Plug your data center directly into Google cloud

Google has launched a new service called Google Cloud Interconnect Dedicated that allows companies to directly connect their data center network to its public cloud.

The company already has an interconnect service, which has been renamed Carrier Peering, where co-location provider or carrier customers can buy private links to Google’s cloud. Here the third party has been eliminated, and the link is direct.

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Interconnect Dedicated service goes much further than Google’s Cloud VPN service. While that created a secure tunnel to Google’s cloud, those connections were limited to 3 Gbps, and traffic traveled over the public internet. Interconnect Dedicated offers a direct line to Google’s network with up to 80 Gbps in bandwidth, which is far more useful for moving large amounts of data.

The new service also gets a service-level agreement (SLA) from Google, a guarantee by the cloud provider that the connection will not go down. SLAs are the kind of assurance skittish IT managers want when going outside of their data center. However, you can get the SLA only if you provision redundant connections to Google’s cloud in multiple locations.

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