How Does Distributed Computing Work?

Distributed Computing vs. Cloud Computing

What is the role of distributed computing in cloud computing? 

Distributed computing and cloud computing are not mutually exclusive. In fact, distributed computing is essentially a variant of cloud computing that operates on a distributed cloud network.

How Does Distributed Computing Work?

Distributed computing connects hardware and software resources to do many things, including:

  • Work in collaboration to achieve a single goal through optional resource sharing;
  • Manage access rights per the authority level of users;
  • Keep resources, e.g., distributed computing software, open for further development;
  • Achieve concurrency that lets multiple machines work on the same process;
  • Ensure all computing resources are scalable and operate faster when multiple machines work together;
  • Detect and handle errors in connected components of the distributed network so that the network doesn’t fail and stays fault-tolerant.

Advanced distributed systems have automated processes and APIs to help them perform better.

From the customization perspective, distributed clouds are a boon for businesses. Cloud service providers can connect on-premises systems to the cloud computing stack so that enterprises can transform their entire IT infrastructure without discarding old setups. Instead, they can extend existing infrastructure through comparatively fewer modifications.

The cloud service provider controls the application upgrades, security, reliability, adherence to standards, governance, and disaster recovery mechanism for the distributed infrastructure.