Amazon Web Services has opened the doors of the AWS Marketplace, effectively an online shop for your cloud software needs.
The service is built to be just like the main Amazon shopping experience, with searching, and one-click purchasing and deployment of cloud tools. Vendors will apparently find it easy to list their products on the AWS Marketplace, and both them and customers can benefit from automated billing managed by Amazon, with hourly or monthly charges.
The Marketplace features a wide variety of both free and commercial business software, and software infrastructure such as databases and developer tools, with a range of popular vendors on board. These include 10gen, Canonical, Couchbase, Check Point Software, IBM, Microsoft and SAP AG, along with many popular open source offerings.
Terry Hanold, Vice President of New Business Initiatives at AWS, commented: "AWS Marketplace brings the same simple, trusted, and secure online shopping experience that customers enjoy on Amazon.com's retail website to software built for the AWS platform, streamlining the process of doing research and purchasing software."
"AWS Marketplace makes it even easier to run software on AWS because you can find a wide variety of AWS ecosystem providers' solutions, in one place, where much of the work involved in building and deploying solutions on top of AWS has already been done for you by these solutions providers."
We can certainly see this being popular, and Amazon has further plans to develop the store along the lines of its main site, adding customer ratings.