How is it being used?
Some of the earliest applications of distributed cloud were content delivery networks — think Netflix, Spotify and the like — where having ‘mini clouds’ in specific geographic locations enabled the reliable delivery of content for better performance and user experience without lag or buffering.
It’s also being used for applications where latency is critical — in areas such as banks’ trading systems or autonomous vehicle solutions.
Increasingly, we see enterprises that are deploying Internet of Things solutions — where thousands of remote, connected sensors are used to gain operational insights — investigating distributed cloud computing. Here, the intention is to do some of the necessary data processing close to the data sources, so that decisions can be made in real time.