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‘Distributed Cloud’ Fixes What ‘Hybrid Cloud’ Breaks

Published: 24 April 2020

ID: G00441616

Analyst(s): Daryl Plummer , David Smith , Ed Anderson , David Cearley


Hybrid cloud is a vital and necessary style of cloud computing. However, it can break multiple aspects of the cloud value proposition. CIOs must consider a continuum of next-generation cloud options called “distributed cloud” to retain cloud advantages.

Table Of Contents


  • Hybrid Cloud Breaks Cloud Value Propositions
  • Introducing Distributed Cloud, the Next Generation of Cloud Computing
    • Distributed Cloud “Substations”
    • To Tether or Not to Tether?
    • The Distributed Cloud Continuum
    • Two Phases of Distributed Cloud
  • Distributed Cloud Can Fix Some of What Hybrid Cloud Breaks
    • Third-Party Partnerships for Distributed Cloud
  • Conclusion

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