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Cisco Report: Video Will Break the Internet

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Sounds crazy, right?

Well, you should read Cisco’s annual Visual Networking Index which forecasts trends in internet traffic between 2010 -2015. It is mind-blowing.

Now, clearly Cisco has a vested interest in companies investing lots of money to upgrade their IT infrastructures, but if they’re only half right, the world will still need serious upgrades to handle the kind of data movement they are predicting.

Among the highlights…

“In 2015, the gigabyte equivalent of all movies ever made will cross global IP networks every 5 minutes. Global IP networks will deliver 7.3 petabytes every 5 minutes in 2015.”

“It would take over 5 years to watch the amount of video that will cross global IP networks every second in 2015. Every second, 1 million minutes of video content will cross the network in 2015.”

That’s just scratching the surface of the report. They also go in to great detail about the rise of mobile computing as well as business demands. All of this leads Cisco to believe that if there isn’t serious consideration given to completely rethinking the entire infrastructure of the internet, we will be in for a rude awakening.

Oh joy…something else to be worried about. Thanks, Cisco!

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