网易科技讯 4月19日消息，据国外媒体报道，亚马逊利用旗下在线零售卖场及应用商店的资源，推出AWS Marketplace服务，使用户可以使用相应的云服务。
AWS新业务项目副总裁特雷•哈罗德（Terry Hanold）称：“有了AWS Marketplace，客户可以找到‘大量不同类型的AWS生态系统供应商的解决方案’。在AWS中建构和部署这些解决方案的工作也已由这些解决方案供应商完成。”这大大方便了客户拓展云服务。
Amazon launches cloud app store (and eats ecosystem?)
By Derrick Harris Apr. 19, 2012, 3:12am PT
Amazon Web Services has launched an app store that promises users one-click deployment of their favorite software programs and applications. While it’s a great move by AWS and likely good news for customers, the aptly named AWS Marketplace isn’t necessarily good news for the myriad startups that host their PaaS and SaaS offerings atop AWS.
From Amazon’s perspective it’s easy to see why the marketplace idea was so appealing. Letting users launch fully configured versions of popular products in a single click is a compelling feature, especially for complex software that isn’t easily deployed in the cloud (or at all). For its software-vendor partners, AWS Marketplace represents an opportunity to do SaaS without having to build a SaaS business or infrastructure. Presently, the AWS Marketplace claims as options a variety of commercial and open source products, including 10gen, CA, Canonical, Couchbase, Check Point Software, Drupal, IBM, MediaWiki, Microsoft, SAP, WordPress and Zend.
But the AWS Marketplace might be a double-edged sword for software vendors and, especially, companies offering services built atop AWS. Companies such as Acquia, BitNami and OpenLogic, for example, already exist and offer this preconfigured app experience using AWS for the infrastructure, and they’re part of the marketplace. Maybe they see the AWS Marketplace as just more exposure. That AWS handles the billing and other administrative work doesn’t hurt either.
Elsewhere, though, RightScale offers its own library of preconfigured software bundles and there are numerous database-as-a-service and other application- or stack-specific offerings available. RightScale’s efforts appear directly affected, while for the others it’s get on board with the AWS Marketplace or risk being buried. Their services might be more thorough — providing more than just infrastructure — and the specialization level might be higher, but competition is competition. Maybe they don’t want to play by AWS’s rules in hosting services in the marketplace.
I spoke recently with one cloud service provider that has moved off of AWS for just this reason. It sees AWS impeding on its space already, and poised to do so even more.
Of course, AWS has done this type of thing before and faced the same criticism, and hasn’t been affected too negatively. Whether it was a management interface or monitoring or a relational database service, someone in the AWS ecosystem is always hurt by AWS’s moves up the stack from its initial IaaS offering. Yet, AWS is still the cloud champion, and its broad swatch of features is part of the reason. And with the marketplace, there’s always the argument that AWS is only helping the little guy.
At this point, though, AWS is the 800-pound gorilla in the cloud space, and it can’t make a move without stepping on some toes and taking some criticism. If you want to hear more about where cloud computing is headed — and where AWS and its ecosystem might be headed next — attend our Structure Conference in June. Amazon CTO Werner Vogels will be speaking, as will dozens of other thought leaders working on the next big things.