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Machine to machine network consumption

Cisco released their annual analysis of Internet usage and how mobile devices are contributing to the growth.

 

They estimate there was eight times as much mobile data last year than was transferred across all the Internet in 2000 (right about the height of the .com era). There will also be an 18-fold increase in network traffic over the next five years.

 

They also state that the second-leading source of traffic won't come from people, but from machine-to-machine communication. This is m2m is something I’ve mentioned a number of times before on this blog. These are those sensors in cars, appliances, CCTV, smart grids, and eventually almost all the devices around us that monitor our environment and report to each other and to cloud environments, as part of our efforts to make our lives safer and easier.

 

The chart below shows the expected growth in machine-to-machine traffic. It is expected to reach half an Exabyte per month by 2016.

 

 machine to machine network usage.png

 

Business networks impact will need to be part of organizations enterprise architecture planning.

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  • Steve Simske is an HP Fellow and Director in the Printing and Content Delivery Lab in Hewlett-Packard Labs, and is the Director and Chief Technologist for the HP Labs Security Printing and Imaging program.
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