What is Distributed Cloud?

What is Distributed Cloud?

Distributed cloud is the distribution of public cloud services to different physical locations. Meanwhile, the operation, governance, updates and evolution of the services are the responsibility of the originating public cloud provider.

Gartner recently published a paper that said distributed cloud fixes what hybrid cloud breaks. I would argue that distributed clouding system also fixes what multicloud breaks.  

We can use it for multiple tasks, including the following activities: 
  • Monitoring the environment
  • Creating and deploying Kubernetes clusters 
  • Making secure updates in that cloud 

Distributed cloud has three origins:

  • Public cloud
  • hybrid cloud
  • edge computing

Significance of Distributed cloud

Distributed cloud resolves the operational and management inconsistencies. Because, that can occur in hybrid cloud or multi cloud environments.

most importantly, it provides the ideal foundation for edge computing- running servers and applications closer to where data is created.

Benefits of Distributed cloud

  • Consistency : One core location to manage and compute resources anywhere
  • DevOps : The ability to deal with all of your clusters equally when deploying applications 
  • Most importantly, it offers repetition and dependability, an geo-replication which encourages in reducing the cost.
  • Moreover, it offers instant failing overs with the help of remote replicas which can be quickly reset if failed.
  • It reduces wide-area traffic. Therefore, it can reduce wide area communication by using the resources.
  • It allows breaking complex problems and data into smaller pieces. And, it has multiple computers which can be worked upon in parallel.

Drawbacks of Distributed cloud

  • Difficult to maintain, deploy and troubleshoot.
  • Moreover, these complexities are not only related to hardware but also need software that can handle security and communication.
  • Firstly, deployment cost is higher as compared to single system.
  • Because, process overhead increases the total cost due to additional calculations and exchanges.


When asked about the challenges in across different cloud providers then-

  • Firstly, secure and reliable connectivity between providers is the challenge.
  • Secondly, different support and consulting processes.
  • And, Different platform services are some biggest challenges.

Within the model, one must address some questions. For example

  • What custom scenarios for distributed cloud substations will emerge?
  • How will revenue models play out for sharing substations across multiple companies?
  • Must a distributed clouding system substation always be connected, or can it operate with variable connectivity?


In this article, we have learnt about the role of distributed cloud, how it works and it’s origin. Secondly, we have learnt it’s benefits, drawbacks and significance.

Also, we understood what challenges distributed clouds can face and what kind of tasks it performs.

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