Google network presence in Australia

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For a while now there have been signs of Google rolling out some form of local network presence in Australia. Rumours were that they were trying to buy up large amounts of colo space in Sydney a while ago but I dunno what they ended up doing.

I'm on an iiNet connection and yesterday I noticed that code.google.com resolved to an IP hosted somewhere in Sydney, judging by the traceroute and RTT.

$ traceroute code.google.com
traceroute: Warning: code.google.com has multiple addresses; using 66.102.11.100
traceroute to code.l.google.com (66.102.11.100), 64 hops max, 40 byte packets
 1  nexthop.nsw.ii.net (203.55.231.88)  17.399 ms
 2  gi3-10.syd-stl-bdr2.ii.net (203.215.2.55)  15.512 ms
 3  te1-4.syd-stl-bdr1.ii.net (203.215.20.142)  14.622 ms
 4  gi0-15-1-5.syd-ult-core1.ii.net (203.215.20.20)  16.438 ms
 5  AS42.sydney.pipenetworks.com (218.100.2.98)  14.986 ms
 6  66.249.95.224 (66.249.95.224)  15.337 ms
 7  64.233.174.242 (64.233.174.242)  26.729 ms
 8  kr-in-f100.google.com (66.102.11.100)  18.969 ms

Today I was watching a YouTube clip and pondering why it was loading so slowly. I thought initially it might've just been my PC as I was running backups at the time but I noticed in Firefox' status bar that it was "stuck" on v15.cache.googlevideo.com. A quick mtr to that showed that it also resolved to the same kr-in-fXX.google.com as above.

As I wrote this post, I checked that v15.cache.googlevideo.com, and it is now resolving to an iiNet IP. :)

$ host v15.cache.googlevideo.com
v15.cache.googlevideo.com is an alias for
        v15.cache.l.google.com.
v15.cache.l.google.com has address 203.217.23.24
$ host 203.217.23.24
24.23.217.203.in-addr.arpa domain
        name pointer 203-217-23-24.gc-syd.iinet.net.au.

I'm guessing that the first instance was either a mistake, or became overloaded. But the iiNet hostname in the second instance is interesting. gc-syd = Google Cache, Sydney?

Finally, www.google.com also resolves to the kr-in-fXX.google.com names.

I'd say all of these are caching proxies as I don't really believe that there is sufficient datacentre space in Sydney for Google to roll out entire farms of their web search clusters, nor YouTube/Google Video farms.

UPDATE: As pointed out on Whirlpool such a setup has existed in Perth since December.

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