India must prepare for cloud traffic explosion

Indian cloud data center traffic will increase four-fold by 2017 with 17% of services accessed by mobile users, according to Cisco

Indian cloud data center traffic will increase four-fold by 2017 with 17% of services accessed by mobile users, according to the third annual Cisco Global Cloud Index.

Cloud-based workloads will increase by an average of 35% during the five-year period between 2012 and 2017. By 2017 the research expects cloud data to account for over two thirds of data center traffic, some of 7.7 zettabytes.

Cisco said more than 17% of data center traffic will be cloud content accessed by users on the go. This includes web surfing, music and video streaming and other collaboration with connected devices. India has a population that rely on mobile phones and businesses are using mobile to reach customers and empower staff. 

According to Forrester's Forrsights Budgets and Priorities Tracker Survey Q4 2012, nearly 53% of IT organizations based in India plan to invest more in mobile applications as a part of their software spending in 2013.

There will be more than 19 trillion hours of corporate web conferencing and nearly 8 trillion hours of high definition (HD) online video streaming, according to the Cisco study.

The Indian government and IT businesses have started adopting cloud technologies. 

Spending on public cloud services in India will increase by almost 40% in 2013 compared to last year, and will reach $26.6bn INR in 2013, according to Gartner.

To cope with predicted demand in India, telecommunication service provider BSNL is adding six new internet data centers for hosted cloud services in different locations across India.

Shri R.K. Upadhyay, managing director at BSNL, said these data centers will support various government initiatives as well as enterprise clients.

“Our clients are looking for high availability data center services with safeguards around data sovereignty and security, innovative commercial models and IT-as-a-service,” said Shri R.K. Upadhyay.

Sabyasachi Jana, UI designer at Scalable Systems, said the only way to cope with this flood of data is to introduce internet service with improved bandwidth. 

“I think that would not be a problem in near future as already the country has started taking measures to handle such large bunches of data. The benefits that cloud computing has given the IT sector in the recent years is a clue to the increasing dependence on cloud computing of businesses,” said Sabyasachi Jana.



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