Google’s Networking Infrastructure is Evolving

Google surprised the home networking world in August by announcing that they’d be launching a home networking router –OnHub. It promises to solve all your Wi-Fi woes. While Google is new to the home networking industry (beyond Google Fiber), it should be no surprise that they’re finally starting to release some of their own innovations into the networking world. Home Wi-Fi is just the tip of the iceberg.

google-innovation-wifiMost technology companies purchase data center hardware and software from third party vendors. While this is how Google started, they quickly decided to start manufacturing their own solutions in house. They knew they had unique needs and needed to take matters into their own hands.

What followed was a decade of innovation that outpaced even the leaders in the networking world. Google has recently started opening up about the technology that powers this tech giant.

Innovation At 1 Petabit/Sec

Google’s present infrastructure, named Jupiter, can deliver 1 petabit/sec of total bisection bandwidth. Power like this didn’t happen overnight. As Google has grown and evolved as a company, its network has evolved right alongside it.

In 2005, Google was able to reach 1 gigabit/second of total bisection bandwidth. The next incarnation saw switch chips moved outside of the regular servers. The network became known as WatchTower in 2008 and made use of 10G fiber instead of the standard network cables. These new server racks helped provide the backbone for all of Google’s services and were deployed worldwide.

WatchTower could provide 87 Tbps, which was quite impressive for its day. Saturn was created a year later and was capable of an unprecedented 207 Tbps. Google made use of Saturn for 3 years, until Jupiter was rolled out. Jupiter continues to serve Google – for now.

Brace for A New Wave of Innovation

Google has published a series of papers that detail much of how their next-generation data centers operate. Due to the variety and complexity of Google’s services, they have networking needs that are miles above the average company’s needs. This also means that their in-house innovations have already made a path for the next wave of innovation.

Google’s published research will certainly be studied by networking companies and other innovative minds. A new wave of networking technology is about to be created, and it’s going to be led by Google.

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Google surprised the home networking world in August by announcing that they’d be launching a home networking router –OnHub. It promises to solve all your Wi-Fi woes. While Google is new to the home networking industry they’re finally starting to release some of their own innovations into the networking world.
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