Amazon Web Services has launched a new online cloud computing store that will allow customers to find, compare and buy software and services.
AWS Marketplace will offer store users pre-configured software, including databases and application servers, developer tools, and business applications, either on a per-hour or per-monthly basis.
The software will be available from vendors such as CA, Check Point Software, IBM, Microsoft and SAP, as well as open source alternatives that include Drupal, MediaWiki, and WordPress.
"AWS Marketplace brings the same simple and secure online shopping experience that customers enjoy on Amazon.com's retail website to software built for the AWS platform," said Terry Hanold, AWS vice president of new business initiatives.
"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."
AWS will manage all the billing in the Marketplace, which it said should encourage more sellers on to the hub, as they will be relieved from the responsibility of managing customer accounts and processing payments.
In recent news AWS has announced the launch of a new cloud-hosted service designed to give firms the ability to host search services on their sites or access data stored within their applications quickly and easily.
The CloudSearch tool can be integrated into applications and websites and allows developers to specify which datasets should be searchable, and then the system automatically provisions the resources required and deploys the search indexes needed, the firm explained.
Rosalie Marshall is the special projects editor and chief reporter at V3. Previously she was a reporter for IT Week and channel editor for online television site LocalGov.tv. Rosalie covers government IT, business applications, IT skills, open source technology and social networks.