One thing that is both vital to developers, and difficult for traditional IT stacks is the ability to run the exact same platform in development and QA as you do in production. In fact, a holy grail of development/QA process is to get the developers environment to match production.
In the cloud, this is much easier. We accomplish this using our aPaaS product and some simple automation. Read more about The Holy Grail of Dev/Test: deploying production-identical dev environments in minutes »