In the cloud computing arena, one of the biggest debates in 2011 surrounded cloud "lock-in," as many businesses and organizations are demanding increased portability of cloud applications between platforms, and increasingly pursuing open source solutions. Now, some of the biggest hitters on the technology scene are backing a proposed specification to do away with lock-in issues.
Amazon's Dynamo paper (PDF) is the paper that launched a thousand NoSQL databases, if you'll pardon a twisted metaphor and wee bit of exaggeration. The paper inspired, at least in part, Apache Cassandra, Voldemort, Riak and other projects.
As 2012 launches, some good news has rolled in on the employment front, but there are still many people looking for work. As noted in this post, it's entirely possible to graduate with a technology-related degree but not end up offering in-demand skills to employers.
While there are a number of open source solutions emerging for cloud computing, OpenStack remains one of the best backed platforms, with vendors ranging from Hewlett-Packard to Dell to Citrix supporting it.