With more and more users depending on the internet, the burst of data-centers has been popping up everywhere within the last 5 years. Locations that were not so tech driven has now become a place to house servers. When designing and creating a state of the art Datacenter, developers look at a lot of key factors such as location, weather conditions, expandability, centrally located, etc. In today’s world, latency and speed is a large factor as well. The bigger the fiber pipes the better as this is the main bottleneck in data transmission. The transmission lines will max out before CPU and memory reach their maximum potential. This will aid in minimizing latency and increase speed (thus increasing productivity;hopefully). Another big factor is also the cost of power to run the Datacenter. In a recent study these server houses consume about 2 percent of the worlds power according to Analyticspress. Today, Datacenters are looking to save operating cost by expanding or opening centers in areas where the power is typically cheaper and climate is usually cooler. Areas like Cleveland welcomes Datacenters according to ABC news. Here’s a quote from ABC ” Northeast Ohio is hardly ready to usurp Silicon Valley as a high-tech mecca, but a growing number of data centers are choosing to locate in and around Cleveland to take advantage of cheap power, an abundance of fiber-optic cable and one of the safest environments in the country for storing digital information.” More Datacenters equals more competition meaning lower cost to business utilizing server storage in large centers. All in all, we hope Datacenters continue to grow driving the Colocation price down to the $20/1U with 1GB connections.
We thought this was very interesting. Running fiber lines on the ocean bed across the sea from US to Japan for faster bandwidth. It’s a great idea but under the water? I’m not too sure about this one. It would take weeks if something catastrophic happens to the line under the ocean in the middle of nowhere. Just a thought. Anyhow it looks like Google partnered up with the Asian market to decrease latency between the West Coast and Japan. This will surely speed up the connection. See below for the article from thenextweb.com. Very interesting.
Here’s a post online from thenextweb.com detailing the fiber deal:
Google has announced it is backing plans to build and operate a new high-speed internet Trans-Pacific cable system called “FASTER” by Q2 2016. In addition to Google, the $300 million project will be jointly managed by China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, KDDI, and SingTel, with NEC as the system supplier.
FASTER will feature the latest high-quality 6-fiber-pair cable and optical transmission technologies. The initial design capacity is expected to be 60Tb/s (100Gb/s x 100 wavelengths x 6 fiber-pairs), connecting the US with two locations in Japan:
The new cable system will be landed at Chikura and Shima in Japan, but will also feature connectivity to many neighboring cable systems so as to extend the capacity beyond Japan to other Asian countries. Connections in the US will extend the system to major West Coast hubs including the Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle areas.
“FASTER is one of a few hundred submarine telecommunications cables connecting various parts of the world,” FASTER executive committee chairman Woohyong Choi said in a statement. “These cables collectively form an important infrastructure that helps run global Internet and communications.”
This new cable will further expand the already complex infrastructure that makes up the internet. “The FASTER cable system has the largest design capacity ever built on the Trans-Pacific route, which is one of the longest routes in the world,” Choi emphasized. “The agreement announced today will benefit all users of the global Internet.”
Google senior vice president of technical infrastructure Urs Hölzle explained the company is making this investment because its products can only be “fast and reliable” if there is “a great network infrastructure” to handle them. “FASTER will make the internet, well, faster and more reliable for our users in Asia,” Hölzle declared.
Everyone knows Google has an obsession with speed. This is yet another reminder that the company has the money to fund its addiction.