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It'd be great to be able to create a virtual machine on my local computer (Ubuntu as guest OS) and start off running it there. Then, when I need more power, upload it to a VM hosting provider and run it there.

With Mac computers, is there any combination of e.g. VMWare Fusion, Parallels, Linode, & AWS that'd enable this? E.g., download a Linode and run it locally.

EDIT: Amazon apparently supports this "You can import VMware ESX VMDK images, Citrix Xen VHD images and Microsoft Hyper-V VHD images for Microsoft Windows Server 2003 R2 and 2008 R1 and R2. You can export previously imported EC2 instances to VMware ESX VMDK, VMware ESX OVA, Microsoft Hyper-V VHD or Citrix Xen VHD file formats."

So now the question is, what desktop software (for Mac) supports these images?

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closed as off topic by SvW, Zoredache, Brent Pabst, Michael Hampton, Tim Brigham Sep 10 '12 at 23:00

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Do you really want to transfer the entire virtual disk back and forth? Why not just setup two identical VMs and then transfer your data? –  Zoredache Sep 10 '12 at 22:28
@Zoredache yes, that's what I want to do: setup the VM once, and then copy it to the other location. My question is, what app + hosting service combinations enable this? –  Dogweather Sep 10 '12 at 22:38
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