Cloud Computing is not just a concept anymore. This trend was moved to enterprises finally. The value of cloud services was acknowledged and accepted by enterprises despite that previously was considered as a simple virtualization thing.

Why? This methodology helps enterprises transit workloads to cloud. Enterprises offering IaaS get real apps and robust model of cloud. So, let’s consider what should we waiting for in 2013.

1. Amazon — robust public clouds can handle enterprise apps

According to the recent research, the most successful companies have some development running in Amazon public cloud. Anyway, when it comes to such industries as finance or healthcare with heavily regulated systems, companies that are running in such sectors would never allow employees use public clouds. But Amazon web service cut a deal with Eucalyptus and companies can run Eucalyptus clouds interoperated with AWS in a hybrid model.

2. HP is waiting for a miracle

IBM, Hewlett-Packard, DELL, EMC that are powered by legacy hardware aim to prove their authority in the world. But this world is moved to the sky that makes hardware insignificant. Anyway, HP is waiting for “multiyear turnaround” in 2013. They launched OpenStack-based computer cloud that confidently moves HP’s technologies to the clouds.

3. OpenStack cloud software — be or not to be?

The last year was a big year for OpenStack. Today OpenStack doesn’t have Rackspace as a paternal anymore. It’s time to see whether it really can compete with AWS. HP, Red Hat, Internap, Rackspace are all standing up OpenStack-based clouds. We are waiting for new options from this side. More companies organize services around OpenStack. Despite that many experts claim that OpenStack was too late, we are still in early days of cloud computing.

4. Infrastructure expands the boundaries beyond the data center

The new era of infrastructure is come since launching Spanner database which allows syncing content across five data centers with support of all the favorite web services. Google, Facebook, Netflix are also moving this way. And we are waiting for the starching of the data centers’ infrastructure outside discovering new ways to keep things in sync over the networks.

5. Software-defined networking – nothing is getting easier

Software-defined networking topic was widely discussed in 2012. We saw the software-defined storage and software defined data centers. If you need to put out an app from the server, you have to bring the networking and storage along with this app. And the idea was to bring the same flexibility to storage, data center and networking, as virtualization has brought to computing.

We can’t say for sure what kind of clouds will be on demand for the next year. Perhaps even young companies, or companies with legacy hardware will rise up and be established at the one level with Amazon. But one thing is obvious – the Cloud Computing age is come and has already made life easier for many enterprises.