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Google Caffeinates Cloud With EspressoGoogle Caffeinates Cloud With Espresso

The latest iteration of Google's SDN architecture looks to boost performance at the edge of the cloud.

Mitch Wagner

April 4, 2017

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Google Caffeinates Cloud With Espresso

Google is hoping a shot of Espresso can help solve a couple of problems: improving app performance for customers and helping Google beat Amazon in the cloud.

Espresso is the latest iteration of Google's SDN architecture, focused at the cloud edge. It's designed to improve traditional Internet architecture, which seeks to find any route between two points -- in this case, Google's cloud and an application endpoint. Instead, with Espresso, the network is continually looking for the best route between the cloud and an endpoint, and optimizing to find new routes in real-time to improve performance.

Espresso is part of Google's strategy to win enterprise customers for its Google Cloud Platform, taking market share from Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS). Amazon has 40% of the cloud market, with other competitors -- including Google -- running behind by a big distance.

Google Fellow Amin Vahdat discussed Espresso during a keynote at Open Networking Summit in Santa Clara, Calif., on Tuesday.

Find out more about Espresso at Enterprise Cloud News: Google Espresso: A Shot at Amazon Cloud.

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About the Author(s)

Mitch Wagner

Executive Editor, Light Reading

San Diego-based Mitch Wagner is many things. As well as being "our guy" on the West Coast (of the US, not Scotland, or anywhere else with indifferent meteorological conditions), he's a husband (to his wife), dissatisfied Democrat, American (so he could be President some day), nonobservant Jew, and science fiction fan. Not necessarily in that order.

He's also one half of a special duo, along with Minnie, who is the co-habitor of the West Coast Bureau and Light Reading's primary chewer of sticks, though she is not the only one on the team who regularly munches on bark.

Wagner, whose previous positions include Editor-in-Chief at Internet Evolution and Executive Editor at InformationWeek, will be responsible for tracking and reporting on developments in Silicon Valley and other US West Coast hotspots of communications technology innovation.

Beats: Software-defined networking (SDN), network functions virtualization (NFV), IP networking, and colored foods (such as 'green rice').

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