Great info. Thanks for pointing out the value of an underused tool.
Interesting question. I definitely think that a "normal" IT guy or gal can become an IT rock star through hard work, practice and dedication.
I might tell my younger self that not everything is as important as I thought it was at the time. :-)
In a standard Microsoft environment SA is required to freely use live migration to move VM's between hosts. Without SA you are limited to one move every 90 days.
Its also important to realize that the cloud doesn't have to be an either or choice. You can augment your on-premise systems with cloud-based backup or DR.