Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Visual Internet Traffic to Quadruple in Four Years

Here is a projection about internet use that will amplify the caffination in your coffee this morning.

The projection comes from Cisco, and while it is in their interest to offer these projections to sell more hardware, recent projections over the years from Cisco have actually been low.  Remember that, and ponder this:

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Akamai Real Time Web Monitor
Cisco projects a massive increase in IP traffic worldwide from 369 Exabytes in 2011, to approximately 1.3 zettabytes in 2016.  The growth is primarily due to an increasing number of connected devices, increased broadband connectivity, and increasing use of video world wide.

As they explain, the amount of transported data in 2016 will be more than all the IP traffic between 1984 and 2012 combined. The number of connected devices (from iPhones to network savvy refrigerators and everything in between), is expected to expand from some 10 billion last year, to almost 19 billion four years from now.  That is 2.5 connections for every individual soul on the planet.  And the content of the traffic? By 2016 it is expected to be more than 85% video.  (Thanks to Cisco and TechCrunch for the numbers.)

Apply this to your community; think about how to use these levels of connectivity to increase coordinated service in the social service, disaster relief, education, and workforce sectors.  Plan now, for where we are going--together.

Dr. W. Douglas Zimmerman
President & CEO
VisionLink, Inc.