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How cloud computing could see an end to modern day data centres

A recent publication by technology giant Cisco has suggested that cloud data traffic has the potential to largely reduce the need for traditional data centres within the next three years.


Indeed, with the use of cloud computing services and applications increasing at a rapid rate, the report anticipates that 95% of data centre traffic will pass through cloud systems by 2021.


So what is steering the growth of cloud computing and how will industry infrastructure have to adapt to increased requirements?


What is driving demand?


Driven by the marked increase in the use of cloud applications, data centre traffic is growing incredibly quickly and is expected to reach more than 19 zettabytes (ZB) per year before 2021. By this time cloud data centre traffic will represent almost all global data centre traffic, compared to just 88 percent in 2016.


The demand for consumer and business applications has contributed largely to the increasing prominence of cloud services. Social networking, visual media such as video streaming, and search are among the most popular cloud applications used by consumers, whilst businesses are increasingly reliant on enterprise resource planning (ERP), collaboration, and analytics.


How will infrastructure be adapted to meet demand?

The increasing use of cloud data will lead to the continued establishment of huge public cloud data reserves that Cisco calls ‘Hyperscale Date Centres’. There will be more than 600 of these centres located worldwide by 2021, compared to 338 in 2016.


According the Cisco these data centres will hold ‘53 percent of all data centre servers (up from 27 percent in 2016), account for 69 percent of all data centre processing power (compared to 41 percent in 2016), 65 percent of all data stored in data centres (51 percent in 2016) and 55 percent of all data centre traffic (up from 39 percent in 2016).’


With projections from Cisco suggesting that nearly all workloads and compute instances will be processed by cloud data centres by the time 2021 rolls around, it seems that traditional data centres will be completely phased out by the midway point of the next decade.


Find out more


Cloud computing offers increased performance, higher capacity, and greater ease of management compared with traditional data centres. To find out how your business can benefit, contact the friendly team at Unimbu today.

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