What is Distributed Cloud?

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The migration to cloud applications is happening at rates faster than we have ever seen. With this rapid transformation, cloud computing promises its customers critical advantages in their environments. The increasing use of distributed cloud computing is seen as the next generation of cloud computing; there are a few reasons for this. 

The traditional cloud computing model offers on-demand, metered access to computing resources—storage, servers, databases, and applications—to businesses who do not want to build, buy, or run their own IT infrastructure.

Public cloud service providers, on the other hand, maintain and run large server farms whose resources are shared between users, with virtualisation techniques that provide isolation and security of individual user data. Site redundancy across regions provides for recovery from outages and disasters, with all the monitoring and management aspects of keeping the cloud up and running transparent to cloud users.

“Cloud computing promises that customers will gain advantages from several key propositions, for example by shifting the responsibility and work of running hardware and software infrastructure to cloud providers, leveraging the economics of cloud elasticity, benefiting from the pace of innovation in sync with public cloud providers, and more.” – David Smith, Distinguished VP Analyst, Gartner.

What you need to know about Distributed Cloud? 

Distributed cloud is the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations in which the operation, governance and evolution remain the responsibility of the public cloud provider. This means it offers a flexible environment for a variety of business scenarios including low-latency, data residency requirements and data cost-reduction. 

By 2025, Gartner predicts that most cloud service platforms will provide at least one distributed cloud service that executes at the point of need. This will address the need for users to have cloud computing resources closer to the location where the data and business activities are taking place. 

Distributed cloud computing spreads computation workload across a variety of interconnected servers. A distributed cloud is an execution environment where application components are placed at appropriate geographically-diverse locations which meet the requirements of the application.

Distributed Cloud and Current Cloud Infrastructure

Back in 2019, Gartner defined Distributed Cloud as a new cloud model in its “Top 10 Strategic Technology Trends for 2020” report and its recent report confirms that this will become a more prominent computing infrastructure than before.

There is a difference between what Gartner describes as distributed cloud and current cloud infrastructures. Distributed cloud’s focal point is extending cloud services to edge devices and customer data centres – providing all of the services available at a central cloud data centre at the edge.

However, the report does note that some edge devices may not yet be able to do this. 

“Another edge factor that will influence the distribution of public cloud services will be the capabilities of the edge, near-edge, and far-edge platforms that may not need or cannot run a like-for-like service that mirrors what is found in the centralised cloud.” – Gartner.

An Integrated cloud solution

“With the ever-increasing challenges around security hacking and the compromising of customer data, providers of technologies like Smartz Solutions have to make available distributed cloud service offerings to address all business requirements and concerns.” – Henry McCracken, CEO Smartz Solutions South Africa. 

Smartz Solutions specializes in managing customer and employee experiences through our enabling technology. Our success is based on technological foresight and strong business knowledge, enabling us to develop integrated solutions that meet your business needs. 

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