This post at VirtualHosting.com discusses several interesting metrics and forecasts. They include
- Data transfer metrics from/to Data Centers
- Top causes for Data Center Downtimes
- Top Cloud Outages due to Data Center Downtimes
- Projected outage costs
As cloud based services become more and more prominent, the reliance on data centers is pushed from end customers to cloud service providers. That way, data center outages are going to get more visibility while they are hosting cloud service providers than while hosting end customers.
In other words, while consumers appear to be moving more towards cloud based services, the cloud based services themselves become more reliant on the data center services that cut across multiple geographic regions.
Here is the graphic for quick access, from VirtualHosting.com