Do we need distributed databases in cloud time?


Distributed database is more complex than a centralized database and it is better avoided, if not absolutely necessary. So far, more than once there have been rumors that distributed databases are no longer needed, because of (relatively) inexpensive powerful computers that exist today, and the database management systems have become very powerful. But it turned out that it is not so, distributed databases still exist.
However, the question is whether we need a distributed database further on, at the time of computing in the cloud?