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By 2020, 92 Percent of Everything We Do Will Be in The Cloud: eDiscovery Trends

In this case, I guess you could say that foresight is 2020… :o)

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According to an article on Forbes.com, by 2020, 92 percent of computing workloads will be processed by cloud data centers; versus only eight percent being processed by traditional data centers.

The article (With Internet Of Things And Big Data, 92% Of Everything We Do Will Be In The Cloud, written by Joe McKendrick and released earlier this month) references estimates released by Cisco that show that cloud traffic is likely to rise 3.7-fold by 2020, increasing 3.9 zettabytes (ZB) per year in 2015 (the latest full year data for which data is available) to 14.1 ZB per year by 2020.  (FYI, a zettabyte is one billion terabytes!)

Not surprisingly, Big Data and associated Internet of Things are a big part of this growth, according to the study’s authors.  By 2020, database, analytics and IoT workloads will account for 22% of total business workloads, compared to 20% in 2015. The total volume of data generated by IoT will reach 600 ZB per year by 2020, 275 times higher than projected traffic going from data centers to end users/devices (2.2 ZB); 39 times higher than total projected data center traffic (15.3 ZB).

The survey also finds that public cloud is growing faster than private cloud. By 2020, 68 percent (298 million) of the cloud workloads will be in public cloud data centers, up from 49 percent (66.3 million) in 2015.  However, the authors attribute much of that growth to hybrid cloud strategies, such as cloud bursting, which is “an example of hybrid cloud where daily computing requirements are handled by a private cloud, but for sudden spurts of demand the additional traffic demand — bursting — is handled by a public cloud.”  The authors also see a rise in Software as a Service (SaaS) for online applications, where by 2020, 74 percent of the total cloud workloads will be SaaS workloads, up from 65 percent currently.

Needless to say, with more data than ever in the cloud by 2020, eDiscovery will be conducted on more and more cloud-based data.  Fasten your seat belts and put your tray tables up!

So, what do you think?  Do you find yourself using the cloud more in your organization?  Please share any comments you might have or if you’d like to know more about a particular topic.

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