Google Ups Service Speeds in Asia With New Fiber Link
The new fiber-optic cable should help Google Apps, Cloud Platform and other Internet services load faster across the region, the company said.Google's services have become a little faster across Asia, courtesy of a new high-speed undersea cable linking the company's largest data center in that continent with its data centers in the United States. The new fiber-optic cable should help Google Apps, Cloud Platform and other Internet services load up more quickly across the region and bolster the company's service consistency and reliability in Asia, said Google regional lead Yan Tang in a blog post. Google and five other members of a group called the FASTER Consortium started bringing the high-speed 5,600-mile FASTER Cable System online in June. The cable has a total bandwidth of 60 terabits per second, of which Google can access up to 10T bps. The cable starts in Oregon in the United States and ends up in the Chiba and Mie prefectures in Japan. In the past few months, Google has worked on extending the Trans-Pacific link across more of Asia via a cable connecting FASTER's landing points in Japan with Taiwan, where Google's largest data center in Asia is located. The millions of people across Asia that the Taiwan data center serves should have quicker access to services and tools as a result of the new link. According to Cheung, the new link between its Taiwan data center and Japan will support bandwidth speeds of up to 26T bps (image courtesy of Google).
"You may not notice right away, but this new cable should help Google products and services load more quickly across the region," Cheung said. The fiber cable has been strategically deployed outside of tsunami zones to mitigate the risk of network outages resulting from such natural disasters.