The amount of data traversing the modern cloud platform is breaking new ground. Annual global data center IP traffic is projected to reach 7.7 zettabytes by the end of 2017, according to the latest Cisco Global Cloud Index report. Overall, data center IP traffic will grow at a compound annual growth rate (CAGR) of 25 percent from 2012 to 2017.
Now, much more than before, organizations are relying on large sets of data to help them run, quantify and grow their business. Over the last couple of years, already large databases have evolved into giga, tera and even petabytes.
Furthermore, this data no longer resides within just one location. As these data growth numbers indicate, with cloud computing, this information is truly distributed.
Big data and data science is taking off in pretty much every industry.
Science: The Large Hadron Collider conducts about 600 million collisions per second. As a result, only working with less than 0.001% of the sensor stream data, the data flow from all four LHC experiments represents 25 petabytes annual rate before replication (as of 2012). This becomes nearly 200 petabytes after replication.