Amazon Web Services, LLC (AWS), an Amazon company, debuted AWS Marketplace, an online store for customers to find, compare, and begin using business software and technical services. Visitors to AWS Marketplace can use 1-Click deployment to quickly launch pre-configured software and, according to a press release, pay only for what they use, by the hour or month.
AWS Marketplace features commercial and free IT and business software, including software infrastructure such as databases and application servers, developer tools, and business applications. Applications are offered from vendors such as 10gen, CA, Canonical, Couchbase, Check Point Software, IBM, Microsoft, SAP AG, and Zend, as well as many open source offerings including Drupal, MediaWiki, and Wordpress.
AWS seeks to help companies gain exposure for their software and SaaS products. Charges appear on the same bill as a customer's other AWS services. Software providers can add billing to their products by specifying hourly or monthly charges, without undertaking code changes; billing is managed by AWS Marketplace.