Google Reveals 'Dunant' Atlantic Subsea Cable Project

Marco Green
July 18, 2018

Named Dunant (after Henry Dunant, founder of the Red Cross), the cable will go overland to follow a terrestrial link to the Chocolate Factory's cloud region in Belgium.

While Dunant is Google's first cable spanning that particular ocean, it's the search giant's second privately-owned cable overall. That said, the construction of Dunant is not expected to be completed before 2020.

This cable will connect from Virginia Beach in the United States to the French Atlantic coast, with the company saying it will add network capacity that will supplement "one of the busiest routes on the internet". Once complete, the cable will offer "well-provisioned, high-bandwidth, low-latency, highly secure cloud connections between the U.S. and Europe", Stowell rites.

As Google noted in its post announcing the cable, the Atlantic is home to one of the world's busiest submarine cable routes. In January, it announced plans to commission three new cables in 2019 as part of a plan to expand its cloud computing infrastructure. These were our Alpha and Beta cables (a nod to how we name software releases), and their success led us to build both Curie and Dunant privately.

"Cables are often built to serve a very specific route".

This means that Google has more control over capacity and the route of the cable, giving it an infrastructural edge over competitors like Microsoft Azure and Amazon Web Services who rely on consortium cables to help their data bridge the Atlantic Ocean.

"In this case, we wanted connectivity across the Atlantic that was close to certain data centres, but the reasons could also include the ability to land in certain countries, or to connect two places that were previously underserved, such as was the case with Curie", Stowell added.

"Our investments in both private and consortium cables meet the same objectives: helping users and businesses can take advantage of all the cloud has to offer", Stowell says.

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