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Many firms see distributed cloud as a viable solution for many challenges

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The use of public cloud “skyrocketed” last year, with the Covid-19 pandemic driving revenues of $312 billion, according to analyst house IDC.

This year, the firm says businesses are rushing to make the most of cloud and, to that end, many are eyeing distributed cloud. This service, which lets users run public cloud infrastructure in multiple different locations, allows for better management of the physical location of data, while retaining the full advantages of the benefits of the cloud. 

Meanwhile, hybrid IT services provider Ensono has found the top reasons to consider distributed cloud are the ability to cut down on network issues and any inefficiencies with the control plane, as well as the removal of latency. 

The company's poll of UK and US IT leaders revealed that almost half see lower risk of network failure as a major benefit, made possible by allowing cloud services to sit in a local or semi-local subnet and operate untethered if necessary. Distributed cloud is “ideally suited” for cloud-native SaaS applications, as it’s capable of providing high-performance and near-zero latency.

Ensono says major cloud players also spotted the trend, as they offer solutions such as AWS Outposts, Google Anthos and Microsoft Azure Stack. These allow a single plane of control, where users can operate and manage public cloud infrastructure housed across multiple environments.