Cloud Computing Patterns, Mechanisms > Basics > Roles and Boundaries > Organizational Boundary
An organizational boundary represents the physical perimeter that surrounds a set of IT resources that are owned and governed by an organization. The organizational boundary does not represent the boundary of an actual organization, only an organizational set of IT assets and IT resources. Similarly, clouds have an organizational boundary (Figure 1).
Figure 1 – Organizational boundaries of a cloud consumer (left), and a cloud provider (right), represented by a broken line notation.