This article is ancient history by blog standards, being from all the way back in April, but it gives a start at answering a question that was hot – but ultimately unanswered – at the recent San Francisco CloudCamp. In talking about how the enterprise adoption of cloud computing would depend in large part on how risks were addressed, shifted and mitigated, analogies were repeatedly drawn to past moves to “outsourcing something critical”. Examples ranged from the more recent shift from in-house to outsourced data centers, exemplified by Exodus Communications, to more ancient, classic tech shift examples such as utility power. However, the analysis that night didn’t quite get past the “Hmm, that’s an interesting point” stage. Kirkpatrick’s post takes the next step.