Make Money Reselling Amazon EC2 AMIs

John Musser, August 7th, 2007

Amazon FPSJust as Google is helping Google Maps developers monetize their mashups, Amazon is giving EC2 API developers a new way to make money. How? With their new Paid AMI support program. It lets creators of EC2 AMIs, or Amazon Machine Images, a means for reselling their AMIs and earn an ongoing commission. This means customers of the EC2 virtual computing service can become resellers of their own software as a service stack.

Jinesh Varia from the Amazon Web Services team gives an overview in this blog post:

For example, A Ruby on Rails Developer can now configure the entire stack (Nginx, Apache, Mongrel, MySQL and all the open source goodies that “simply works”), set its price, say $0.15 cents/hour and $0.12 /GB-up and $0.21 /GB-down and fire away. While Amazon EC2 gets the same old traditional $0.10/hour, $0.10/GB-up and $0.18/GB-down, the developer (AMI-creator) gets the difference (in this case, $0.05/hour, $0.02/GB-up, $0.03/GB-down) credited back to his account from whomever who instantiates that image.

The AMI-creator can set any price for the AMI depending upon the software that is loaded or as compensation for the work and time he has put onto making it and AMI-consumer simply purchases the AMI just like he purchases more tangible items from

For more ideas, you can see a list of existing public AMIs here including Django on Gentoo or Liferay portal setup.

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2 Responses to “Make Money Reselling Amazon EC2 AMIs”

August 7th, 2007
at 11:23 am
Comment by: Chris

What does this to to the Jamcracker model?

August 8th, 2007
at 12:22 pm
Comment by: John Musser

That’s an interesting question, although I don’t know enough about Jamcracker’s business model to say.

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