University of New Orleans Fund
There is an emergence of cloud application platforms such as Microsoft's azure, Google's app engine and Amazon's EC2/SimpleDB/S3. Startups and enterprise alike, lured by the promise of 'Infinite Scalability', 'Ease of Development', 'Low Infrastructure Setup Cost' are increasingly using these cloud service building blocks to develop and deploy their web based applications. However, the precise nature of these cloud platforms and the resultant cloud application runtime behavior is still largely an unknown. Given the black box nature of these platforms, and the novel programming and data models of cloud, there is a dearth of tools and techniques for enabling the rigorously evaluation of cloud platforms at runtime.