The Internet of Things will generate a staggering 400 zettabytes (ZB) of data a year by 2018, according to a report from Cisco. A zettabyte is a trillion gigabytes.
The company's fourth annual Global Cloud Index study shows that data from devices connected to the internet will reach 403ZB a year by 2018, up from 113.4ZB a year in 2013.
Cisco cited several business examples that will drive this huge rise in data, such as a Boeing 787 aircraft, which generates 40TB per hour of flight, or a Rio Tinto mining operation that can generate up to 2.4TB of data a minute.
Despite this huge growth in data from IoT devices, only a small amount will actually be sent to data centres for storage and subsequent analysis.
This will still cause the total amount of traffic sent to data centres to grow to 8.6ZB, up from 3.1ZB in 2013.
However, the majority of this growth will come from cloud services, which will represent 76 percent of all data centre traffic by 2018, up from 54 percent in 2013.
Kelly Ahuja, senior vice president for Cisco's Service Provider Business, Products and Solutions, said that private, rather than public, cloud environments will make up the majority of traffic demand.
“When people discuss cloud, they often focus on public cloud services or public cloud storage services. However, a very significant majority of today’s cloud workloads are actually processed in private cloud environments,” he said.
“Even with public cloud workloads having significant growth, almost 70 percent of cloud workloads will still be private cloud-related by 2018, requiring the ability of workloads to bridge a hybrid private/public cloud environment.”
Cisco also predicts that 54 percent of internet users will take advantage of cloud storage services by 2018, each generating 811MB of data centre traffic a month by 2018 compared with 186MB a month in 2013.
Microsoft and Dropbox announced a partnership on Tuesday to make it easier for Office and Dropbox users to access and edit information across both tools, underlining the growing use of such services in the business world.
For more information on the IoT and big data, visit the Intel IT Center.
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