Google to Build New Data Centers Around the World

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While those new data centers and regions are necessary to keep Google's Cloud network up and running, arguably the more exciting announcement today concerns those undersea cables.

In addition to the new cables, Google this year will also add five new cloud regions in Los Angeles, Montreal, Finland, the Netherlands and Hong Kong.

Google is expanding its existing cloud network with new data centers this year and new subsea cables in 2019.

The US internet behemoth has spent US$30 billion (RM118.6 billion) improving its infrastructure during the past three years and "we're not done yet", according to cloud platform vice president Ben Treynor Sloss. These cables will extend Google's private network into regions where its competitors have yet to stake their own claim, and should be finished before the end of 2019. It will be the first new cable to land in Chile in nearly 20 years, and will become the largest single data pipe connecting the country, Google claims. Google will use the cable to serve its customers and users across Latin America.

A second cable, which will run from the USA east coast to Denmark, with a stopover in Ireland, will be 7242 kms in length. Havfrue, a consortium cable with Facebook, Aqua Comms and Bulk Infrastructure, will run the USA to Denmark and Ireland, coming online in late 2019. 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.

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"Google subsea cables provide reliability, speed and security not available from any other cloud", Sloss stated.

Meanwhile, Google is building Havfrue with Facebook, Aqua Comms and Bulk Infrastructure, and working with RTI-C and NEC on the HK-G cable system.

Google now has a direct investment in 11 under-sea cables and it leases capacity on several others.

Google's VP of cloud services told the WSJ that it had no choice if it wanted faster links to regions not now well served by data connections.

Here, Google is beefing its European presence, while AWS recently announced further availability zones in its EU:London region and it shouldn't be too long before you see an announcement from Microsoft, IBM and the rest.

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