The advantages of cloud computing are yet to be felt to the full, but the next generation cloud computing solutions are on the unveil already. Distributed cloud is the latest buzz word in the industry. Next-gen cloud solutions not only retain the advantages of the cloud but also extend the range and use cases beyond the imagination.
Distributed cloud, surprisingly, alters the intrinsic meaning of the cloud. In cloud computing, the location is irrelevant. In fact, the very idea of cloud can be attributed to doing away with location while delivering applications, software, and a lot of enterprise solutions. But in the distributed cloud it is different.
What is Distributed Cloud?
Distributed cloud is a new type of cloud computing solution where the cloud infrastructure is geographically dispersed compared to centralized cloud centers in the original cloud model. It runs the cloud services at the network edge.
Distributed cloud not only defeats the network congestion effectively but also reduces latency. It minimizes the instances of data loss as well. As data sovereignty increasingly becomes a thorny issue, leading to robust localized compliance norms, distributed cloud enables the cloud providers for easy compliance with the localized cloud delivery models.
All big cloud service providers, whether it is AWS, Azure, or Google Cloud, have spread across the globe. Although cloud companies have global footprints, the edge devices are available at the centralized could center only. Distributed services primarily run the services at the network edge. In this aspect, it significantly differs from the cloud infrastructure we have today.
How does Distributed Cloud Work?
The main advantage of cloud services includes freedom from setting and maintaining the IT infrastructure required to run the computing requirements. You buy the computing requirements as per your usage and get started. When it comes to distributed cloud, you will have far more flexibility and advantages with cloud substations in a nearby location. It can also facilitate you to buy more features that were not available with the regular cloud and request the data be kept within a specific geographical area. You can also set certain performance targets to the cloud.
It may require setting additional cloud infrastructure in the regions, and highspeed data interconnections are to be in place by the companies. For the users, it makes the distributed cloud usage easy, and issues related to latency becomes a thing of the past as cloud operations run physically close. Network outages and control inefficiencies will also give way to a new and efficient performative cloud.
Future of Distributed Cloud
In the coming times, distributed cloud continues to grow as the decentralization of cloud services takes place. With the decentralization increase, edge computing likely grows to support IoT, etc.
As per a Gartner study, distributed cloud evolution likely to take place in two stages. In the first phase, enterprise customers will buy cloud substations similar to hybrid cloud to avoid problems related to latency.
In the second phase, these cloud customers will open their services to neighboring industry types. Also, city governments, telecom companies, and other localized service providers would buy cloud substations and open them for neighboring enterprises and the public. In no time, the cloud substations likely to offer services similar to Wi-Fi hotspots.