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As part of its latest project, Google is expanding the network of its undersea cables to increase its cloud-computing speed. This project is part of Google’s plan to connect its private data networks to regions its competitors, such as Amazon and Facebook, have not touched before. Google has estimated during its planning process for the project that it will cost billions of dollars to complete; however, it believes that the project is worth the expense to get a better shot at the multibillion-dollar cloud-computing market. These new cables are designed to increase the speed of transfer of data and reroute users to other servers around the globe if a region gets overloaded or fails. Vice-President of this project, Ben Traynor Sloss, shared the following image on his blog to simplify the benefits of the project for Google’s customers:
As part of the project, Google will be working under a matrix team structure. Members of the project will include representatives from Facebook, Microsoft, and other cloud-computing giants. Out of the three cables this project aims to complete, the Curie cable, stretching from Los Angeles to Chile, will give Google the competitive advantage of being the only cable that connects the region. Although Google shares its cables with companies such as Facebook and Microsoft, it is set on maintaining the sole ownership of Curie to catch up to its rivals. It will be interesting to see how the monopoly over this cable line will increase the competitiveness of Google in the cloud business after the completion of this project.
Google has estimated that the project will be finished in 2019. Since this is not the first time it is working on laying down fiber-optic cables in the sea, Google has information from its past projects to estimate the timeline of the project. Projects like these have a significant number of variables affecting their successful completion, such as earthquakes, shark attacks, problems with cable-laying machines, damage from anchors etc. Therefore, it should be a hard task to estimate the costs and timeline of these projects while taking the risk of all these aforementioned events into account. In my opinion, for cables like these which span over a distance of 6200 miles, the critical path for the project should be laying down these cables under the sea. Other activity paths for this project might include setting-up the cloud technology in the cables after they have been placed under the sea or customization of cables according to the demands of Google.
I would like to know your opinion on whether you all think controlling the successful operation of this project will be easy or difficult for Google. Are there ways to prevent project delays caused by external variables (shark attacks, natural disasters etc.) or risks in undersea cables or can we only find out solutions for problems once they arise?