Lucas Carlson is a magician and developer who lost ten years worth of projects when his server melted down. His solution is a little bit of cloud magic.
He came up with AppFog, a Microsoft BizSpark company, which reduces time and helps developers work across any programming platform, and let's operational people and devs work simultaneously on projects without getting messy. Here's the video documentary explaining it. According to Carlson, "Microsoft has been extremely innovative" in their cloud hosting solutions, "and that has been very helpful."