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Today, Cisco released its first update to the Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI), covering the 2011 to 2016 forecast period. This annual report is our ongoing effort to predict the growth of global and regional data center and cloud-based IP traffic as well as analysis of the trends associated with data center virtualization and cloud computing. Here are just a few of the key projections in this year’s report:

Global data center traffic

Data center virtualization and cloud computing transition

Global cloud traffic

And this year, we’ve added more forecast granularity—projecting cloud traffic (and other metrics) for all six global regions:

Cloud Traffic Growth by Region

One of the key takeaways from the study is that enhanced data center virtualization is a key networking benefit that is driving many organizations to cloud computing. In the past, one server carried one workload. However, with increasing server computing capacity and virtualization, multiple workloads per physical server are common in cloud architectures. The results include fewer physical servers to support higher processing demands, more efficient data center operations, and more ubiquitous access to network services and content for consumers and business users.

Here’s a brief animated video that will help give you a bit more insight on the top trends from the latest Cisco GCI research:

We encourage you to visit our Global Cloud Index site to review the updated study as well as the new tools and resources that we’ve developed. We look forward to your feedback and feel free to share your  “cloud experiences” with us as well.

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