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AWS Marketplace China supports free and bring-your-own-license (BYOL) AMIs. 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 AWS resources such as Amazon RDS and Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3). All AWS Marketplace China AMI products have been verified for quality and preconfigured for quick launch on AWS infrastructure. AWS Marketplace China does not support software as a service (SaaS), container, and machine learning products.

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 AWS CloudFormation?

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

How can I use AWS CloudFormation templates to deploy software products from AWS Marketplace?

Software sellers may offer AWS CloudFormation templates to define a preferred deployment topology consisting of multiple AMI instances and other AWS resources. If an AWS 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 AWS 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 AWS resources such as Amazon RDS, Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3), or any other AWS service—as a single solution.

How are these products different from the products in the AWS community AMI catalog?

On the Amazon EC2 console, the AWS 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 AWS Marketplace China also offer software that I can install on my on-premises servers or PCs?

No. The software listed in AWS 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 AWS 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 AWS Marketplace China?

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