This blog by CloudVelocity VP Engineering and Co-Founder Raman Chawla on how hybrid clouds can be used to quickly and easily create a pre-production or devtest lab in the cloud, for multi-tier apps and services, including database services. No virtualization vendor lock-in required, as it works for both physical and virtual Linux and Windows apps in AWS. An Azure version is coming in first half of 2013. Free trials are offered at the CloudVelocity website. Includes screen shots.