Being known as a control freak doesn't always have the best connotation. But when you're responsible for an enterprise's IT needs, being a control freak can almost feel like a necessity.

Many cloud providers give companies visibility to many different dashboards for provisioning, reporting, and so-on.

But providers need to be transparent about how much storage and compute is actually dedicated to you. That level of transparency is important in order to make the right decisions and get consistently strong performance. That's how you deliver enterprise-grade cloud services.

Getting down to that level of detail is also important for another reason – so you can understand the hardware that's actually being used at the end of the line.

For true enterprise applications, cloud providers should be using state-of-the-art technology in locations designed specifically to operate as cloud data centers – not facilities which were converted into a cloud location after the fact.

That's why it's important to look "under the hood" with cloud vendors. Release your inner control freak – so you know you're not getting a cloud computing lemon.