It is important to know that governance is a gating factor that needs to be in place before an organization can move to any type of IT deployment and this is no exception for a cloud computing implementation.
Like SOA, cloud governance includes stakeholder and decision rights enablement; for example, determining authority figures for procuring cloud solutions and the required level of stakeholder involvement. Governance is the key for establishing the cloud technology platforms and processes as well as overall strategic goals and policies. Setting up the charge-back strategy to govern the billing and metering of a cloud development is a good example of an important process to govern.
One of the key value propositions of cloud computing is that the provider now assumes responsibility for the computing infrastructure. For the early adopters, not having to worry about infrastructure has been a boon. Nevertheless, it comes with certain risks:
Providers need to balance getting on with the job of keeping the infrastructure running, while at the same time giving organization IT enough visibility, choice, and delegated control over its own assets to fulfil its obligations to stakeholders. The buck still stops with organization IT, irrespective of whether the infrastructure is cloud-sourced or in-house.
There are some unique challenges businesses face within infrastructure cloud computing, to which we should apply the following, but not limited to, governance considerations: