Last year, the Cisco Global Cloud Index projected some staggering figures when it came time to describe the rise of cloud computing. While this year's forecast may be a bit more tempered, saying the cloud will grow sixfold over the next five years instead of 12-fold, the company is still projecting 44 percent annual growth to take cloud processing capacities from 683 exabytes in 2011 to 4.3 zettabytes by 2016.
While the cloud is set to see a big lift over the next few years, there's also a projection that global data center traffic will reach 6.6 zettabytes by 2016, which the index said would be like streaming 92 trillion hours of music for 1.5 years for the world's population. This would also be the same as 16 trillion hours of web conferencing, or 12 hours of daily video chatting for the world's workforce.
"As cloud traffic continues to proliferate in a new world of many clouds, the Cisco Global Cloud Index provides all cloud computing stakeholders with a very valuable barometer to make strategic, long-term planning decisions," Doug Merritt, senior vice president, Corporate Marketing at Cisco, said. "This year's forecast confirms that strong growth in data center usage and cloud traffic are global trends, driven by our growing desire to access personal and business content anywhere, on any device."
Merritt said when this type of growth is coupled with devices and objects, next generation internet tools and platforms like cloud computing will be a very important component of having better data center virtualization and interconnected clouds, as well as other technology that will be able to technically tie together.
Other numbers from this year's survey show:
– Global cloud computing traffic will make up two-thirds of total growth of global data center traffic, growing from 39 percent in 2011 to 64 percent in 2016
– Data center workloads will grow 2.5-fold and cloud workloads will grow 5.3 fold, with 2014 being the first year of hosting essential business applicaitons in the cloud
– About 76 percent of data center traffic will stay within the storage area networks between 2011 and 2016
Gartner analysts also made predictions for the years 2011 to 2016, according to Data Center Knowledge, saying that they believe the worldwide personal consumer digital storage needs in cloud computing will grow from 329 exabytes in 2011 to 4.1 zettabytes in 2016. The average workload will grow from 464 gigabytes per user in 2011 to 3.3 terabytes in 2016.
“Local storage will become further integrated with home networking, presenting opportunities for local storage providers to partner with home networking and automation service providers,” said Shalini Verma, principal research analyst at Gartner, according to the news source.
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