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Cisco predicts data center traffic will triple by 2018

ICYMI: Cisco predicted a significant increase in the private cloud sector by 2018; Dynatrace named a leader in Magic Quadrant for the fifth time in a row.

Cisco predicted in its Global Cloud Index that 76% of the world's data center traffic will come through the cloud by 2018. Data center traffic, meanwhile, will triple from 3.1 zettabytes a year in 2013 to 8.6 zettabytes in 2018. Cisco said this projection includes data center-to-user traffic as well as data center-to-data center traffic. These numbers may appear enormous, but the data produced from Internet of Things devices by 2018 is expected to be orders of magnitude higher than total data center traffic today, including traffic being transmitted to data centers by end-user devices.

Kelly Ahuja, Cisco's senior vice president for service provider business products and solutions, said that most of the growth in cloud traffic will come from the private cloud sector. "When people discuss cloud, they often focus on public cloud services or public cloud storage services. However, a very significant majority of today's cloud workloads are actually processed in private cloud environments. Even with public cloud workloads having significant growth, by 2018, almost 70% of cloud workloads will still be private cloud-related, requiring the ability of workloads to bridge across a hybrid private/public cloud environment," said Ahuja.

Huawei lands first major deal as Redskins official technology partner

Huawei Enterprise USA announced its first major sports partnership, this one with the Washington Redskins. Under terms of an agreement between the two organizations, Huawei will provide a Wi-Fi network for the suite level of the team's 85,000-seat FedEx Field in suburban Washington, D.C. Although it has provided networking and infrastructure systems to sports teams in Germany and the Netherlands, this is the vendor's first deal with an American sports team. "It is an honor to work with the Washington Redskins, one of the most storied franchises in American sports," said Jun Xu, Huawei's vice president of technical solutions and marketing.

This deal does not interfere with the exclusive deal Extreme Networks has with the NFL, where Extreme is providing wireless analytics information to help teams improve mobile connections during games to enhance the fan experience.

Tufin and McAfee join forces to provide automated firewall security

Tufin and McAfee formed a business partnership to automate policy management for next-generation firewalls. Tufin's Orchestration Suite provides automated network security policies and ensures integrity of critical applications, the vendor contends. "Today's enterprises face an IT infrastructure with various security products that individually cannot keep up with the threat landscape, often lacking a centralized resource to help manage operational challenges," said Ed Barry, vice president of global technology alliances at McAfee. Tufin's technology, he said, will enable companies to keep up with some of these changes.

Tufin benefits from the partnership because it is now part of McAfee's Security Innovation Alliance (SIA). Through SIA, Tufin's products can reach up to 35,000 organizations that already use McAfee's security and risk management products, said Tufin.

Dynatrace: Five-time leader in APM Magic Quadrant

Gartner recently named Dynatrace a "Leader" in the Magic Quadrant for application performance management for the fifth year in a row. Dynatrace, a division of Compuware, has been placed in the leader quadrant ever since Gartner first introduced the APM Magic Quadrant in 2010. Within the last few months, Dynatrace has released several user management, data center monitoring and performance monitoring applications.

Dynatrace has about 5,800 customers and the world's largest APM community of nearly 83,000. According to Gartner, the APM industry is expected to grow its market share from $2.6 billion to $2.9 billion by the end of 2014.

"A lot of hard work and innovation goes into delivering on our vision of APM. As we transition to a private company, our pace is accelerating, and we are excited about leading this market into its next phase," said John Van Siclen, general manager of Dynatrace.

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The rapid rise of datacenter traffic is actually interesting. There is a prevailing thought that we can just throw more bandwidth at the networking problem, but if growth persists, the cost of doing so becomes prohibitively large. At some point, there will be a need to not only have the capacity but also to make better use of that capacity. We have seen utilization go up in both compute and storage, but networking hasn't done a lot to address utilization. That seems like fertile ground, though probably a bit early in the adoption cycle given the market is still settling with falling switch prices.

Mike Bushong (@mbushong)