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The Cloud Will Soon Make Up 92% Of Datacenter Traffic

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In recent years the cloud has become a vital technology for businesses, offering innumerable benefits to many industries. Cloud traffic is expected to increase dramatically in the next few years, according to the Cisco Global Cloud Index, a new report by networking company Cisco.                                             

Benefits of Cloud Usage

The increase in cloud traffic is due to the many benefits it provides to businesses and an increase in the number of consumer services utilizing it.

The cloud is useful because it eliminates the need for companies to purchase additional hardware, which is expensive and decreases in value over time. The cloud offers a much more flexible strategy, letting companies easily scale their cloud usage up or down, as the situation requires. This allows them to only pay for what they need and saves considerable expenses.

Companies can also access cloud information and services from anywhere that has an Internet connection. This is one reason that cloud-connected phone systems are becoming more popular: employees can access data and notes about client calls from their both their offices and homes. Maintenance responsibilities are also transferred to the service provider, which reduces the workload of on-site IT staff

Consumer services such as social media and video streaming services have also led to the increase in consumer cloud use. Social media sites, such as Instagram and Facebook, use the cloud, as does popular video streaming services like Netflix.

Predicted Traffic Statistics

The report by Cisco predicted a 262% increase between 2015 and 2020, by which time the cloud will be responsible for 92% of all data center traffic. By 2020, the cloud will have received 14.1 zettabytes (ZB) of data. In 2015, cloud data totaled 3.9 ZB.

Cisco estimates that business use of the cloud will fall from 79% to 72% over the 5-year period. The percentage of business traffic for compute and database/analytics/Internet of Things (IoT) workloads will see an increase while collaboration's percentage will decrease slightly.

During the same period, consumer workloads will increase from 21% to 28%. The largest increase in this category will come from video streaming, making up 34% of consumer traffic. The percentage of consumer use for social media is expected to increase, while search will likely decrease. The report also predicted an increase from 1.3 billion to 2.3 billion users of personal cloud storage.

The researchers noticed that much of the data created wasn't being stored, because the information was only relevant in the moment. Connected cars and medical imaging, for instance, use the cloud in this way.

The greatest growth in cloud data will come from Africa and the Middle East, regions that used the cloud the least in 2015.

Hyperscale Data Growth

Cisco included the impact of hyperscale data in their report for the first time this year. In 2015, there were 259 hyperscale data centers. Cisco expects that number to jump to 485 by 2020. These large-scale hubs will account for 57% of all information housed in data centers and 53% of traffic to data centers in the year 2020.

Hyperscale data centers offer services such as e-commerce, platform and infrastructure. The centers often use millions of virtual servers, which allow them to easily handle large increases in traffic without the need for additional space and electrical power. These massive centers can make billions of dollars in revenue. The increasing prevalence of hyperscale data centers shows consolidation and growth in the industry.

Head in the Cloud                                                        

It should come as no surprise that we will see significant growth in datacenter traffic utilizing the cloud over the next few years. Its many benefits have led to widespread adoption of the technology. The cloud's use will become even more widespread as it continues to trickle down from large corporations to small business and individuals.

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Kayla Matthews is a tech-loving blogger who writes and edits ProductivityBytes.com. Follow her on Twitter to read all of her latest posts! 

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Published Thursday, November 17, 2016 8:06 AM by David Marshall
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