News that the self-proclaimed Google “Duke of Data Centers” is in Australia holding some high level talks. Despite Google’s staunch “nether confirm nor deny” policy, some leaks seem to indicate potential for a Google data centre to be built in Australia.
Clearly Australasia is a little hamstrung partly by the latency issues caused by having most of our data sources on the other side of the world, but also because our content predominantly sits on the other side of the world. So potentially a local data centre could make life easier for us – depending on exactly what Google does with it’s data centres – if they used an Australasian data centre as a massive cache store – speeds here could be improved greatly.
There are potentially some implications for locally based data centres – with Google’s economies of scale where des it leave Australasian based business storage providers – with a much smaller customer base is the only conclusion I can come to.
The other question is what happens to the smattering of web services that the big telco’s provide? With localised (both faster and less jurisdictional concerns) and cheaper options they’ve got to be watching this one very carefully.
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