Cloud computing 2012: a pessimist’s guide

1Executive Summary

As the saying goes, the more things change, the more they stay the same. For most companies, IT will not get any simpler or cheaper next year thanks to cloud computing. In fact, it might actually get more complex and more expensive before we figure out what makes the most sense economically and technically to move to the cloud and how to do it right.

This research note, part of GigaOM Pro’s outlook for 2012, examines startups’ chances to challenge traditional enterprise IT practices, cloud pricing models, the true state of federated clouds, and how IT jobs will change in the coming months.

Companies mentioned in this report include Amazon, Circonus, Cloudability, Factual, iDashboards, Okta, OpenStack, Oracle, RightNow, SAP, SuccessFactors, Symplified, uptimeCloud and VMware.

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