One of the time consuming activities for a DBA in the sql server world is to work with problems related to poor performance which are due to lack of proper configuration of a SQL Server.Usually DBA's have scripts/jobs/PowerShell scripts to detect performance related issues and fix them.Once a problem is detected, then one would deal with research of different KB articles/ use experience to fix the issues. As part of the SQL Server 2011 release, microsoft also released a cloud service which can be used to monitor different sql server's. Here is a link: explaining the basic premise of the Atlanta tool and the beta version is available for download.
Microsoft is embracing the cloud in a big way and making lot of investments in this area. Cloud is going to be an interesting area to watch out for in the years to come.