We all know that Internet traffic continues to rise at a staggering rate, but some of the fundamentals are also changing. Last year metro traffic surpassed long haul and will account for 66% of total traffic by 2019. Meanwhile, by 2018, the cloud will account for 76% of total data center traffic; by then IP will represent almost 80% of all traffic as well. (Details are easily found in the 2015 Cisco Visual Networking Index [VNI] and the Cisco Global Cloud Index.)
So, how can network operators scale their networks to accommodate this ever-escalating traffic without reducing performance, reliability, and service quality? And, very importantly, how do they do this while driving a strong business case?
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Author: Dr. Robert Keys, Chief Technology Officer & Senior Vice President of Product Management, BTI Systems