No one denies that the volume of information traversing the Internet is growing at a rate faster than the rabbit population at your local pet store. A 2014 study conducted by Cisco attempted to quantify the volume this activity and arrived at the following estimates: - Annual Global IP traffic will pass a zettabyte—that’s a one followed by 21 zeros this year-- and surpass 1.6 zettabytes by 2018 - By 2018 over half of the traffic will be generated by non-PC devices, the number of which will be double the global population.

The other aspect of this continued escalation in data volume is the immediacy of its availability required by its consumers. The demands of this combination of volume and speed will continue to act as stressors on existing data centers and are forcing providers to examine how to keep data as close to end users as possible to enhance its value and eliminate latency.

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