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The ‘distributed cloud’ isn’t emerging — it’s already here

November 13, 2020

According to Gartner, “Distributed cloud is the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations, while the operation, governance and evolution of the services remain the responsibility of the public cloud provider.” Analysts go on to explain that the distributed cloud provides a flexible agile environment for applications and data that require low-latency, data cost reduction, and data residency.

This idea is not new; I’ve used it to remove latency and/or comply with data sovereignty laws from time to time. At its essence, the advantage is for end-users to have cloud computing resources closer to the physical location where the business activities happen, thus reducing latency.

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