With everything from physical cables to software for building the next generation of cloud-native applications, Google Cloud’s networking portfolio is deep and wide. Sometimes, it can help to think of networking features as under one of five key functions: connect, scale, secure, optimize and modernize. Recently, we’ve been discussing these capabilities in our Google Cloud networking in-depth series. We have several more installments in that series coming up, but now is a good time to do a recap of what we’ve discussed so far.
Resilient connectivity is the foundation of hybrid cloud
Within the connect pillar, we made several advancements in our hybrid connectivity portfolio. With High Availability (HA) VPN, enterprises can connect their on-premises deployment to a Google Cloud Platform (GCP) VPC with an industry-leading SLA of 99.99% by creating redundant VPNs. 100 Gbps Dedicated Interconnect enables and accelerates bandwidth-heavy applications with 10X the circuit bandwidth for your hybrid and multi-cloud deployments.
We’ve also made major strides with Cloud DNS. Cloud DNS private zones (GA), peering (beta), and logging (beta)help improve the flexibility of your private cloud architecture, while providing you visibility into your private DNS traffic.
Building for scale and performance
Google has eight services that serve over a billion users every day. At the core of our infrastructure are distributed software defined systems such as the highly-scalable Jupiter network fabric and high-performance, flexible Andromeda virtual network stack. With Andromeda 2.2, we were able to increase VM-to-VM bandwidth by nearly 18X as well as reduce latency by 8X—all without introducing any downtime. In addition, you can now raise the egress bandwidth cap to 32 Gbps for same-zone VM-to-VM traffic, and we’ll soon raise the bandwidth caps for VMs with eight NVIDIA V100 or four T4 GPUs attached to 100 Gbps.
Software-defined principles are ingrained in our DNA. Unlike traditional load balancing solutions, even our load balancing solutions are designed as large-scale distributed software-defined systems. This blog provides a comprehensive view of our load balancing portfolio.
Content delivery is another key requirement for enterprises, helping you scale your applications around the world. Cloud CDN lets you deliver content closer to your users. It caches content in 96 locations around the world, and hands it off to 134 network edge locations with industry-leading performance and throughput.
Choice matters when it comes to optimizing your network
With Network Service Tiers, GCP lets you customize your underlying network, letting you optimize for performance or cost on a per workload basis. Premium Tier delivers exceptional performance around the globe by taking advantage of Google’s well-connected, high-bandwidth, low-latency, highly reliable global backbone network, whereas the standard tier offers regional networking with performance comparable to that of other cloud service providers.
Comprehensive network security should be top of mind
The need for trust is one of the biggest hurdles for enterprises operating in the cloud. Google Cloud was recently named a leader in the Forrester Wave™: Data Security Portfolio Vendors, Q2 2019 report.
GCP offers a robust set of network security controls that help you reduce risk and protect your resources and environment, helping you adopt a comprehensive defense-in-depth security strategy:
- Secure your internet-facing services
- Secure your VPC for private deployments
- Micro-segment access to your applications and services
Networking innovations for application modernization
At Google Cloud we continue to innovate so we can empower you to modernize your applications. Read this blog to read more on enterprise modernization enabled by our migration and networking portfolio.
We hope you’ve enjoyed our Google Cloud networking in-depth series so far. Stay tuned for future installments, in particular, a deep dive about the new Layer 7 Internal Load Balancer.