"Once you have a Zimory account it's a pretty simple process to
create a new deployment and provision it to any number of different
data centers in the US and Europe. Zimory offers three basic
appliances including Ubuntu 8.10 running under VMWare, a Xen-based
LAMP appliance based on Debian, and a smaller LAMP version with a
limited disk footprint. You can also upload your own appliance as
long as it runs under VMWare or Xen.
"After you select your appliance you must choose how much memory
to provision (between 128 and 8192 MB) and the number of processors
you want dedicated to your application. Finally, you must choose a
cloud site (or sites) to deploy your image to and you're all done.
The Zimory Web-based dashboard gives you a quick summary of your
deployments, their status and quick links to start / stop and
manage the instance through a browser-based VNC session.
"One thing we learned pretty quickly is you'll need the latest
Java Runtime for the VNC viewer to work properly. When we attempted
to connect to the service from a laptop running Ubuntu 9.04, our
Firefox prompted us for the missing plugins and loaded them right
up. All that was needed was a quick Firefox restart and we were
good to go."