Cisco Global Cloud Index Predicts a Quadruple Increase in Cloud Traffic by 2019

Cloud traffic will see a quadruple increase in next five years, the numerous factors behind this growth will be public cloud services, personal cloud storage, and Internet of Everything.  Cisco released the fifth Cisco Global Cloud Index (2014 – 2019) yesterday. A number of forecasts related to the cloud computing services are done in this index. The index shows that the cloud traffic will be increased from 2.1 to 8.6 zetta-bytes till the end of 2019 which is a quadruple increase in the cloud traffic. The report also elaborated the several factors which are behind this accelerated growth of clod traffic such as personal cloud storage for mobile devices, attractiveness of public cloud services for businesses and virtualization in private clouds.

“The Global Cloud Index highlights the fact that the cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution globally, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30 percent in every worldwide region over the next five years,” said Doug Webster, vice president of service provider marketing, Cisco.

The report further predicts that the Internet of Everything (IoE), which connects the people, data and devices will also impact the traffic growth. The large volume of data generated by the applications of IoE will reach 507.5 zettabytes by 2019. A very small part of this content is stored in data centers today, but the scenario will change as the demand of big data analytics increases.

“Enterprise and government organizations are moving from test cloud environments to trusting clouds with their mission-critical workloads. At the same time, consumers continue to expect on-demand, anytime access to their content and services nearly everywhere. This creates a tremendous opportunity for cloud operators, which will play an increasingly relevant role in the communications industry ecosystem “said Doug Webster.

Today, 73 % of data is stored on client devices like personal computers, but till the end of 2019 majority of data, almost 51 % will move to non-PC devices like smart phones, tablets, and others. With this shift, the demand of personal cloud storage will also increase and almost 55 % of the residential internet population will use personal cloud storage, by 2019. The forecast also estimated that the global Smartphone traffic will reach 201 zettabytes by the end of 2017.

This index and cloud related forecasts indicate toward the need of greater cloud storage capabilities to meet the need of the time.

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