Big News @ Amazon Web Services
Amazon announced the release of Elastic Block Storage, persistent storage service for EC2. So, now, you can rent a complete server with attached storage at AWS. The storage will live even if you destroy the server. Here is a post from Jeff Barr describing the service. Another post by Amazon CTO, Werner Volgels.
Here is the GigaOM post where I first read about the service.
I wish these services were available when I was CTO at Brassring, a SaaS provider in the recruitment automation space.