(The Hosting News) – Technology provider Cisco on Tuesday unveiled its latest Global Cloud Index report, a study that shows an increasing push towards cloud domination in data centers.
Cloud traffic in data centers, which represented 1.2 zettabytes is expected to jump to 5.3 zettabytes within the next four years.
Meanwhile, overall data center traffic is expected to climb to 7.7 zettabytes by the year 2017 – something that represents a threefold increase.
Via the data center, specifically 17% of traffic flowing through is expected to represent cloud users accessing things like video streaming, web surfing, connected devices and collaboration.
“People all over the world continue to demand the ability to access personal, business and entertainment content anywhere on any device, and each transaction in a virtualized, cloud environment can cause cascading effects on the network,” emphasized Cisco Senior VP or Product and Solutions Marketing Doug Merritt via a press release.
Merritt continued, “Because of this continuing trend, we are seeing huge increases in the amount of cloud traffic within, between and beyond data centers over the next four years.”
Aside from end users accessing the cloud, other data center traffic will be accounted for by replication and software/system updates (7%) with traffic flowing between facilities while an even larger amount (76%) will be retained within data center servers via virtualized environments for purposes including storage, development data and production.
Cisco’s Global Cloud Index is now in its third year. The forecast is partly based off of monthly global data center traffic that receives analysis.