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Google Speeds Latency for Cloud Apps

Google Cloud apps are getting a speed boost -- or more precisely, significantly reduced latency -- with an upgrade to the company's Andromeda software-defined networking (SDN) stack announced Thursday.

Andromeda connects all the parts of Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) Cloud Platform, and version 2.1, announced Thursday, reduces network latency between Compute Engine virtual machines by 40% over version 2.0, writes Jake Adriaens, Google Cloud software engineer, in a post on the Google Cloud Platform Blog.

Low latency is important as applications move to the cloud and are accessed through web browsers, Google says. "While the headline metric is often bandwidth, network latency is frequently the more important determiner of application performance. For example, low latency is essential for financial transactions, ad-tech, video, gaming, and retail, as well as workloads such as [high performance computing] applications, memcache and in-memory databases. Likewise, HTTP-based microservices will see significant improvement in responsiveness with reduced latency."

Google claims to have reduced latency eight-fold since it launched Andromeda in 2014.


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The company explains technical details on its blog post.

Google had another networking announcement this week, launching Google Cloud Dedicated Internet into general availability. That service provides high-speed, reliable connections between enterprise on-premises networks and the Google Cloud Platform. (See Google Hybrid Cloud Networking Gets Production-Ready.)

And Google launched Network Service Tiers in August, connecting enterprise cloud applications to customers. (See Google Offering Tiered Networking for Cloud Customers.)

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kq4ym 11/27/2017 | 8:00:31 AM
Re: Latency Issues With Apps It would make sense that Google and others want to improve on latency, and going into IoT and 5G arenas will mandate some almost nil latency to operate with efficiency and keep the customers happy for sure.
kq4ym 11/14/2017 | 10:44:05 AM
Re: Latency Issues With Apps Although probably the vast majority of users don't notice the changes in latency generally encountered, I wonder if the latency improvement changes will make larger or any differences to networks and slower speed connections found in rural and home use?
mhhfive 11/6/2017 | 2:23:32 PM
Re: Latency Issues With Apps There are some speed gains from software shortcuts, but that will only get so much improvement. Real gains probably come from having more control over the network hardware and its placement. I wonder if Google is building point to point wireless networks.....
mhhfive 11/6/2017 | 2:23:27 PM
Re: Latency Issues With Apps There are some speed gains from software shortcuts, but that will only get so much improvement. Real gains probably come from having more control over the network hardware and its placement. I wonder if Google is building point to point wireless networks.....
Michelle 11/6/2017 | 2:18:27 PM
Re: Latency Issues With Apps I can imagine they're doing a combination of things and they're all listed under "eyes only" at HQ.

Seriously -- It is very interesting they're able to do this at all. There's some secret sauce on the line somewhere. :)
mhhfive 11/6/2017 | 12:34:28 PM
Re: Latency Issues With Apps I'm curious how Google is accomplishing low latency levels where it doesn't have control over the network. Are they building more data centers closer to customers-- or are they developing their own fiber networks?
danielcawrey 11/2/2017 | 6:41:26 PM
Latency Issues With Apps Application performance in particular is why Google has to be hyperfocused on the issues of latency. They know low latency leads to angry users. And they certainly don't want that!
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