Google Bolsters Cloud Networking Services

The ongoing game of one-upmanship between Amazon, Microsoft, and Google over public cloud services continues unabated, with Google firing the latest salvo in the form of a host of new updates to a variety of Google Cloud Networking services.

New Google Load Balancing Access Points

Chief among the improvements is Google’s expanded load balancing offerings, which gains a dozen additional access points across the globe, namely in Chicago, Dallas, Lisbon, London, Los Angeles, Madrid, Miami, Munich, Paris, San Francisco, Seattle, and Stockholm. That bolsters Google’s points of presence footprint to 30 countries and more than 70 discrete access points.

Latency — the time it takes information to travel from one location to another across the internet — can sap performance for cloud services, so Google’s larger number of access points should mean shorter distances for data it travel for many customers. Google Cloud Networking Product Management Lead Morgan Dollard elaborated on the new points of presence in a post on the Google Cloud Platform blog.

“Today’s connected user is accustomed to fast and responsive application services, be they web services accessed from a browser or apps on a mobile device,” wrote Dollard. “…with the expansion of Google’s load balancing solution to 12 additional locations, your workloads running on Google Cloud Platform are closer in proximity to your users who are making service requests from all over the globe.”

A trio of other announcements were mentioned by Google, namely a public beta of their Google Compute Engine network VPN solution, news that their Cloud DNS service hit general availability, and that Google has signed up almost a dozen additional Carrier Interconnect partners.

Google Compute Engine Network VPN Beta

Customers of Google Compute Engine can now connect their on-premise networks to their Google Compute Engine network by way of an IPsec connection. Google says that the VPN Beta also support Internet Key Exchange (IKEv1 and IKEv2), static routes, site-to-site VPN, and ESP in Tunnel mode. See Google’s site for more information on the Google Compute Engine VPN Beta.

Cloud DNS Hits GA

Google is also moving more aggressively into the Cloud DNA arena, and Dollard wrote about the advantages Google thinks it has with their offering. “With Cloud DNS…you can host millions of zones and records and handle SLA-Backed name-serving queries. For customers with more than 10,000 zones, our new pricing tier lowers the cost of ownership for large organizations operating DNS infrastructure at scale.” See Google’s site for more information on the Google Cloud DNS service.

New Carrier Interconnect Partners

Last but not least, Google has also announced 11 new partners in their Carrier Interconnect program, which is pictured below. Carrier Interconnect partners provide the ability to connect to Google’s network with higher-bandwidth connections, enabling customers to “…connect to Google Cloud Platform with higher availability and lower latency connections.”

Google Carrier InterConnect Partners
Google announced 11 new Carrier InterConnect partners, including 1cloudstar, colt, CyrusOne, eunetworks, GlobalCapacity, Global Cloud Exchange, IIX, interCloud, Masergy, Megaport, and PCCW Global. (Image Credit: Google)