We are striving to avoid any on-site infrastructure at our startup. A combination local and cloud-hosted virtual machines have been working for us so far, but now we need an ESXi host as well. Currently I'm hosting ESXi under VMWare Fusion on my Macbook Pro, but that isn't really a long-term solution.
So, is there a cost-effective solution for hosting ESXi in the cloud? We're looking for 2+ cores, 8+ GB memory, 40+ GB HDD.
Editing to clarify why we need ESXi: one of the products we build is delivered to our customers as an ESXi virtual appliance. Building the appliance in VMWare Fusion and then trying to export for ESXi is generally a crapshoot in terms of device compatibility. I'd rather build and test it under ESXi in the first place so we can be more confident it will work when it is imported.