AWS Marketplace Announces Support for Software Running on Microsoft Windows®

  AWS Marketplace Announces Support for Software Running on Microsoft Windows®

   Amazon Web Services customers can find, buy, and 1-Click deploy software
    running on Microsoft Windows Server including products from Parallels,
                      MicroStrategy, and Quest Software

   Open Source Operating Systems and Big Data solutions also now available

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- December 04, 2012

Amazon Web Services Inc. (AWS), an company (NASDAQ: AMZN), today
announced that the AWS Marketplace now supports Windows-based software and
other new software categories including Big Data solutions. AWS Marketplace is
an online store that makes it easy for customers to find, compare, and
immediately start using the software they need to build products and run their
businesses. Customers can now quickly discover and 1-Click deploy software
products running on Windows Server to the AWS Cloud, including well-known
business intelligence, database, and hosting solutions. As with all products
in the AWS Marketplace, customers pay only for what they use and can scale
their software up or down as needed. Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2)
instances running Windows Server, include 2003 R2, 2008, 2008 R2, and 2012
editions, and as with all Amazon EC2 Windows instances, customers have the
option of enterprise-class support and updates, while taking advantage of the
security, scalability, and pay-as-you-go pricing of AWS. To learn more about
the AWS Marketplace, visit

Windows users will now be able to find, deploy, and start using popular
application infrastructure, development tools, and business software in
minutes. These customers can use the AWS Marketplace to easily search and
filter for Windows-compatible software, compare pricing across different
server types, and launch in the AWS region of their choice. AWS Marketplace’s
1-Click deployment lets customers start their software in minutes, automating
the provisioning of hardware, and simplifying the deployment and configuration
of software. Software charges appear on customers’ existing AWS bills, and AWS
consolidates payments through one pipeline – there’s no need to set up and
manage new accounts for every software product. With no servers to purchase
and configure, and no complicated software deployment process, AWS is making
it simple and easy to use Windows-based software.

A selection of popular Windows Server software is now available in the AWS
Marketplace including products from Parallels Software, MicroStrategy, and
Quest Software. Parallels Software is offering Plesk Panel, a widely used
hosting control panel solution; MicroStrategy is helping customers quickly
build business dashboards with their MicroStrategy 9.3 business intelligence
platform; and Quest Software is making available their Toad database
productivity software which helps customers support Oracle, SQL Server and
MySQL databases running on AWS.

Windows ISVs and software resellers can now list their software in the AWS
Marketplace and sell their solutions to hundreds of thousands of active AWS
customers around the world. AWS Marketplace can reduce the time to discover,
purchase and deploy software dramatically, shortening it from days (or weeks
or months) to minutes compared to traditional sales cycles. ISVs and resellers
also benefit by having all billing, collections, and disbursements
automatically handled by AWS, with software revenue deposited directly into
the software vendor’s or reseller’s account. This includes the ability to
support pay-as-you-go pricing with minimal additional programming effort:
sellers simply set the pricing for their software by instance size, and AWS
tracks usage and calculates the bill. ISVs can version products and the AWS
Marketplace can help notify customers when new versions are available.

“Offering customers choice for their cloud infrastructure and enabling open
development is a priority for us, which is why we’re excited to provide our
Toad solution for on-demand use across managed databases,” said Michael
Sotnick, Vice President of Worldwide Channels and Alliances for Quest Software
(now part of Dell). “We deliver value to the AWS ecosystem today through our
freeware edition that enables more than two million developers to easily
leverage Toad for Oracle, Toad for SQL Server and Toad for MySQL within the
AWS cloud.”

“We have customers who require an easy, fast method to get our Plesk Control
Panel up and running,” said John Zanni, Vice President of Marketing and
alliances, Parallels. “The integrated billing, including software in the AWS
Marketplace, makes using AWS efficient and effective. Being able to tap into
the AWS user base is a really attractive strategy to broaden our customer

AWS Marketplace now includes a Big Data category for customers who want to
analyze large amounts of data and are looking for ways to quickly solve Big
Data problems. Customers can now deploy and immediately start using big data
technologies such as Couchbase and MongoDB with the click of a button. In
addition, AWS Marketplace offers open source operating systems CentOS, Debian
and FreeBSD, extending the selection of operating systems available in
Marketplace which include Windows Server, Red Hat Enterprise Linux, SUSE Linux
Enterprise Server, and Ubuntu.

About Amazon Web Services

Launched in 2006, Amazon Web Services (AWS) began exposing key infrastructure
services to businesses in the form of web services -- now widely known as
cloud computing. The ultimate benefit of cloud computing, and AWS, is the
ability to leverage a new business model and turn capital infrastructure
expenses into variable costs. Businesses no longer need to plan and procure
servers and other IT resources weeks or months in advance. Using AWS,
businesses can take advantage of Amazon's expertise and economies of scale to
access resources when their business needs them, delivering results faster and
at a lower cost. Today, Amazon Web Services provides a highly reliable,
scalable, low-cost infrastructure platform in the cloud that powers hundreds
of thousands of enterprise, government and startup customers businesses in 190
countries around the world. AWS offers over 30 different services, including
Amazon Elastic Compute Cloud (Amazon EC2), Amazon Simple Storage Service
(Amazon S3) and Amazon Relational Database Service (Amazon RDS). AWS services
are available to customers from data center locations in the U.S., Brazil,
Europe, Japan, Singapore and Australia.

About, Inc. (NASDAQ: AMZN), a Fortune 500 company based in Seattle,
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