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Pushing the limits: The lowdown on distributed cloud computing

July 23, 2021

Pushing the limits: The lowdown on distributed cloud computing
 
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There’s been a lot of talk about cloud computing lately.

Specifically around the move to edge computing, or hybrid cloud. Or as we’ll talk about on this episode: distributed cloud computing.
 
What are the advantages of a distributed cloud model? What industries would be best served by embracing such a model? How do you know if distributed cloud is right for you?
 
Brian Kelly is a Network Architecture Manager at Panduit, and offered up a lot of great advice on:
  • The advantages of a distributed cloud computing model
  • The need for a more edge-based cloud, especially in the world of AI and gaming
  • Data center infrastructure and a distributed cloud model’s impact on the data center
 

Traditional cloud vs. distributed cloud

As it seems like most of the world is just finally making the switch to a cloud-based infrastructure, along comes distributed cloud.
 
But what’s the difference?

In a traditional cloud environment, all of your data and information is going to a centralized cloud storage location, like AWS or Azure or Google Cloud. It’s not onsite, which is safer for you, but it’s all in one location.
 
And that can cause problems.
 
A distributed cloud, sometimes called hybrid cloud, pushes the computing closer to the end user, instead of relying solely on cloud computing systems in a centralized location. And one of the benefits, among many, of this system?

Decreased latency.


Battling latency

Latency. Or lag.
 
We’ve all been on a Zoom call where the network couldn’t quite keep up. Because most of the time we’re operating on a traditional cloud.
 
What kind of industries would benefit from this decreased latency and increased response time?
 
1. AI
 
The world is relying more and more on AI, and it’s become more and more a part of our lives, whether we realize it or not. AI relies on performing millions or billions of computations per second, and it’s crucial that it has as high performance as possible.
 
2. Gaming

We’ve all spent more time at home lately, and video games have become a release for some and a viable career for others.

And nothing will kill a gamer’s dreams faster than a slow network.
 
3. Finance
 
Specifically in the realm of high-frequency trading. High-frequency trading is using incredibly powerful compute resources to transact large numbers of market orders in fractions of a second.

And in a market like we have today, milliseconds can make all of the difference. Milliseconds can mean the difference in money earned or money lost.
 
Make sure and listen to the entire episode for more great insights from Brian around a distributed cloud system.