AWS Marketplace How to buy a product

by Alexander Weiß

Making a purchase in the AWS Marketplace is pretty easy, but there are some things you should know before doing so. If you are unfamiliar with the AWS Marketplace, then this post is for you, because I explain everything you need to know. Before I guide you through the purchase process, I will give you some necessary background information.

The AWS Marketplace is the place to go, if you are looking for pre-configured AMIs, which you can run in the Amazon cloud. But it is also a good starting point if you are looking for SaaS-services. The selection of products is very widespread, and so is the pricing. Many well-known companies offer their software here, but you will also find vendors that are hardly recognized outside the Amazon ecosystem.

If you are familiar with the design of the old Amazon webshop you will feel at home immediately when you open the AWS Marketplace homepage for the first time, because it pretty much looks the same.

AWS Marketplace homepage

AWS Marketplace homepage

On the left side is a navigation menu with different categories, e.g. Developer Tools. You can use them to find your desired software package, or you can use the search. No matter which way you chose, a website with a list of products will open.

AWS Marketplace product list

AWS Marketplace product list

Here you’ll see some basic information about the product: the customer rating, the vendor, the type of product and a short description. Basically there are two different kinds of products: SaaS and server-based. You can read more about the difference between them here. To get more details about the product you can open the products information website with a click on the product name.

AWS Marketplace product information page

AWS Marketplace product information page

If you are satisfied with what you see, you can buy the product directly from this page. But before I describe this process I have to tell you that the purchase process for SaaS products will be quite different. You can tell if you view a SaaS product or not by looking at the orange button on the right side. If it is named “Visit Site”, you are viewing a SaaS product, otherwise it is named “Continue”.

AWS Marketplace SaaS product

AWS Marketplace SaaS product

 

I’m concentrating on the purchase process of server-based products now. The reason behind this is that there is no standard process for SaaS products. You are just referred to the service’s homepage and you have to buy the product there. The implementation is up to the SaaS provider and therefore it is different for every SaaS product.

Buy a server-based product in AWS Marketplace

Before you decide to buy the product you probably want to know the price. To get a quote you just have to look at the right side there is a box with the “Pricing Details”. Depending on the product there might be a lot of different prices listed, though. If you do not want to get confused by all these numbers, ignore them for now and click the “Continue” button. You are referred to a new website. Here you have two basic options: “1-Click Launch” and “Launch with EC2 Console”

AWS Marketplace buy with one-click

AWS Marketplace buy with one-click

On this page you can see a price tag under the heading Monthly Estimate. This price is calculated for the case, that the instance is running 24/7. Below this price tag you can see the hourly prices for the different instance types. Before you can launch the instance with one click you should check the configuration.  The available configuration parameters are: Version, Region, EC2 Instance Type, Firewall Settings, Key Pair.

  • Version: Some vendors offer their product in different software versions. Here you can choose which one will be used for the instance. This setting might affect the price.
  • Region: The Amazon Region in which the instance will be launched. Prices differ for each region, so if you have no need to have your instances running in a specific region it might be worth comparing the prices.
  • EC2 Instance Types: if you want to learn more about EC2 Instance Types read more about it here. The Instance Type is the major factor in price calculation, so don’t oversize your instance.
  • Firewall Settings: Here you can add the instance to one of your Security Groups. You can also choose to create a new Security Group with the recommended settings from the seller. This option is the default one and is called “Create new based on seller settings”. The Security Group settings of this group are displayed next to the selection field.

Key Pair: Here you can choose one of the Key Pairs which is used with this instance. If you don’t have a Key Pair, yet, you have to create one in the Amazon EC2 Management Console and refresh the browser window. In this post you can read how to import your own Key Pair.

Before you click “Accept Terms & Launch with 1-Click” check the price and the configuration settings again, because if you click this button you are done with the installation.  Pretty simple, isn’t it? 😉

My next post will explain how you can manage your subscriptions.

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