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Global Internet Expansion: Who Will Lead the Way? [INFOGRAPHIC]

According to recent Cisco research, global Internet traffic will grow nearly four-fold from 2010 -- 2015.  However, that increase in traffic won’t be dominated by one region. How much will each region contribute to the worldwide traffic expansion?

Just by sheer population size alone, one could assume that the Asia-Pacific region would lead in Internet traffic growth. However, that assumption would only be partially accurate. Asia-Pacific is forecast to lead in file-sharing traffic and Internet Gaming traffic. In terms of Internet TV, business IP traffic and VoIP bandwidth, other regions will be in the top spot.

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The Dawn of the Zettabyte Era [INFOGRAPHIC]

It’s common knowledge that the amount of online rich media consumption is increasing exponentially on an annual basis. But how much video traffic is projected over the next five years? And what does this growth really mean for global residential, business, and mobile subscribers and the service providers that support them? Well, to begin, we need to expand our traffic terminology. Today we live in a world of petabytes and exabytes but according to the latest findings from the Cisco Visual Networking Index (VNI), we’ll need to add the term “zettabyte” to our vocabulary by 2015.

So, how much exactly is a zettabyte?

A zettabyte is roughly 1000 exabytes. To place that amount of volume in more practical terms, an exabyte alone has the capacity to hold over 36,000 years worth of HD quality video…or stream the entire Netflix catalog more than 3,000 times.  A zettabyte is equivalent to about 250 billion DVDs.

By 2015, the majority of global Internet traffic (61 percent) will be in some form of video—Internet video-to-PC, Internet video-to-TV, mobile video, et al.The “dawn of the Zettabyte era” will be an unprecedented online milestone that will occur in our lifetime.

To better understand the significance of a zettabyte, we have put together an in-depth infographic to provide a visual snapshot of our online future. The way the world uses the web is changing and this infographic provides a quick Cisco perspective of what’s to come.

Are you ready for the zettabyte era? Check out the infographic here.

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Our Experiment with Facebook Polls on Consumer Devices and Social Media At Work [INFOGRAPHIC]

June 21, 2011 at 11:03 am PST

With so many consumer devices and tools creeping into our professional lives, our expectations as employees are changing. The result is increasing pressure on IT departments. To get a better sense for what that really means, we decided to do a quick and informal poll series on our corporate Facebook page to learn how people

  • View their companies’ IT departments when it comes to adopting consumer, social and mobile tools at work
  • Use these tools during their typical workday

How about the sample size, you might ask. Within a short amount of time, we received qualified responses from 132 to several hundreds of people, depending on the question. Here are some of the results:

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Devices, Devices, Everywhere [INFOGRAPHIC]

Imagine a world where the number of mobile-connected devices nearly equals the number of people on the planet. It’s closer than you might think, with one forecast calling for 7.1 billion devices accessing the mobile network the by 2015.  It’s not just the mobile network that’s growing.  When you also consider other things (PCs, laptops, tablets, etc.) connecting to the Internet, forecasts jump to 25 billion that same year and to 50 billion by 2020.  This kind of growth will put a tremendous load on networks globally.  But there’s more to it than that. What we really need to prepare for, aside from the sheer number of interactions, is the quality of those interactions.

Why? Let’s take a closer look. The network has to support everyone in the ecosystem, from the enterprise itself to employees and customers. When people go online, they want to use their preferred devices to get there, and they want to share information with anyone, anywhere, and at any time. And, of course, it all needs to happen securely, reliably, and seamlessly.

Having the right infrastructure in place lets IT departments meet all these requirements. They can do more than just keep pace with the number of devices accessing the network — they can deliver better interactions with higher levels of security and reliability. They can address the changing dynamics between employees, the enterprise, and their customers, to meet evolving expectations.


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Things That Happen In Social Media In 2 Hours

January 6, 2011 at 6:16 pm PST

I was traveling last week. I decided to order a shuttle service for the one-hour trip from San Jose to the San Francisco International Airport. Last week, however, the trip took 2 hours. Our super helpful driver tried his best to speed up our travel time by taking a different route and changing freeways -- but with not much success.

As I was looking out the window admiring the long parking lot on the freeway (insert sarcasm here), my mind started wondering: “I wonder what’s going on out there while I’m sitting in here”.  Fueled by curiosity, I later jumped on the Internet to do some research and got my calculator out. Here is some fascinating information on what 2 hours means in the world of social media and web 2.0. Read More »

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