Global Internet traffic is growing at a rapid rate that is expected to accelerate even more in the coming years. According to the latest Visual Networking Index (VNI) forecast from Cisco, global Internet traffic will hit 966 exabytes per year in 2015.
The growth in Internet traffic over the next four years will be greatest between 2014 and 2015 when Cisco forecasts growth of 200 exabytes, which is the total amount of IP data that was sent in all of 2010.
“We’re on the verge of the zettabyte era,” Doug Webster, director of strategic communications, worldwide service provider marketing at Cisco, told InternetNews.com. “That’s equivalent to eight times the amount of all the traffic generated in 2008. It’s the equivalent of 20 million DVDs going across the network every hour.”