Cloud traffic in Middle East, Africa to quadruple by 2019

Cloud traffic in the Middle East and Africa will quadruple by 2019, according to the Cisco Cloud Index. Personal cloud storage, public cloud services, denser private cloud workloads and the Internet of Everything (IoE) are among the key drivers of growth.

The Cisco Global Cloud Index (2014-2019), which was released today, also forecasts that by 2019 as much as 83 per cent of all MEA data centre traffic will come from the cloud. The Middle East and Africa region is expected to have the highest cloud traffic growth rate at 41 per cent by 2019. This growth and increasing transition to cloud services is driven by a number of factors, including the personal cloud demands of an increasing number of mobile devices, and the rapid growth in popularity of public cloud services for business.

Cisco said the growth of machine-to-machine (M2M) connections also has the potential to drive more cloud traffic in the future. “The Cisco Cloud Index highlights the fact that cloud is moving well beyond a regional trend to becoming a mainstream solution, with cloud traffic expected to grow more than 30 per cent in every worldwide region over the next five years,” said Vernon Thaver, CTO of Cisco South Africa.

“South African enterprise and government organisations 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.”

Cisco predicted that the Internet of Everything (IoE) will also have a significant impact on data centre and cloud traffic growth. Though today only a small portion of this content is stored in data centres, this is likely to change as the application demand and uses of big data analytics evolves.

New technologies such as SDN and NFV are also expected to streamline data centre traffic flows, meaning traffic volumes reaching the highest tier (core) of the data centre may fall below 10.4 ZB per year and lower data center tiers could carry over 40 ZB of traffic per year.

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