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Google now lets enterprises connect directly to its cloud network

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Companies that want to connect their data centers directly to Google’s cloud now have a tool with which to do so. The company unveiled a new service today called Dedicated Interconnect that lets companies set up a direct link to the cloud that’s supposed to provide higher speeds and lower latency compared to transferring data over the public internet.

Getting a dedicated connection to Google’s network is particularly useful for companies that want to quickly transfer data back and forth between their private data centers and the Google Cloud. Once connected to the Google network, company traffic will flow over dedicated fiber around the world.

Companies will need to connect to Google at one of the tech giant’s dedicated points of presence worldwide. Those include Seattle, San Francisco, Chicago, New York, Osaka, Tokyo, Singapore, and Sydney.

Other cloud providers including Microsoft and Amazon Web Services already offer similar functionality to their customers, and this feature is important for Google Cloud to attract the interest of enterprises.

This announcement is the second major networking release Google has issued in the past three weeks. The company also overhauled the way that networking works for applications running in its cloud, providing customers with a lower cost option for their applications.

The product that was previously known as Interconnect has been renamed to Carrier Peering. The difference between that offering and this one is that the new Dedicated Interconnect carries a guaranteed SLA and a connection into Google’s private IP space.

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