ME and Africa cloud data cen­ter traf­fic to grow 440% by 2020

Kuwait Times - - TECHNOLOGY -

The re­cently re­leased sixth an­nual Cisco Global Cloud In­dex (20152020) re­veals that global cloud traf­fic is ex­pected to rise 3.7-fold, up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020. In Mid­dle East and Africa, data cen­ter traf­fic will reach 451 ex­abytes per year by 2020, up from 105 ex­abytes per year in 2015. This rapid growth of cloud traf­fic is at­trib­uted to in­creased mi­gra­tion to cloud ar­chi­tec­tures and their abil­ity to scale quickly and ef­fi­ciently sup­port more work­loads than tra­di­tional data cen­ters.

With greater data cen­ter vir­tu­al­iza­tion, cloud op­er­a­tors are also able to achieve greater op­er­a­tional ef­fi­cien­cies while flex­i­bly de­liv­er­ing a grow­ing va­ri­ety of ser­vices to busi­nesses and con­sumers with op­ti­mal per­for­mance. To bet­ter un­der­stand data cen­ter growth, new anal­y­sis on ap­pli­ca­tion work­loads was de­vel­oped for this year’s re­port. The fol­low­ing busi­ness and con­sumer pro­jec­tions were re­vealed:

Busi­ness work­loads dom­i­nate data cen­ter ap­pli­ca­tions and are grow­ing:

Busi­ness work­loads will grow by 2.4 fold from 2015 to 2020 but their over­all share of data cen­ter work­loads will de­crease from 79 to 72 per­cent.

Con­sumer work­loads, while smaller in num­ber, are grow­ing faster: Dur­ing the same time, con­sumer work­loads will grow faster by 3.5 fold.

By 2020, con­sumer work­loads will ac­count for 28 per­cent (134.3 mil­lion) of to­tal data cen­ter work­loads, com­pared to 21 per­cent (38.6 mil­lion) in 2015.

By 2020, video stream­ing work­loads will ac­count for 34 per­cent of to­tal con­sumer work­loads, com­pared to 29 per­cent in 2015.

By 2020, so­cial net­work­ing work­loads will ac­count for 24 per­cent of to­tal con­sumer work­loads, com­pared to 20 per­cent in 2015.

ToT/an­a­lyt­ics/data­base work­loads are grow­ing the most in terms of share of busi­ness work­loads with collaboration and com­pute work­loads largely main­tain­ing their share.

Video and so­cial net­work­ing will lead the in­crease in con­sumer work­loads, each re­spec­tively grows their per­cent­age sig­nif­i­cantly.

By 2020: video stream­ing work­loads will ac­count for 34 per­cent of to­tal con­sumer work- loads, com­pared to 29 per­cent in 2015; so­cial net­work­ing work­loads will ac­count for 24 per­cent of to­tal con­sumer work­loads, com­pared to 20 per­cent in 2015; search work­loads will ac­count for 15 per­cent of to­tal con­sumer work­loads, com­pared to 17 per­cent in 2015.

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a va­ri­ety of busi­nesses and or­ga­ni­za­tions de­velop plans for cloud mi­gra­tion or adop­tion.

The move to the cloud is im­mi­nent as cloud com­put­ing has ad­vanced from an emerg­ing tech­nol­ogy to an es­sen­tial scal­able and flex­i­ble net­work­ing so­lu­tion,” said Mike We­ston, Vice Pres­i­dent, Mid­dle East, Cisco. “With mul­ti­ple trends in­flu­enc­ing the growth of data cen­ter and cloud com­put­ing such as in­creas­ing dig­i­ti­za­tion, the wide­spread adop­tion of mul­ti­ple de­vices and con­nec­tions and the growth of mo­bil­ity, the im­por­tance of cloud readi­ness can­not be overem­pha­sized.”

“Al­though our re­gion has made sig­nif­i­cant strides to reach a ca­pa­ble level of sup­port­ing ba­sic and in­ter­me­di­ate cloud ser­vices, the fo­cus now turns to con­tin­u­ing to im­prove net­work ca­pa­bil­i­ties to sup­port the ad­vanced cloud ap­pli­ca­tions that or­ga­ni­za­tions and end users ex­pect and rely upon,” added We­ston.

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