Cloud Traffic to Grow 3.7x from 2015 to 2020, says Cisco

Migration to the cloud is the biggest agenda for business enterprises today, with many plunging head-on into the cloud-race. Cisco released its assessment of the cloud industry up to 2020, called the Global Cloud Index Report. Cloud is going to grow big, with an estimation that it shall account for 92% of the data center traffic by 2020. Moreover, cloud traffic is expected to increase 3.7 times to 14.1ZB per year by 2020, a phenomenal rise. This will be driven by decided and rapid migration of enterprises to cloud architectures, whether public, private or hybrid.

Traditional data centers are being replaced in attention and utility by cloud-enabled data centers. According to the results, business workloads will dominate the data center applications, being spurred by the growth in the Internet of Things, Analytics and Database workloads. In fact, these three areas will comprise 22% of the total business workloads. Within the cloud, the public cloud is growing faster than private cloud, expected to constitute 68% and 32% of the total cloud workload respectively, by 2020. Interestingly, the overall business workload will reduce from 79% to 72%.

The trend will be a result of personal usage of the cloud taking a leap forward. The number of people using personal cloud storage is expected to jump to 3 billion from a current number of 1.3 billion users (2015 numbers). This will be shaped by the rapid adoption of video and social networking, followed by search. By 2020, video streaming workloads will comprise 34% of total consumer workloads, (the number was 29% in 2015), social networking workloads will account for 24% of total consumer workloads (which stood at 20% in 2015) and search will be 15% in 2020, compared to the higher 17% in 2015.

Not only does migration to cloud drive greater operational efficiencies, it is the way forward for businesses that are increasingly becoming global and relying on reams and reams of data. Flexibility is at the core of the cloud, allowing businesses to store, accesses and modify data easily and speedily. And with businesses growth becoming unprecedented and unpredictable, such a flexible solution is a must to meet these needs. With data demands increasing multi-fold, hyper-scale data centers will proliferate to become 47% of all data centers. Moreover, data traffic in such centers is expected to quintuple by 2020, accounting for 53% of all the data traffic in the world.

A lot of work is going into the cloud migration and enablement implementations. Streamlining of infrastructure, assessment of current capabilities in line with future-needed capabilities and reassessment and consolidation of data centers, being some of them.

It seems that cloud can no longer be tagged as an “emerging technology,” it has to be ingrained as a part and parcel of business strategy, an essential component of scaling up for the morrow.

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