google is partnering with RTI-C and NEC on a new cable system that connects Hong Kong with Guam. This cable, called HK-G, combines with other cable systems in the region to better connect the Pacific region, including Australia.
Google states this cable system will give customers in Australia better capacity and latency with major hubs in Asia. This is in addition to an overall improved network capacity in the Hong Kong region.
Other Google-backed Cable Projects
These three cable projects are set to go into service in 2019. These combine with eight other subsea cable investments, four of which are set to go into service by the end of 2019, to create a massive connected sub of intercontinental bodies.
The United States is already connected to Japan, Brazil, and Taiwan through previous Google subsea cable investments.
Amazon is Growing its AWS Infrastructure
Not to be outdone by Google, Amazon also announced its own expansion of its Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud computing infrastructure.
AWS currently includes 18 geographic regions and 50 Availability Zones, most recently including a new third zone in its London-based EU region.
According to Amazon, customers can deploy their applications across multiple zones in a given region to improve fault tolerance, improve scalability, and flexibility.
Additionally, Amazon has 12 more Availability Zones and 4 new regions are in the works. Upcoming regions include Bahrain, Hong Kong SAR, Sweden, and a second AWS GovCloud Region in the United States.