A recent study by Ensono revealed that only 9% of UK and US leaders believe that distributed cloud is not a viable strategy.
Indeed, it was reported that the top reasons to consider distributed cloud are its ability to cut down on network issues and any inefficiencies with the control plane. IT leaders think there is a lower risk of network failure as distributed cloud allows cloud services to work in local or semi-local subnets.
It was also found out that the growing interest in distributed cloud was reinforced as major cloud providers offered solutions supporting AWS Outposts, Google Anthos, and Microsoft Azure Stack. With these, there is the possibility to have a single plane of control to operate and manage public cloud infrastructure across a range of environments.
Hence, 36% of respondents stated that this flexibility on location increased their interest in distributed cloud.
Moreover, the study showed that 42% of respondents viewed the removal of latency as a major benefit of distributed cloud. Distributed cloud is indeed great for the rise of cloud-native SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) applications, as it provides high-performance and near-zero latency computing to accelerate the deployment of SaaS apps across the enterprise.
Therefore, almost 1/3 of IT leaders believe that distributed cloud will allow improving compliance with regulatory requirements on data location.