Today we are opening up the AWS Markeplace to applications running on Microsoft Windows. We're launching with an initial set of applications, with many more in the pipeline for release in the near future. If you are a Windows ISV (Independent Software Vendor), you should consider making your products available in the Marketplace. I'll tell you why in just a minute.
What's the Marketplace?
The AWS Marketplace makes it easy for you to find, compare, and immediately start using a wide variety of applications and technical services in the cloud. The applications you run are hosted on Amazon EC2 instances running Linux or Microsoft Windows, with 1-click deployment and billing integrated into your existing AWS account. You pay only for what you use, allowing you to eliminate on-going hardware and software costs when your needs change or your projects come to an end.
Now For Windows
We launched the AWS Marketplace earlier this year with support for applications and services running on Linux. Effective immediately, we now support applications that run on Microsoft Windows Server. We support a number of versions of Windows Server including Windows Server 2008, Windows Server 2008 R2, and Windows Server 2012.
You can choose to run Windows on the full spectrum of EC2 instance types, from micro instances up to our largest cluster-computing instances, and in any of our nine regions worldwide. Windows is also available in the AWS Free Usage Tier, giving you the ability to test the environment for up to 750 hours per month without incurring charges, and then easily migrate to full-fledged environments when you are ready.
Windows instances work seamlessly with existing AWS features like Amazon Elastic Block Store (EBS), Amazon CloudWatch, AWS CloudFormation, Amazon Virtual Private Cloud, AWS Elastic Beanstalk, Elastic Load Balancing, and Amazon Relational Database Service. EC2 Windows instances are pre-configured for security and high-performance on AWS, and are set up for automatic patching and deployment. All Windows EC2 instances come with basic support, and business- and enterprise-level support is available.
Windows Applications in the Marketplace
The following Windows applications are now available in the AWS Marketplace:
- Parallels Plesk - A control panel for hosting and managing multiple web sites on a single server.
- Quest Toad - A database productivity tool for DBAs, developers, and analysts.
- MicroStrategy - A comprehensive BI (Business Intelligence) platform.
- SAP Afaria - Mobile device management.
If you are a Windows ISV, we want you to list your software in the AWS Marketplace so that you can sell it to hundreds of thousands of active AWS customers located all over the world. Because the AWS Marketplace shortens the time between discovery and deployment to a matter of minutes, you'll find that the sales cycle is dramatically shortened as well -- decisions that once took days or weeks now take just minutes. Once your application is in the Marketplace, we'll take care of all billing, collections, and disbursements for you so that you can focus on building your products and your business. You can now sell your traditional on-premises software in the cloud using a SaaS (Software-as-a-Service) model. Learn more about Selling on Amazon Marketplace.