2013 will be the year many over-hyped buzzwords become more practical. Private clouds won't be achieved en masse, but converged infrastructure including CI (converged infrastructure) management solutions will become the "new normal" for compute/network/storage. Clients will view this as the path to many of the attributes of private cloud without the organizational and technological disruption. Outages affecting SaaS players and the rationalization of the true TCO (total cost of ownership) of cloud solutions will attenuate much of the rush to SaaS adoption, and clients will favor hybrid going forward. Lastly, the industry will understand SDN (software-defined networking) and realize that it will not be overly disruptive in the short term and warrants more evolution before adoption.