"Amazon.com has announced a new online marketplace in its Amazon Web Services that lets customers use software and services from a variety of software providers at an hourly metered rate. Software providers like IBM, Microsoft, SAP, and CA offer products for sale on the site as well. There are also free open source applications, such as Drupal and SugarCRM.
Amazon.com's rationale is simple: provide software to run on the AWS site to sell more AWS storage and compute units and, thus, make more money. But the move could put software providers and their customers in a difficult position..."
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