While most in the industry predict that the cloud will ultimately lead to the demise of corporate data centers, new data released by Cisco suggests that cloud computing will keep data centers running strong.
According to the Global Cloud Index, recently released by Cisco Systems, Inc., a company that designs and sells consumer electronics, networking, voice, and communications technology and services, it soon won't matter if you're using applications from your own data center or from somewhere else, they will likely be delivered from the cloud.
In fact, Cisco notes that many companies are already moving to the cloud.
The 2011 Cisco Global Cloud Index is built on a series of predictions on the growth of global data centers and cloud-based IP traffic and it estimates that global data center traffic will grow four-fold from now until 2015, reaching 4.8 zettabytes annually. The cloud computing component will grow 12-fold and represent more than one-third of all data center traffic by 2015.
Cisco also predicts that in two years, the amount of workloads processed in cloud data centers will surpass those processed in traditional data centers.
Cisco's report signals the need for business leaders need to recognize the changing relationship that their organizations have with technology. IT departments will evolve into service brokers as the cloud opens new doors to winder markets.