Google to Deploy Caching Servers in Cuba to Speed Service Delivery
Agreement with government-owned ETECSA telecommunications company will improve performance of YouTube other high-bandwidth content in Cuba, company says.People in Cuba will soon get better access to Google services within the country, courtesy of a new partnership announced this week between Google and ETECSA, Cuba's government-owned telecommunications company. Under the agreement, ETECSA will use Google's Global Cache service to cache high-bandwidth Google content like YouTube videos at a local level within the country. The goal is to reduce latency and improve quality of service for Google content for Cubans with access to the Internet, the company announced in a blog this week. Eric Schmidt, chairman of Google's parent company Alphabet and Arevich Mayra Marin, CEO of ETECSA, on Monday signed off on the partnership in a formal ceremony in Havana, Monday. Google Global Cache is part of Google's content delivery network. It offers a way for the company to cache high bandwidth and frequently requested content at the edge of the network and to serve it from a location close to the end user instead of from one of its data centers. The company currently has thousands of such Google supplied edge nodes deployed with the networks of Internet Service Providers and network operators in locations around the world.
According to Google, when a user makes a request for content, like a YouTube video for instance, Google DNS will direct the request to the edge node closest to the user. If the requested content is already cached on the node, the content request is fulfilled directly by that node resulting in improved performance for the user. If the content is not already cached on the node, Google will retrieve the content from one of its datacenters, serve it to the user and cache the content at the local node for future requests.