Citing the company’s Global Cloud Index, Joe McKendrick reports the company estimates global data center traffic to reach 6.6 zettabytes annually by increasing fourfold between 2011 and 2016.
Global cloud traffic is the fastest growing piece of data center traffic and McKendrick writes that could see a 44 percent combined annual growth rate during that same timespan, or a sixfold increase.
The company predicts that by 2014, 52 percent of all workloads will be processed in the cloud and 48 percent will remain in the traditional information technology environment.
Two years later, Cisco forecasts 62 percent of workloads will be in the cloud.
As of 2011, North America generated most of the cloud traffic with Asia-Pacific in second and Eastern Europe in third.
By 2016, the company predicts the APAC region will lead in that category, followed by North America and Western Europe.
Earlier this month, Cisco’s top executive for telepresence cloud told reporters and industry analysts employees are starting to acquire their own cloud services for communication (click here for Gina Clark’s comments).