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Just in time for the holidays: cloud data!

November 29, 2011 - 0 Comments

With the emergence of cloud computing, our customers have looked for real-world data that could help them understand the nature and scope of the cloud phenomenon. But that kind of data has not been readily available.

Not satisfied with this lack of information, a research team at Cisco reviewed 30Tb of data each month, more than 45 million speed tests, analyst forecasts, and inputs from our customers.  The result?

Today, Cisco released its first Cisco Global Cloud Index report — a forecast of IP data center and cloud-based traffic growth and trends worldwide, 2010-2015.

Similar to the Cisco Visual Networking Index in purpose and approach, the Global Cloud Index enables organizations to make strategic networking and management decisions and governments to make informed public policy decisions.

Some highlights from the report reveal: (all data global)

1.    Cloud traffic is growing twice as fast as data center traffic, increasing from 130 exabytes in 2010 to 1.6 zettabytes annually by 2015

  • 1.6 zettabytes is approximately equivalent to 22 trillion hours of streaming music
  • 76% of this traffic will remain within the data center itself
  • By 2015, 57% of all data workloads will be processed in the cloud

2.    Cloud readiness

  • All global regions are currently able to support basic cloud applications like social networking and web conferencing
  • The ability to support more advanced cloud applications varies greatly by region, country and, in some cases, city

To make sense of cloud and data center trends, check out this short “cupcake video” as well as this infographic.

While sweets and treats may taper off after the holidays, cloud traffic will most certainly continue to grow!

We encourage you to visit our Global Cloud Index site and join the discussion. Let us know your thoughts and cloud experiences in the comment section below. We look forward to engaging with you.

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