Hier ist ein Problem von ich bis heute noch nichts wusste: Haie knabbern anscheinend die faseroptischen Kabel auf dem Meeresgrund an und das könnte zu Verbindungsproblemen führen. Dabei handelt es sich wohl schon um ein älteres Problem, weshalb Google jetzt zurückkämpft.
According to Network World’s Brandon Butler, a Google product manager explained at a recent event that the company has taken to wrapping its trans-Pacific underwater cables in Kevlar to guard against shark bites. Google confirmed to me that its newest generation of undersea cables comes wrapped in special protective yarn and steel wire armor–and that the goal is to protect against cable cuts, including possible shark attacks.
It makes sense that Google would be investing in better ways to protect transoceanic data cables. Over the years there have been several instances in which damage to undersea lines resulted in widespread disruptions of Internet service. Dependable network infrastructure has become increasingly essential to Google’s business, which relies on ultra-fast transmissions of information between its data centers around the world.
Update: Okay, anscheinend großer Blödsinn, but I wanted to believe!
You may have heard this week that Google’s ponying up big money to prevent sharks from gnawing its undersea fibre-optic internet cables. Yeah, sharks do occasionally bite a cable, but they haven't exactly developed a taste for them.
In reality, as enticing as the idea of the behemoth corporation struggling to fend off toothy internet-eaters is, the most pressing threat to our underwater infrastructure is (surprise surprise) human activity.