This could be the thin edge of the wedge leading to a rather nasty walled Internet
Cloud and ads behemoth Google is building a subsea internet cable linking the US to the UK and Spain. The cable, which it named for compsci pioneer and mother of COBOL Grace Hopper, aims to provide better internet reliability and recovery from outages, the $1trn Alphabet giant said. Google has already made investments in …
The major infrastructure difference between Google and other cloud providers is that Google have their own dark fibre linking their DC's meaning that they generally have more available bandwidth between DC's.
It also gives them more independence from third parties that may choose to impose walls. Unless your concern is Google placing walls around themselves at which point I suspect they might show how unwise that path is.
I suspect the prime problem is that Google has already demonstrated to have a data fetish and no law or reason is capable of preventing it from getting its grubby fingers on whatever flows through that cable. Couple that with being a US outfit and sharing that fetish with the NSA, and the challenge is clear..
Hardly. How is the existence of their fast pipe going to stop you from using other services? This is more like an airline buying a refinery...
This just allows more/faster connectivity between Google's various data centers. It will be a real advantage for them only when Europeans want to download something from Google's US servers, or vise versa.
The only ones who should be alarmed are cloud service providers with an international reach. Transferring files to/from US based Amazon S3, Dropbox, etc, users may be slower to Europe than Google Drive/Google Cloud. As Google isn't the biggest player in those markets, and this doesn't provide a drastic advantage, I don't see any cause for panic.
Not sure what you are suggesting here.
There are thousands or dark fibre comms links between private companies data centres.
I have put in private links for companies before.
If you want the best service for your company a private link is the way to go. It is just that most companies don’t run dedicated cables across an ocean due to cost.
Taking a look at the map it seems Greenland's population of 56,000 is entirely reliant on one link in and out, while Guam's population of 168,000 will still be browsing the web for funny cat pictures through World War III. Perhaps not an accident, as 29% of Guam is a US military base.
To be fair, Greenland is very well situated for links between Russia and Canada, and not much else. Not a lot of traffic between those two, last time I checked.
On the other hand, Guam is pretty much in the middle of a bigish chunk of the Eastern Pacific Ocean, and thus is well situated to handle a large percentage of the world's Internet traffic.
On the gripping hand, follow the money ...
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