Without mentioning names, earlier this year the managed-hosting provider that I have been working for since October secured a very large contract with a new customer, for whom, over the past month and a half or so, we've built over a hundred servers and three SQL DB clusters across two continents. I personally specced and built their entire DB infrastructure. When I got up this morning, that buildout was still in testing.
Then pretty much Amazon's entire US-East EBS/EC2 cloud went down. Guess where New Customer's current production environment was hosted.
Was, I say. Five hours later, when their solution was still down and Amazon still couldn't even give them an ETA for restoration, they said to us, "Um ... this new solution you're building for us? Can we push it into production ahead of schedule? Like ... right now?"
"Sure," we said. "We'll be standing by in case there's any problems."
So they rather nervously loaded their live production data, switched their DNS over ... and it all came up and Just Worked, first time. It hasn't so much as hiccupped. Needless to say, their executive management is ecstatic (and highly impressed with us).
I love it when a plan comes together...