SEATTLE -- Today at AWS re:Invent, Amazon Web Services, Inc. announced the following new programs for the AWS Marketplace and AWS Partner Network (APN).
AWS Marketplace Announcements
AWS Marketplace is the cloud industry’s most widely used, curated digital software catalog that provides a way for customers to quickly find, buy, and deploy the third party software that is required to build solutions and run their businesses. Starting today, customers and consulting partners can now find and buy 160 trusted container products and deploy them on Amazon Elastic Container Service (Amazon ECS) and Amazon ECS for Kubernetes (Amazon EKS). Customers can discover container products from independent software vendors (ISVs) like Aqua, CloudBees, Software AG, and TIBCO, in categories such as high performance computing, security, and developer tools. The experience is powered by AWS Marketplace, and like any third party software purchased in the AWS Marketplace, customers can quickly deploy and receive their third party software service charges as part of their monthly AWS bill.
In addition, AWS launched AWS Private Marketplace, a new capability that enables IT admins to quickly create a customized catalog of product offerings from third-party vendors that align with an organization’s approved vendor and product policies. This greatly simplifies and accelerates the governance, procurement, and provisioning process for employees while ensuring that regulated companies can maintain control over IT purchases for compliance purposes.
“Today more than 160 new container product listings will be on AWS Marketplace from leading third party suppliers, giving customers the most selection and choice in quick and easy container purchase, deployment, and management options. And with Private Marketplace, employees can browse and purchase only the software products that are approved by their organization via a private, custom-branded marketplace to save them time and enable them to start deploying instantly,” said Dave McCann, Vice President Migration Services, AWS Marketplace and Service Catalog. “These recent innovations provide the more than 200,000 AWS customers who consistently shop on the AWS Marketplace with expanded choices and help them to procure and deploy software faster than ever before.
New IoT Programs for APN
The APN Program provides technical, business, and marketing benefits to consulting and technology providers so they can build AWS-based businesses and solutions that drive customer success. With the continued adoption of AWS services across geographies, industries, and organizations of all sizes, AWS customers are increasingly relying on APN Partners for their deep expertise, specialized technology, and proven success in helping organizations to migrate to and operate on AWS.
Today AWS launched new AWS IoT Service Delivery designations for APN Partners help AWS customers identify partners with proven success deploying IoT solutions on AWS. These include approaches for the design and implementation of IoT Solutions that are optimized for cost, reliability, security, performance, and scalability using AWS IoT Core, AWS Analytics, and AWS IoT Greengrass.
In addition, designed for APN Partners who are silicon vendors and original equipment manufacturers (OEMs), AWS also introduced the AWS Device Qualification Program (DQP) which allows partners to easily self-qualify IoT device hardware by authenticating and validating interoperability with AWS IoT Services like IoT Core, AWS IoT Greengrass, Amazon FreeRTOS, and Amazon Kinesis Video Streams. Before AWS DQP, OEMs were required to physically ship devices to AWS for testing and qualification. Now, APN Partners can simply download the IoT Device Tester qualification tool to validate and list their qualified hardware devices in the AWS Partner Device Catalog, offering customers choice and confidence in partner devices that are ready-to-use with AWS for their IoT projects.
Finally, AWS is expanding the AWS Competency Program with a new Container Competency for Amazon ECS and Amazon ECS for Kubernetes designations, identifying partners that are qualified to help customers manage container cluster workloads, build, test, and deploy applications, as well as monitor and secure containers. The AWS Competency Program identifies APN Partners who have demonstrated technical proficiency and customer success in specific workloads, industries, or solutions. It includes 38 categories in solution areas such as IoT, DevOps, Big Data, and Machine Learning, as well as industry verticals such as Education, Financial Services, Government, Industrial Software, and Healthcare/Life Sciences. Launch partners for the Container Competency include: Docker, Heptio, Mesosphere, RancherOS, SUSE, Redhat, Canonical, Shippable, Cloudbees, Twistlock, Aqua, Portworx, Trend Micro, Weaveworks, and Tigera.