That can be awfully hard to calculate, especially with so much "cloud washing," companies offering services they call cloud that are actually thinly-disguised versions of older offerings, going on.
OSIntegrators, a Durham, N.C.-based consultant, recently tried to deploy a file on a number of different cloud platforms and posted the results,
So where does that leave us? At the start of a long and bumpy road. Customers know what to expect from public cloud services, and some companies are starting to meet those demands. This is a market with leaders and followers, with a few big players who've got game and a lot who just talk a good game.If you're looking to buy public cloud services, or move your enterprise computing system into the public cloud to save money, 2013 shapes up as an awfully interesting ride. If you're an investor, know that roller coasters and hurricanes can also give you awfully interesting rides. At the time of publication, the author was long IBM, GOOG MSFT and RHT. Follow @DanaBlankenhorn This article is commentary by an independent contributor, separate from TheStreet's regular news coverage.