Cloud Traffic Set To Quadruple in Five Years, Cisco Says

Skyrocketing is not a strong enough word for what global cloud traffic is about to do. This traffic will be four times greater in 2019 than it is today, according to the fifth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index.

That means a rise from 2.1 zettabytes (ZB) to 8.6 ZB in just the next four years. At that rate, cloud traffic is outpacing total global data center traffic growth, which is expected to triple from 3.4 ZB to 10.4 ZB in that same time frame. By way of comparison, 10.4 ZB is equal to 144 trillion hours of streaming music or 6.8 trillion hours of high-definition movies viewed online.

What's driving this exponential growth? ItEUs a convergence of factors, from a mushrooming number of mobile devices that are pushing personal cloud demands to the greater degree of private cloud virtualization, which is raising workload density. The growth of machine-to-machine connections is expected to be a bigger factor in the future.

The Sheer Numbers

EUThe Global Cloud Index highlights the fact that cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution globally, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30 percent in every worldwide region over the next five years,EU said Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco, in a statement.

EUEnterprise and government organizations are moving from test cloud environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads. At the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere," he said. "This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem.EU

Cisco is keeping its eye on the potential ramifications of the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- technology that connects people, processes, devices and data -- on both the data center and...

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Cloud Traffic Set To Quadruple in Five Years, Cisco Says

Skyrocketing is not a strong enough word for what global cloud traffic is about to do. This traffic will be four times greater in 2019 than it is today, according to the fifth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index.

That means a rise from 2.1 zettabytes (ZB) to 8.6 ZB in just the next four years. At that rate, cloud traffic is outpacing total global data center traffic growth, which is expected to triple from 3.4 ZB to 10.4 ZB in that same time frame. By way of comparison, 10.4 ZB is equal to 144 trillion hours of streaming music or 6.8 trillion hours of high-definition movies viewed online.

What's driving this exponential growth? ItEUs a convergence of factors, from a mushrooming number of mobile devices that are pushing personal cloud demands to the greater degree of private cloud virtualization, which is raising workload density. The growth of machine-to-machine connections is expected to be a bigger factor in the future.

The Sheer Numbers

EUThe Global Cloud Index highlights the fact that cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution globally, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30 percent in every worldwide region over the next five years,EU said Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing at Cisco, in a statement.

EUEnterprise and government organizations are moving from test cloud environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads. At the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere," he said. "This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem.EU

Cisco is keeping its eye on the potential ramifications of the Internet of Everything (IoE) -- technology that connects people, processes, devices and data -- on both the data center and...

Comments are closed.