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Middle East and Africa to Post World's Highest Cloud Traffic Growth Rate to 2018

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Half of Global Population Will Have Residential Internet Access; More Than Half of Those Will Use Personal Cloud Storage: 4th Cisco Global Cloud Index

DUBAI, United Arab Emirates - November 12, 2014 - The Middle East and Africa will post the world’s highest cloud traffic growth rate, growing more than 8-fold from 2013-2018, according to the fourth annual Cisco Global Cloud Index (2013 - 2018) issued today.

Worldwide, Cisco forecasts continued strong growth of cloud traffic, cloud workloads, and cloud storage - with private cloud significantly larger than public cloud.

Global data center traffic will nearly triple, with cloud representing 76% of total data center traffic. By 2018, half of the world's population will have residential Internet access, and more than half of those users' (53%) content will be supported by personal cloud storage services.

Boosted by the Middle East and Africa (MEA) having the world’s highest mobile devices per user, at more than seven per user, the region’s cloud traffic will grow from 31 exabytes in 2013 to 262 exabytes in 2018, at a CAGR of 54%.

MEA will also rank second in the world to the Asia Pacific region in the growth rates of total data center workloads (24% CAGR), cloud data center workloads (39% CAGR), and traditional data center workloads (5% CAGR) from 2013-18.

Key Highlights/Findings for Middle East and Africa:

Data Center Traffic

  • Data center traffic will reach 366 Exabytes per year (30 Exabytes per month) by 2018, up from 68 Exabytes per year (5.7 Exabytes per month) in 2013.
  • Data center traffic will grow 5.4-fold by 2018, at a CAGR of 40% from 2013 to 2018.
  • Consumer data center traffic will represent 62% of total data center traffic by 2018, compared to 25% in 2013.

Consumer Cloud Storage

  • Cloud data center traffic will represent 72% of total data center traffic by 2018, compared to 45% in 2013.
  • Cloud data center traffic grew 85% in 2013, up from 17 Exabytes per year (1.4 Exabytes per month) in 2012.
  • Consumer will represent 61% of cloud data center traffic by 2018, compared to 26% in 2013. 

Traditional Traffic Highlights

  • Traditional data center traffic will represent 28% of total data center traffic by 2018, compared to 55% in 2013.
  • Traditional data center traffic will reach 103 Exabytes per year (8.6 Exabytes per month) by 2018, up from 37 Exabytes per year (3.1 Exabytes per month) in 2013.
  • Consumer will represent 66% of traditional data center traffic by 2018, compared to 24% in 2013.

Global Cloud Readiness

  • Globally, "cloud ready" continues continue to grow, from 79 in 2013 to 109 in 2014 that met the single advanced application criteria for fixed network. Qatar and Oman rank in the Top 10 countries in the world for leading mobile network performance.

Executive Quote
Scott Manson, Data Center Middle East Lead, Cisco:
“Connected daily lives and businesses are becoming a reality across the Middle East, with services including virtual offices, connected education and medicine on mobile devices all supported by cloud-based applications. Governments and organizations need to prepare now for an increasing level of cloud workload to transition from traditional data centers to virtualized servers.”


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