Isn't Blue Sky of Death a trademark ?
Pretty sure it's a Midnight Oils album.
Eadon makes a serious point, but is unfair to Microsoft.
Not only does no Cloud vendor offer any meaningful compensation, such things are rarer than Dalek shit in the industry as a whole. Back in the 1970s when copying a file from one machine to another was an interesting experimental activity that made sense, in in 2013, there really ought to be a cash incentive for IT suppliers to be reliable.
The problem with Steve Balmer is that he's such a crap accountant that he doesn't realise that he's an
accountant at all.
If you say to an accountant ,"the cost from preventing screwup X is $Y,000 but the cost of the screwup is having to pay someone to write a blog post to say sorry, then the accountant will ask why you are bothering him with something where the answer is so obvious.
If you add "but X may never happen", he will dryly mock you.
Fact is that there is a vast number of ways Azure could have gone titsup and so the odds of it being any particular problem is just this size of zero. Fixing all those potential issues costs money, but their effect doesn't.
So if there was a cost associated with the recent Azure failure, the political / accountancy axis that drives all decisions at Microsoft would allocate more money to stop problems.
As an entity, MS is not stupid, it can learn, so look at the lesson it can draw from this screwup.
Cost (Screwup) == $10,000
Cost (Prevention) == $30,000,000