Photo - Yuri Wahab, MD, Cisco Malaysia.
Small and medium Malaysian enterprises are expected to join larger enterprises in the adoption of the cloud economy. This is one of the findings of networking solutions provider Cisco's second annual Global Cloud Index (2011-2016) survey.
Speaking during the unveiling of the survey in Malaysia on 21 November 2012, Cisco Malaysia's managing director, Yuri Wahab, said: "Today, cloud is no longer just the domain of large multinationals with deep pockets. We recognised an improved level of cloud understanding and maturity among organisations in Malaysia, including SMEs [small and medium enterprises]."
"Complemented by national initiatives aimed at spurring the development of local cloud ecosystem, we believe Malaysia will progressively step up in embracing the cloud economy," said Wahab.
"At the core of cloud services is the network," he said. "Organisations must now consider how dynamic, robust and secure their network is in order to cope with the rapid rise of cloud traffic while taking full advantage of the technology. It is imperative to evolve their IT strategy accordingly to achieve maximum business value through greater cost savings and productivity."
Wahab said the second iteration of the cloud index forecasted that global data centre traffic would grow fourfold and reach a total of 6.6 zettabytes annually by 2016. "Cisco also predicts global cloud traffic, the fastest-growing component of data centre traffic, to grow sixfold - a 44 percent combined annual growth rate (CAGR) - from 683 exabytes of annual traffic in 2011 to 4.3 zettabytes by 2016."
For context, 6.6 zettabytes is equivalent to:
- 92 trillion hours of streaming music - Equivalent to about 1.5 years of continuous music streaming for the world's population in 2016.
- 16 trillion hours of business Web conferencing - Equivalent to about 12 hours of daily Web conferencing for the world's workforce in 2016.
- seven trillion hours of online high-definition (HD) video streaming - Equivalent to about 2.5 hours of daily streamed HD video for the world's population in 2016.
Data centres, not end-users, create most of the traffic
Wahab said the study also showed that the vast majority of the data centre traffic was not caused by end-users but by data centres and cloud computing workloads used in activities that are virtually invisible to individuals.
Other key forecasts include:
- For the period 2011-2016: roughly 76 percent of data centre traffic will stay within the data centre and will be largely generated by storage, production and development data.
- An additional seven percent of data centre traffic will be generated between data centres, primarily driven by data replication and software/system updates.
- The remaining 17 percent of data centre traffic will be fuelled by end-users accessing clouds for Web surfing, e-mailing and video streaming.
- By 2016, Asia Pacific will generate the most cloud traffic (1.5 zettabytes annually); followed by North America (1.1 zettabytes annually); and Western Europe (963 exabytes annually).
-By 2016, Asia Pacific will process the most cloud workloads (40.6 million, or 36 percent of the global cloud workloads); followed by North America, which will have 17.4 million, or 26 percent of the global workloads in 2016.
"From a regional perspective, the Cisco Global Cloud Index predicts that through 2016, the Middle East and Africa will have the highest cloud traffic growth rate, while the Asia Pacific region will process the most cloud workloads, followed by North America," said Wahab.
The Cisco Global Cloud Index (2011-2016) was developed to estimate global data centre and cloud-based Internet Protocol (IP) traffic growth and trends. The Cisco Global Cloud Index serves as a complementary resource to existing network traffic studies, providing new insights and visibility into emerging trends affecting data centres and cloud architectures. The forecast becomes increasingly important as networks and data centres become more intrinsically linked in offering cloud services.
The Cisco Global Cloud Index is generated by modelling and analysis of various primary and secondary sources, including 40 terabytes of traffic data sampled from a variety of global data centres over the past year; results from more than 90 million network tests over the past two years; and third-party market research reports.
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