MEA cloud traffic in massive expansion

Cloud computing advances from emerging technology to an essential scalable and flexible networking solution

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MEA cloud traffic in massive expansion This rapid growth of cloud traffic is attributed to cloud architectures' ability to scale quickly and efficiently support more workloads than traditional data centres.
By  David Ndichu Published  December 15, 2016

Middle East and Africa cloud data centre traffic is expected to grow 440% by 2020, newly released Cisco Global Cloud Index projects.

Globally, cloud traffic is expected to rise 3.7-fold, up from 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020.

The sixth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2015-2020) reveals that in the Middle East and Africa, data centre traffic will reach 451 exabytes per year by 2020, up from 105 exabytes per year in 2015. This rapid growth of cloud traffic is attributed to increased migration to cloud architectures and their ability to scale quickly and efficiently support more workloads than traditional data centres.

With greater data centre virtualisation, cloud operators are also able to achieve greater operational efficiencies while flexibly delivering a growing variety of services to businesses and consumers with optimal performance. To better understand data centre growth, new analysis on application workloads was developed for this year’s report. The following business and consumer projections were revealed:

“Over the past year, we’ve seen a variety of businesses and organisations develop plans for cloud migration or adoption. The move to the cloud is imminent as cloud computing has advanced from an emerging technology to an essential scalable and flexible networking solution,” said Mike Weston, vice president, Middle East, Cisco. “With multiple trends influencing the growth of data centre and cloud computing such as increasing digitization, the widespread adoption of multiple devices and connections and the growth of mobility, the importance of cloud readiness cannot be overemphasized.”

“Although our region has made significant strides to reach a capable level of supporting basic and intermediate cloud services, the focus now turns to continuing to improve network capabilities to support the advanced cloud applications that organizations and end users expect and rely upon,” added Weston.

For the first time, Cisco also quantified and analysed the impact of hyperscale data centres. These data centres are expected to grow from 259 in 2015 to 485 by 2020. Hyperscale data centre traffic is projected to quintuple over the next five years. These infrastructures will account for 47 percent of total data centre installed servers and support 53 percent of all data centre traffic by 2020.

A key infrastructure trend is transforming hyperscale (and other) data centres. Software-defined networking (SDN) and network functions virtualization (NFV) are helping to flatten data centre architectures and streamline traffic flows. Over the next five years, nearly 60 percent of global hyperscale data centres are expected to deploy SDN/NFV solutions. By 2020, 44 percent of traffic within data centres will be supported by SDN/NFV platforms (up from 23 percent in 2015) as operators strive for greater efficiencies.

Regional highlights:

-In Middle East and Africa, cloud data centre traffic will grow 4.4-fold by 2020 to reach 304 Exabytes per year, at a CAGR of 34% from 2015 to 2020

- By 2020, 95 percent of all workloads in Middle East and Africa will be processed in the cloud, compared to 78% in 2015.

- Consumer will represent 68% of cloud data centre traffic by 2020 in Middle East and Africa, compared to 33% in 2015

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