MoreA Microsoft logo is seen on an office building in New York City in this July 28, 2015 file photo.REUTERS/Mike Segar/Files - RTSFWF8 Reuters - Microsoft Corp and Facebook Inc have agreed to jointly build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean to meet growing demand for high-speed cloud and online services.The 6,600 kilometer cable, the first to connect the United States with southern Europe, will be operated and managed by Telefonica SA's telecoms infrastructure unit Telxius.The move comes nearly two years after Google Inc, now Alphabet Inc, agreed with five Asian companies to invest about $300 million to develop and operate a trans-Pacific cable network connecting the United States to Japan.http://reut.rs/1P0LEvN Microsoft has also been experimenting with underwater datacenters under its Project Natick, and last year tested a prototype on the seafloor for four months.Underwater datacenters, envisioned to be powered by renewable marine energy sources, is expected to reduce the huge cost associated with cooling datacenters that generate a lot of heat, and also to reduce the distance to connected populations.
The ubiquity of mobile devices has exponentially increased the number of people connecting to and using the Internet.That's not yet counting the exponentially increasing volume of data going through the Interwebs thanks to streaming services and cloud computing.Answering that call, Microsoft and Facebook, two of the biggest companies associated with high-speed Internet-based products and services, have joined forces to build MAREA, a new subsea cable that will cross the Atlantic in an attempt to provide quality Internet services to the world.MAREA is certainly an ambitious undertaking.Partnering with Telefonica gives Microsoft and Facebook access to the telecommunications provider's years of experience with such undersea cables.MAREA has already been cleared to go Contract-in-Force CIF and the two companies plan to start the construction of the cable in August, which will hopefully be completed by October next year.
Facebook and Microsoft are building a massive underwater cable across the Atlantic Ocean to deliver faster cloud and online services as data consumption rises, the tech firms said Thursday.The cable, called  MAREA, spans more than 4,101 miles and will connect data hubs from Northern Virginia to Bilbo, Spain, and then to network hubs in Europe, Africa, the Middle East and Asia.With a bandwidth of up to 160 terabytes per second, the cable is the highest-capacity subsea cable to ever cross the Atlantic and will be the first to connect the United States to southern Europe, the companies said in a news release.Construction of the cable will begin in August and is scheduled to be completed in October 2017, according to a news release from both companies.Telxius, which is part of telecommunications company Telefónica, is managing the cable system.Facebook wants to make it possible for people to have deep connections and shared experiences with the people who matter to them most — anywhere in the world, and at any time, Najam Ahmad, Vice President of Network Engineering at Facebook said in a statement.We re always evaluating new technologies and systems in order to provide the best connectivity possible.The tech firms aren t the first to build a larger underwater cable system to deliver faster Internet.In 2010, Google and five other companies completed a trans-Pacific cable system that connected the west coast of the United States to Japan.Photo Credit: AFP/Karen Bleier/Getty Images Tags: facebook, Microsoft
The companies say the so-called MAREA cable will allow them to meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and their customers.Once operational, MAREA will be the highest-capacity subsea cable to cross the Atlantic at least for the time being and will feature eight fiber pairs.The cable was designed to handle 160Tbps and will use a different route from other existing cable systems that also connect the U.S. and Europe.In order to better serve our customers and provide the type of reliable and low-latency connectivity they deserve, we are continuing to invest in new and innovative ways to continuously upgrade both the Microsoft Cloud and the global Internet infrastructure, said Frank Rey, director, global network acquisition, Microsoft Corp.This marks an important new step in building the next generation infrastructure of the Internet.Typically, companies like Microsoft and Facebook have joined larger consortiums of technology companies and telecom players to build — or invest in — these cables.
The tech companies will help design the subsea cable which will run between Virginia in the US and Bilbao, Spain.The project will be managed by Spanish telecommunications firm Telefonica, which will sell any unused capacity on the cable to other customers.The cable will help the tech giants move data more quickly and cheaply between their global data centres.Microsoft said MAREA will help boost the speed and reliability of its cloud services.Microsoft has also been testing underwater data centres.Facebook and its 1.23 billion monthly active users are also heavily reliant of transferring data and chief executive Mark Zuckerberg has committed to expanding global internet access.
Facebook and Microsoft have announced plans transverse the Atlantic with a giant high-speed fibre internet cable, capable of delivering data at 160Tbps.Work on the state-of-the-art subsea cable will begin in August and will allow both Microsoft and Facebook to shift giant data loads around the globe.In a press release Microsoft says it will meet higher demand for high speed, low latency, reliable communications through services like Skype, Xbox Live, and Office 365.Related: How do dodge the forced Windows 10 update As the world continues to move towards a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft is committed to building out the unprecedented level of global infrastructure required to support ever faster and even more resilient connections to our cloud services, the company wrote.Facebook will use the infrastructure to move data relating to Messenger, WhatsApp, Instagram and indeed the social network itself.comments powered by Disqus
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Set to be completed in 2017, new MAREA cable will help speed up cloud and online services at both companiesFacebook and Microsoft have revealed that they are teaming up to build one of the largest subsea cable projects to date.The computing giant and social media titan will work together to roll out the new MAREA cable across 6,600km of the Atlantic Ocean as it looks to deal with growing customer demand for faster data connections.Microsoft does have previous experience in underwater engineering, having earlier this year tested an underwater data centre that it hopes could reduce cloud latency by being placed close to heavily populated areas near coastlines.Project Natick, which held a test rack of servers, was sunk 30 feet off California for four months in 2015, with Microsoft now looking to further develop the research by building larger capsules that could possibly house cloud services such as Azure and Office 365.As the world is increasingly moving toward a future based on cloud computing, Microsoft continues to invest in our cloud infrastructure to meet current and future growing global demand for our more than 200 cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live and the Microsoft Azure platform, said Christian Belady, Microsoft s general manager, datacentre strategy, planning & development.By building the cable along this new southern route, we will also increase the resiliency of our global network, helping ensure even greater reliability for our customers.
The submarine cable system will be operated by Telxius, Telefónica's telecommunications infrastructure company, and connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, US, to Bilbao, Spain.The company believes this will help to ensure more resilient and reliable connections for customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.Frank Rey, director of global network acquisition at Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, said the reason why the company has entered the joint project with Facebook is because Microsoft is "seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure".This new "open" design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.Less than a week after Aqua Comms' announcement, Equinix and Aqua Comms unveiled their own plans to build a 5,400Km subsea system linking New York to London.However, the last time a content provider giant entered a transatlantic cable deployment, was in August 2014, with Google partnering in a $300m project with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Singte, and NEC Corporation.
The submarine cable system will be operated by Telxius, Telefónica's telecommunications infrastructure company, and connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, US, to Bilbao, Spain.The company believes this will help to ensure more resilient and reliable connections for customers in the United States, Europe, and beyond.Frank Rey, director of global network acquisition at Microsoft Cloud Infrastructure and Operations, said the reason why the company has entered the joint project with Facebook is because Microsoft is "seeing an ever-increasing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for Microsoft cloud services, including Bing, Office 365, Skype, Xbox Live, and Microsoft Azure".This new "open" design brings significant benefits for customers: lower costs and easier equipment upgrades which leads to faster growth in bandwidth rates since the system can evolve at the pace of optical technology innovation.Less than a week after Aqua Comms' announcement, Equinix and Aqua Comms unveiled their own plans to build a 5,400Km subsea system linking New York to London.However, the last time a content provider giant entered a transatlantic cable deployment, was in August 2014, with Google partnering in a $300m project with China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI, Singte, and NEC Corporation.
View photosMoreHttps%3a%2f%2fblueprint-api-production.s3.amazonaws.com%2fuploads%2fcard%2fimage%2f99173%2fap 453113790928Facebook and Microsoft on Thursday announced that they are teaming up to build a subsea cable across the Atlantic Ocean.In a blog post, Microsoft says that the goal of the cable is to help meet the growing customer demand for high speed, reliable connections for cloud and online services for Microsoft, Facebook and others.The cable system will be 6,600 km 4,100 miles in length.Operated and managed by Telefonica s Telexius, this will be the first subsea cable system to connect the United States to southern Europe.The cable will go from a data hub in Virginia Beach, Virginia, to Bilbao, Spain.Back in 2014, Google announced a partnership with five Asia-based telecom companies to build a subsea cable connecting the U.S. with Japan.
Earlier this week, we reported that Snapchat was raising more money.We also obtained a leaked pitch deck revealing Snapchat s revenue and forecasts.The cloud communications platform also announced a new product called Programmable Wireless – programmable SIMs for IoT and handsets with T-Mobile – as well as its new Notify API that lets developers orchestrate push notifications, text messages and chats.Now, Gawker founder Nick Denton has published an open letter challenging the investor in a public debate outside the courtroom.Natasha Lomas wrote that the original dream of Google s project Ara modular smartphone concept is dead.Microsoft and Facebook announced that they are teaming up to build a subsea cable across the Atlantic that will connect Virginia Beach, Virginia, with Bilbao, Spain.
Crucially, the development will have a 60MW connection into an adjacent substation due in 2017 – meaning locals won't see their lights flicker every time Kim Kardashian uploads another nude selfie.For an admittedly crude comparison, we happen to know you could pick up some fine secluded agriculture land in picturesque County Cavan for less than €10,000 per acre.Sadly though you d be missing out on the Cork site s proximity to the Hibernia Network subsea cable, which the developers are banking on to deliver the shortest available data latency between Europe and the US East Coast.Silicon Republic adds that other data centres are on the Cork drawing board, including a proposed EMC facility.The site already has near mythic status, due to being a setting for a particularly popular Irish sing-along-favourite – though the same could be said for virtually anywhere in Ireland.By way of mitigation, Apple has offered to construct walking trails, Galway s 250,000 population currently having a mere 2,374 square miles to stretch their legs in.
Google is one of the partners backing the cableThe world s highest-capacity undersea internet cable, a 5,600-mile link between the US and Japan backed by Google has been activated.The fibre cable, which can transport data at 60 terabits per second 60 million Mbps is expected to be a significant boost to trans-pacific internet speeds.Google is one of six companies behind the project, alongside Asian telecoms groups.Google s Urs Hozle said it had more capacity than any active subsea cable .The trans-pacific cable Credit: NEC
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To view this page ensure that Adobe Flash Player version 10.2.0 or greater is installed.This stunning video gives shark aficionados everywhere a rare close-up view of a sixgill shark.A team working with OceanGate, an organization that provides subsea research and exploration, filmed the shark alongside a posse of dogfish earlier this month.The sixgill was spotted as the team explored the water using OceanGate s Cyclops 1 submarine near British Columbia s Desolation Sound.The shark was spotted at a depth of 490 feet, and is estimated to be about 12 to 15 feet long.Sixgills typically stay at depths below 200 feet and have been known to swim as deep as 8,000 feet, according to OceanGate.
As a senior robotics and machine-to-machine systems scientist, Judith Guzzo spends most of her days in a lab at GE s Global Research Center in upstate New York.There, Guzzo created a "digital twin" of the pipes that connect oil wells to drill ships — equipment called the drilling riser — turning an idea her team imagined in the lab into an application that could save millions of dollars.The digital twin is a virtual model of the riser.GE already makes digital twins of entire wind farms, power plants, batteries and other technologies using Predix, the cloud-based operating system it developed for the Industrial Internet.Risers are typically at least 6,000 feet long—that s nearly six Eiffel Towers stacked on top of one another—and made up of 90-foot segments of pipe.With drilling ships costing hundreds of thousands of dollars a day to operate, any work stoppage is no pocket change.These costs can escalate as companies start drilling in deeper waters — 10,000 feet and beyond — prone to be churned up by hurricanes and tropical storms endemic in the Gulf.Bad weather and strong currents rattle risers with excessive vibrations that can cause fatigue, bend the riser and lead to repairs that can drag on for weeks."Working with RPSEA research Partnership to Secure Energy for America , NETL National Energy Technology Laboratory and GE customers, our concept was to give the drilling contractors and operators increased visibility into the health of their equipment below the surface.
The world's network of undersea internet cables is vast and its capacity is set to expand further with a new cable that to be laid by Google and Facebook.Along with Pacific Light Data Communication and TE SubCom, the tech giants are joining forces to lay the first cable that directly connects Los Angeles to Hong Kong.The cable, which will be laid and operational by May 2018, will have 12,800km 7,953 miles of fibre optics and have a huge capacity of 120 terabits per second.This will make it the "highest-capacity trans-Pacific" cable in existence – the record is currently held by Google's 'Faster' cable.The cable will increase the amount and speed of internet traffic that can travel between the US and the autonomous Chinese territory.The C L band tech is said to be able to "double" the capacity of the bandwidth per fibre.
A German U-boat thought to have been sunk by HMS Coreopsis back in 1918 has been discovered by a power company laying cables off the coast of Scotland.The U-boat, if it is indeed the UB-85 as thought, comes with a bizarre history.The captain of the vessel and his crew abandoned ship and was captured by the crew of the Coreopsis, whereupon he told them his sub was attacked by a sea monster with huge teeth, a battle that left the sub so damaged that it was unable to submerge itself and escape.Naval historians don't believe that tale, as you might expect, telling a more believable version of events that says it was caught on the surface recharging its batteries by the Coreopsis and made a hash of the hurried attempt at a submerge -- and its crew was left with no option but to surrender or be sent down with the vessel.Peter Roper from Scottish Power said: "The images we get back from the subsea scans are incredibly detailed, but we obviously need to be aware of what lies beneath before we can start laying a power cable.In all the years I have been building power lines, I can say that this is the most extraordinary discovery."
A German U-boat thought to have been sunk by HMS Coreopsis back in 1918 has been discovered by a power company laying cables off the coast of Scotland.The U-boat, if it is indeed the UB-85 as thought, comes with a bizarre history.The captain of the vessel and his crew abandoned ship and was captured by the crew of the Coreopsis, whereupon he told them his sub was attacked by a sea monster with huge teeth, a battle that left the sub so damaged that it was unable to submerge itself and escape.Naval historians don't believe that tale, as you might expect, telling a more believable version of events that says it was caught on the surface recharging its batteries by the Coreopsis and made a hash of the hurried attempt at a submerge -- and its crew was left with no option but to surrender or be sent down with the vessel.Peter Roper from Scottish Power said: "The images we get back from the subsea scans are incredibly detailed, but we obviously need to be aware of what lies beneath before we can start laying a power cable.In all the years I have been building power lines, I can say that this is the most extraordinary discovery."
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