The beta test cluster in the cloud has been a huge success.
We recently discovered Amazon EBS. Wow! We were about to plunk down a huge hunk of cash on an Equalogic setup in our datacenter. EBS is causing us to re-think this.
Basically, EBS gives us a SAN in the cloud. We are now hot-sync-ing our encrypted database up to an EC2 instance with an attached EBS, so there is now a hot standby in the sky. Now if we do fail over to the standby, some things (e.g., our mail servers) will still operate from our data center so that all our ISP relationships stay the same.
I am pinching myself. A setup like this cost me over $1M in my last startup (I was the co-founder of Responsys).