Google announces yet another subsea cable project to boost cloud

A better cloud doesn’t just come through more data centres, it also relies on good cables. In Google’s case the strategy is to lay out millions of dollars in often building its own private optical links across vast oceans, to improve the performance of our apps and services.

Google has unveiled yet another private subsea cable project to better support its cloud and other web services, this time a link across the Atlantic Ocean from Virginia Beach to the French Atlantic coast.

The new Dunant cable is expected to become available in late 2020, and will be another boost to the company’s Google Cloud Platform network, helping to increase capacity for customers and providing lower latency for services.

The firm is working with TE SubCom to design, manufacture and lay the cable for Dunant, which will bring “well-provisioned, high-bandwidth, low-latency and highly secure cloud connections” between the US and Europe, said the number three public cloud services player.

In keeping with a theme the company established with its Curie cable, Dunant is also named after an “influential innovator”, Henri Dunant, the first Nobel Peace Prize winner and founder of the Red Cross. Future Google private cables will follow a similar alphabetic theme, said Google.

Google’s first two private cables around the world were Alpha and Beta, followed by Curie. It has worked as part of a consortium to provide others, including Havfrue, HK-G and JGA-S. It says it will continue to invest in consortium cables in the future, with the decision between building them privately or on a shared basis down to geographical, customer, capacity and latency requirements.

The company’s last big subsea project was launched this spring, when it said it would invest in the Japan-Guam-Australia (JGA-S) system. JGA will have two fibre pairs connecting Japan to Guam, and two fibre pairs connecting Guam to Sydney. It is being co-built by NEC Corporation and Alcatel Submarine Networks, with segments totalling nearly 6,000 miles.