To some extent, the concept of cloud computing is as old as Generation X, rooted in the simple delivery of computing resources via a global network. There were major milestones that we all can recall, the start of Salesforce.com (a major SaaS), the onset of Web 2.0 (two-Oh!), and the whole exercise of declaring the "Two Oh" of everything. Perhaps nothing impacted us more than the launch of Elastic Compute Cloud, EC2. We gathered by the hundreds of thousands to hear and learn about the emergence of Amazon's S3 storage, the first major infrastructure as a service (IaaS). Very quickly, cloud storage became mainstream to enterprise data centers worldwide, and with it, some of the largest disasters ever known throughout computing history. Despite this, the benefits outweighed the risks.
Unlike any previous evolution in computing, the emergence of cheap functional applications, the SaaS revolution, overran methodical IT Shops. The obvious business benefits ruled the day. Shadow IT met the needs of literally every department. The agility of doing things without the support of IT, however, would more often than not, resoundingly backfire. Clear need for Cloud Governance would fast be overtaken by the threat of cyber attack, and Cybersecurity wins as the leading reason for controls and oversight to align the worlds of virtualization, cloud, and the principles of IT governance, especially security configuration controls.
It is no longer a matter of "if" companies will leverage the cloud, but a matter of how. Data Center Operations has worked to identify types of major risk in the development of Private and Hybrid Cloud infrastructure. The evolution of configuration, equipment, network and site-based risk management has, in fact, been keeping pace.