#Google Opens Faster Big Data Pipe Between #US and #Japan
By Peter Suciu
Jul 1, 2016 7:00 AM PT
Full article: www.technewsworld.com/story/Google-Ope…
Google on Wednesday unveiled its latest investment in long-haul undersea fiber optic cabling. Dubbed the "Faster Cable System," it is the highest-capacity undersea cable built to date, providing 60-Tbps (terabits per second) bandwidth between the United States and Japan.
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times faster than an average cable modem, Google noted.
Google is one of six members of the Faster Consortium, which officially announced the development of the cable in 2014. Google has sole access to the pair of 100Gb/s x 100 wavelength optical transmission strands that run between Oregon and mainland Japan. One is used for the sending data, while the other is for receiving.
The total investment in the Faster system reportedly approximated US$300 million.
Faster will be used to support Google users, including Google Apps and Cloud Platform customers, said Alan Chin-Lun Cheung of Google's submarine networking infrastructure group. Google will have access to up 10Tbps of the cable's total capacity. It will use the bandwidth to support its newly announced Google Cloud Platform East region in Tokyo, which is set to launch later this year.
The dedicated bandwidth that Faster can provide will ensure quicker data transfers, along with reduced latency, for GCP customers worldwide.