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What is Distributed Cloud, and why is it a trend?

Pointed as a trend for the business world, the Distributed Cloud promises to override competing models, such as the Public Cloud and the Hybrid Cloud. Understand more about this concept in today’s blog post


Have you heard of the Distributed Cloud? The idea took shape with the constant advancement of Edge Computing, the uses of IoT (Internet of Things), and 5G technology. Gartner already considers this technology as one of the main trends for 2021. Data Governance, decreased latency, and compliance are demanding solutions like this.

After all, what exactly is this model? Why will the term be heard more and more in organizations? Keep reading to find out the answer!

What is the Distributed Cloud?

Distributed Cloud is a model based on the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations. However, issues such as governance and operation remain part of the responsibility of a public cloud provider. We are talking about the decentralization of the cloud but maintaining centralized control. 

Amazon Web Services (AWS) Outpost is one of the first known Distributed Cloud examples, but we already see initiatives from IBM, Google in partnership with AT&T and Microsoft with Vodafone.

What are the benefits?

After all, why is Distributed Cloud a trend? By understanding the benefits of this type of solution, it becomes easier to understand the reasons. 

The distributed cloud guarantees:

  • Low latency: near-real-time access to rapidly changing data when operations are closer to those who need the resources.
  • Control: it is possible to manage the infrastructure between public and private clouds consistently.
  • Reduction of network risks: network failures are reduced since all cloud services can also be on local subnets, operating intermittently.
  • Distribution: there is an increase in the number of available locations where cloud services can be hosted and consumed.

The trend grows with the need to reduce latency between devices due to advancements in IoT (IoT (Internet of Things) and 5G.

How will the Distributed Cloud be used?

It is still difficult to predict all the use cases of the distributed cloud. For now, it is possible to say that it will cover everything from managing the multi-cloud to increasing the scalability of the development area.

Other anticipated uses are:

  • Data Centers: With the distributed cloud, we no longer need to create dedicated data centers in different countries and regions. It is now possible to expand the infrastructure without having to make physical data centers in those places.
  • Content delivery: the streaming and games market will undoubtedly use the distributed cloud to allow content delivery to happen closer to end-users.
  • Compliance: new regulations such as GDPR work with the idea that a user’s IP cannot travel beyond their country. The Distributed Cloud helps to process the IP directly in the user’s country.
  • IoT and AI: from autonomous cars to industrial automation, new AI and IoT trends benefit from Cloud Computing due to low latency.

What to expect for the future?

It is no wonder that many big techs are already working with the concept of Distributed Cloud. With the emerging technologies that we have today, the flexibility provided by this type of solution will be more than necessary. 

Of course, we still need to observe the advent of the distributed cloud, mainly because new solutions can emerge simultaneously. Considering the reality posed today, we can see that its use already benefits several segments and markets.

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