2013 Cloud Wishlist

While I am not Nate Silver to make predictions about what is going to happen in 2013, this is my wishlist for 2013. Please note that none of these wishes is completely new, but none is prime either. If you provide a prime solution in any of these areas, I would be happy to be correct. Please leave your comments.

1) Inter-Operability

Hotly debated topic – from why do we need this to how to do this. While there are attempts to define what Interoperability really means, it is also one of the mostly malleable terms. A favorite argument used both for and against OpenStack – depending on how you spin it, someone even claimed 2013 will be the year of InterOp. My sincere hope is that the industry arrives at a closure on what InterOp really means. If any one platform can provide that by end of this year, that will be great!

2) Security

Cloud Security seems to be an after-thought; relying hypervisor security at the best. While compliance has been looked, how one can reliably say that cloud (platform) is secure? What tools/ methodologies do we have? Do we have threat models of cloud management platforms? This might seem to be so 2010 (as in people when people would ask is cloud secure), but I am looking for a quantitative methodology to say that cloud is secure. Know of any? I am not entirely sure of what Cloud Security Alliance does, but would love to learn more without having to pay any membership fees.

3) Standard Benchmarks


My cloud is faster than yours! Each provider has one’s own definition of resource units. How to quantitatively compare providers or even platforms? How to quantify a platform’s performance? While I am aware of proprietary/ in-house tools to measure, I haven’t come across one like SpecInt or TPC. It is not a OS until it can be measured.

4) Better Disaster Recovery mechanisms

Where to start? Lot has been talked about the outages last year – AWS Christmas eve outage or its postmortem,  or Azure outages. However, it is not entirely prudent to leave it up to cloud providers. One has to design for failure, and I hope to see more better practices/ patterns around that.

5) Usage Optimizations


Cloud resource usage optimizations – this has enough jargons to throw in a pitch statement for an aspiring startup, wait a minute. I already know of one – MetricsHub, a TechStarsAzure Accelerator 2012 graduate. There is a lot of monitoring/ reporting tools available – both from the providers(Amazon CloudWatch), or as services (Cloudability, NewVem, Cumulux(Opstera)) or cleanup tools (JanitorMonkey), but I am looking at something that can optimize based on the usage patterns. Easier said than done!

Appvember – take 2

As you could see, I didn’t make much progress since day 4 update (I did continue until day 10 or so, but didn’t get to blog). Instead of giving up, I decided to pick up from Day 4. It is going to be take 2 for Appvember. I hope to stay on course this time. I am resetting my expectations to blog everyday on the progress, may be every three days?

Appvember: Day 4 Update

First week of GenerationApp is all about design – how to nail it. I’ve been reading the guides, sketching etc. Before I post the sketches, I thought of posting what the app is meant for. Here is a short abstract.


Nayati (Sanskrit verb: Guide) is a guided learning app for children which enables them sketch and draw better. This can be used individually or in a class like setting. It enables a child to pick a sketch, trace it and get rated. Child can archive (in cloud), proceed to color, choose a different one. Art work can be shared via parent’s social circle (or a private circle for a class environment). Custom samples can be added to sample library in paid version.

This one is inspired from DrawSomething, sample Lucerne education app  and the social learning phenomenon. I am not worried about ‘giving away’ my idea, as i believe execution is more important than just the idea. Please leave your suggestions/ comments if you have anything to add/ modify in this app.


OpenStack Use India – Survey Request

I am speaking at the OpenStack Design Summit on OpenStack in India as part of International Track (Tuesday 10/16, 4:30 pm). Towards that, I am collecting OpenStack usage statistics. If you are a ‘stacker in India, please fill out http://www.surveymonkey.com/s/RH2KFY5. Thank you for your contribution towards making OpenStack successful!

By Sriram Subramanian Posted in Cloud