Workloads prepared in cloud datacentres consist of the fastest-growing segment of all datacentre traffic, and will exemplify about two-thirds of all such traffic by 2016.
Cloud computing is instantly becoming entrenched as the regular solution for data management, accessible anywhere, at any time, over any network, and around many different devices.
Its appeal is evident - investment in expensive hardware to store and manage data is no longer required, and the "pay as you go" or "time and materials" model means that businesses no longer have to fork out for peak adequacy at all times, rather only paying for that extra capacity when they need it.
But what influence will these massive volumes of corporate data traffic have on our on the web connectivity and access speeds?
The short answer is that it fundamentally adjusts how you need to model your corporate network. While the common Wide-Area Network (WAN) covers only intra-organisational connectivities (such as between offices and private datacentres), interdependence on public or hybrid cloud framework will require compatibility between third-party networks and corporate end-points - essentially increasing the WAN beyond the organisation's perimeters. And when you take into account the large volumes of data and multiple apps running in the cloud, this expanded WAN needs even more bandwidth than before to cope with the flow of data, without producing bottlenecks or interruptions.
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