Cisco Projects Middle East and Africa Cloud Data Center Traffic to Grow 440% by 2020

In Middle East and Africa, cloud data center traffic will grow 4.4-fold by 2020 to reach 304 Exabytes per year, at a CAGR of 34% from 2015 to 2020 according to a recent report by American multinational technology firm Cisco Systems, Inc.

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 centers.

By 2020, 95 percent of all workloads in Middle East and Africa will be processed in the cloud, compared to 78% in 2015. Consumers will represent 68% of cloud data center traffic by 2020 in Middle East and Africa, compared to 33% in 2015.

Related; Emerging Financial Technologies in Business Development

Here are some interesting highlights we picked from the report;

Business workloads will grow by 2.4 fold from 2015 to 2020 but their overall share of data center workloads will decrease from 79 to 72 percent.

Consumer workloads, while smaller in number, are growing faster: During the same time, consumer workloads will grow faster by 3.5 fold;

  • By 2020, consumer workloads will account for 28 percent (134.3 million) of total data center workloads, compared to 21 percent (38.6 million) in 2015. By 2020, video streaming workloads will account for 34 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 29 percent in 2015.
  • By 2020, social networking workloads will account for 24 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 20 percent in 2015
  • Video and social networking will lead the increase in consumer workloads, each respectively grows their percentage significantly. By 2020: video streaming workloads will account for 34 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 29 percent in 2015; social networking workloads will account for 24 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 20 percent in 2015; search workloads will account for 15 percent of total consumer workloads, compared to 17 percent in 2015.

Traditional Traffic Highlights

  • In Middle East and Africa, traditional data center traffic will represent 33% of total data center traffic by 2020, compared to 34% in 2015.
  • In Middle East and Africa, traditional data center traffic will grow 4.1-fold by 2020, at a CAGR of 32% from 2015 to 2020.
  • In Middle East and Africa, traditional data center traffic grew 38% in 2015, up from 26 Exabytes per year (2.2 Exabytes per month) in 2014.
  • In Middle East and Africa, consumer will represent 89% of traditional data center traffic by 2020, compared to 46% in 2015.

(Report by Cisco, Reporting by Kenyan wallstreet IT Desk)

Download the Report; Cisco® Global Cloud Index (2015-2020).