Perhaps more than any technology, cloud computing has transformed the modern business landscape. From secure data storage to powerful computing capabilities, the cloud has a wealth of advantages. It’s no surprise that 95 percent of companies are now using the cloud in some fashion.
Yet although the trend is undeniably away from on-premises and toward the cloud, there are still advancements to be made. A new phase of innovation and development is about to begin: the move from the centralized cloud to the distributed cloud.
The Current State: Centralized Cloud
The business model of cloud computing relies on one fact: instead of buying and maintaining your own physical infrastructure for computing and data storage, it’s nearly always more convenient to pass off this responsibility to a third party.
Cloud computing has enabled thousands of companies to cut their operating costs, secure their sensitive data, and become more flexible and scalable. However, there are a few notable drawbacks to the way that cloud computing is currently delivered to businesses.
Services such as Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and Amazon Web Services may seem like giants of the cloud computing industry. These three companies are the most important players in public cloud computing, where third-party providers offer computing services to their customers over the Internet.
Each one of these companies has made a massive investment in cloud services. They build their own data centers with racks of servers, purchase their own hardware, and then rent it out to customers located in remote locations all over the world.
In reality, however, each one of the “Big Three” only controls a single digit of the existing global server capacity. This is due in part to the fact that AWS, Azure, and Google Cloud all have a centralized architecture, which means that third-party hardware isn’t allowed. As a result, around 90 percent of servers are running outside of their clouds.
From the Centralized to the Distributed Cloud
Imagine an alternative to this centralization: the distributed cloud, where businesses can work with multiple public cloud providers. By giving you back control over your own servers, the distributed cloud solves one of the major pain points of existing cloud computing solutions.
Every participant in the distributed cloud can be not only a consumer but also a provider. If you have unused server capacity and a fast Internet connection, you can add it to the cloud and rent it out to another company, just like AWS does with its customers. You can also consume it as private capacity only allowing other members in your organization to use it.
Rather than having to spend time and money on building a new data center, the distributed cloud can grow quickly by adding the capacity of an existing data center. As a provider, you can easily add capacity from one or more existing physical locations.
As a consumer, you can view all your resources as one virtual data center, even if resources are hosted by multiple providers in different locations. The distributed cloud would allow cloud providers to offer and sell their capacity in an open marketplace. The price of these services would depend on a variety of transparent factors, including the rank of the company, the rank of their equipment, and their track record with availability.
Distributed cloud users will be able to fully consume their capacity in the private cloud. A download will be generated for your computer’s image, and you can boot it by loading from a server on your network. This gives you more capacity in your virtual data center.
Another major benefit of the distributed cloud is that it’s a native hybrid platform, designed from the ground up to work with your existing hardware. This means that you’ll never have issues with integration and you can use your own third-party software and hardware, which isn’t possible with the “Big Three” cloud providers. If you have specific networking requirements, this kind of configuration can be a major benefit.
The power of Many
Whenever you start to doubt the ability of a few people to make a big change, remember the power of the little guys. Microsoft, which now enjoys tens of billions of dollars in annual revenue, had its humble origins in Bill Gates’ garage.
Bitcoin, too, was developed as an alternative to the Western banking system that no country was able to come up. With the release of a single white paper describing the bitcoin system, the world of finance was forever changed. Now, giant banks such as Goldman Sachs and JP Morgan are looking to invest in blockchain, the technology underlying bitcoin that’s revolutionizing how people do business.
When they combine forces, little players who have a big idea can make a huge difference. In the near future, it’s very possible that the largest cloud by server capacity will have a distributed design.
Subarray is excited to be leading the next revolution in cloud computing: the distributed cloud. We offer a variety of advantages: up to 10 times the capacity when compared with public cloud averages, as well as new features such as server group management.
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