DCF Podcast: Trends in Subsea Cables, And Why They Matter

Aug. 7, 2020
In a new Data Center Frontier Show Podcast, host Rich Miller looks at how cloud growth is reshaping how data travels around the globe, and the role of undersea cables in these trends.

The Data Center Frontier Show podcast tells the story of the data center industry and its future. Our podcast is hosted by Rich Miller, editor of Data Center Frontier, who is your guide to the ongoing digital transformation.

DCF Podcast Episode 8: Trends in Subsea Cables, And Why They Matter

Google’s Grace Hopper Cable connecting the U.S. and Europe is the latest in a series of new subsea cable projects. Data Center Frontier Show host Rich Miller looks at how cloud growth is reshaping how data travels around the globe.


For additional insights on undersea projects, check out our Subsea Cables Channel on the DCF web site, as well as these stories:

For example, with the Grace Hopper cable, Google is looking to connect closely to a new data center region that it’s building to serve the Madrid area in Spain. When we see hyperscalers investing heavily in something, we usually see ecosystems and business opportunities arise around them. And that’s become true with the subsea cables as well, as we’ve seen new companies and groups move forward to build new subsea cables to try and support the hyperscalers in their growth globally and also to open up new regions to the benefits of internet connectivity.

The larger story is that these cables are tying together the globe and bringing internet services and connectivity to new places in new ways. The construction of new cables to serve different parts of the world is increasingly important during the COVID-19 pandemic, when we’ve seen how online services become the table stakes, become a lifeline to tie together parts of the economy so that people can continue to partake in business and education and health care. Over time these subsea cables will bring new opportunities to new parts of the world.

One of the things I’ve learned in 20 years covering the data center industry is that announcements often have a larger context and tell a deeper and more important story about how the industry is changing and where it is headed from here.

At Data Center Frontier, we’re looking at these trends all the time and trying to explain them in a way that can help our readers understand where the world is headed. Join us in this journey and follow us at datacenterfrontier.com, and on our many social channels. We look forward to sharing the journey with you and we’ll see you again very soon!

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