In every innovation, at a certain point the weight of the evidence becomes overwhelming. Early adopters are vindicated, mainstream users are convinced and diehards fall back into the distance, their cries of "It's not good enough!" dwindling to an inaudible whimper. Every new platform solves the shortcomings of the previous generation platform. Every new platform also brings its own drawbacks.
Cloud computing is no different. It's powerful and innovative, but it has blemishes of its own. However, 2013 will be the year that we start addressing the real drawbacks of cloud computing-the challenges of scale, complexity and change-rather than fixating on its supposed drawbacks such as security, compliance and SLAs.
Bernard Golden is the vice president of Enterprise Solutions for enStratus Networks, a cloud management software company. He is the author of three books on virtualization and cloud computing, including Virtualization for Dummies. Follow Bernard Golden on Twitter @bernardgolden.
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