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Forecasting data center and cloud traffic growth

The Cisco Global Cloud Index (GCI) was developed to estimate worldwide data center and cloud-based traffic growth and trends. If the second annual Cisco GCI is any indication, the two are not mutually exclusive. Growth is the trend.

“Data center virtualization and cloud computing are evolving as essential elements of business, education, government, and home communications and networking,” says Thomas Barnett, Director of Service Provider Thought Leadership at Cisco. “The Cisco GCI findings reveal a tremendous need and demand for intelligent and scalable solutions.”

Cisco forecasts global data center traffic to grow fourfold and reach a total of 6.6 zettabytes annually by 2016. The company also predicts global cloud traffic, the fastest-growing component of data center traffic, to grow sixfold from 683 exabytes of annual...

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