I got my first bill from Amazon a while back. About $10. Worth it.

I worked with virtualization at Nicira. I knew about the concept before I got there but had never had any hands on with it. Long story short. I liked it. Back in Sweden I started promoting it as an alternative to buying hardware but had to pitch it as a cloud idea rather than a straight forward virtualization solution.

I am currently actively using cloud computing provided by (in alphabetical order):

  • Amazon
  • Rackspace

They offer pretty much the same thing but I really like how Rackspace take care of their customers. Both have pretty much the same out of the box OS images to offer:

  • Windows 2008
  • Windows 2003
  • Assorted Linux distributions
What I am missing here is a really light Windows XP alternative. You see, not everyone who wants cloud computing wants a server. They might want clients. I have a higher demand for clients than I do for servers (even if I do want both). Why is no one offering a competitive Windows XP image option?