Google aims to ramp up its cloud computing business by hooking up five new regions and adding three subsea cables expanding its networks for its customers the company said on Tuesday.
The company says five new regions are to come on stream beginning the first quarter of 2018 with the Netherlands and Montreal, followed by Los Angeles, Finland and Hong Kong.
In addition, there are plans for further infrastructure investment through the commission of three new submarine cables in 2019.
The company becomes the first major non-telecom company to build a private intercontinental cable with the Curie, which will connect Chile to Los Angeles. 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.
Google cites key benefits of owning the cable which includes allowing it to define the technical specifications as well as “make routing decisions that optimise for latency and availability.”
The Havfrue, which will connect the US to Denmark and Ireland will come online by the end of 2019 is consortium run with Facebook, Aqua Comms and Bulk Infrastructure and will increase capacity in the North Atlantic systems.
The third cable, Hong Kong-Guam Cable system, is also consortium run with RTI-C and NEC. The system will connect subsea communication hubs in Asia through multiple scalable, diverse paths that will help customers to experience improved capacity and latency from Australia to major hubs in Asia. It will also increase the company’s network capacity at their new Hong Kong region.
PayPal is one company that will leverage Google’s network and infrastructure. Sri Shivananda, PayPal’s senior vice president and chief technology officer said, “At PayPal, we process billions of transactions across the globe, and need to do so securely, instantaneously and economically. As a result, security, networking and infrastructure were key considerations for us when choosing a cloud provider.”