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Amazon Web Services Marketplace China supports free and bring-your-own-license (BYOL) AMIs and SaaS products. You can use an AMI to deploy a single EC2 instance, or use a CloudFormation template to deploy multiple instances of an AMI, along with other Amazon Web Services resources such as Amazon RDS and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). All Amazon Web Services Marketplace China AMI products have been verified for quality and preconfigured for quick launch on Amazon Web Services infrastructure.

Frequently Asked Questions:

What is an AMI?

AMI is the acronym for Amazon Machine Image. An AMI is an image of a server that includes the operating system and, often, additional software.

What is Amazon CloudFormation?

Amazon CloudFormation is a service that helps you model and set up your Amazon Web Services resources so that you can spend less time managing those resources and more time focusing on your applications that run in Amazon Web Services. An Amazon CloudFormation template describes the various Amazon Web Services resources that you want (like Amazon EC2 instances or Amazon Relational Database Service (RDS) database instances), and Amazon CloudFormation takes care of provisioning and configuring those resources for you. For more information, see Getting Started with Amazon CloudFormation.

How can I use Amazon CloudFormation templates to deploy software products from Amazon Web Services Marketplace?

Software sellers may offer Amazon CloudFormation templates to define a preferred deployment topology consisting of multiple AMI instances and other Amazon Web Services resources. If an Amazon CloudFormation template is available for a product it will be listed as a deployment option on the product listing page.

How is deploying an AMI different from deploying a cluster of AMIs using an Amazon CloudFormation template?

You can use an AMI to deploy a single EC2 instance. You can use a CloudFormation template to deploy multiple instances of an AMI that act as a cluster—along with Amazon Web Services resources such as Amazon RDS, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), or any other Amazon Web Services service—as a single solution.

How are these products different from the products in the Amazon Web Services community AMI catalog?

On the Amazon EC2 console, the Amazon Web Services Marketplace China catalog contains a curated selection of open source and commercial software from well-known sellers.

The community AMIs catalog is a community resource where people and development teams can list and exchange software or projects under development, without having to go through extensive vetting. Listings in the community AMI catalog might not be from well-known sellers and generally have not undergone additional investigation for their security and availability.

Does Amazon Web Services Marketplace China also offer software that I can install on my on-premises servers or PCs?

No. The software listed in Amazon Web Services Marketplace China is only available to run on Amazon EC2. It's not available for download.

What about community-provided AMIs that don't meet Amazon Web Services Marketplace China's listing requirements?

You can continue to find AMIs shared by other developers by searching on the Community AMIs tab of the Launch Instance Wizard on the Amazon EC2 console.

Can I continue to share AMIs without listing them in Amazon Web Services Marketplace China?

You can continue to share your AMIs publicly via the EC2 community catalog.