Google Speeds Latency for Cloud Apps

Beefing up its Andromeda software-defined networking for improved cloud application performance.

Mitch Wagner, Executive Editor, Light Reading

November 2, 2017

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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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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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