Amazon Web Services (AWS) has long let users deploy Linux images from its own collection. Now it is allowing the import of pre-defined virtual machine images for popular Linux distros, as well as the ability to export those images once in use.
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The feature initially supports 64-bit Linux images in Hyper-V (VHD), Citrix XEN (VHD) and VMware (ESX and VMDK) formats. Distributions that will work include Red Hat EL, Centos, Ubuntu and Debian. Importing those images creates an Amazon Machine Image (AMI) which can then be launched in EC2. Hit the announcement post for more details.
VM Import / Export for Linux [AWS Blog]