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May
13th
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You can now easily launch any image from TheCloudMarket using the Amazon AWS Console or Rightscale (where available).
Check out an example for this Ubuntu image.

You can now easily launch any image from TheCloudMarket using the Amazon AWS Console or Rightscale (where available).

Check out an example for this Ubuntu image.

Nov
16th
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More than 11000 AMIs are now available across all regions!
6700 just on US East region!

More than 11000 AMIs are now available across all regions!

6700 just on US East region!

Nov
15th
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Dec
7th
Mon
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New Amazon region in the US West coast

You may have already heard about the new region added last week to Amazon Web Services and particularly Amazon EC2 in the US west coast.

We are already indexing the images in the new region (almost a hundred so far!) and you can filter your searches to choose the region that suits best your needs.

Nov
10th
Tue
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Socializing: introducing image ratings and comments

From today you can see on TheCloudMarket Amazon AMIs ratings and comments made by other users that hopefully will help you make a decision on what image to choose.

For any image, you can see the ratings, the comments, and if you make searches you can sort them by their rating.

If you have an account (sign up, it’s free!) you can rate and add comments yourself.

Enjoy!

Oct
14th
Wed
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Our Amazon EC2 wishlist

There are a couple features on EC2 that we would love to see implemented.

Ability to link to the AWS console pages for each AMI.

We would like to have a link to “Run this image” from our image details page (ie. http://thecloudmarket.com/image/ami-e40f2790 ) that would take the user to the aws console page where he enters all the info before launching (number of images to run, keypar,…).
It’d be very helpful for image providers too, so they can have the same sort of link on their websites.

Ability to get the offeringCodes from the productCodes.

We can see all the images that are associated to a product from the EC2 API but there’s no way to get to the product page with just that information, you need to search in google to figure out what the “buy this image” link is (the one like https://aws-portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/user/subscription/index.html?offeringCode=xxxxxx).

With the offering codes we can provide “Proceed to buy” links in the image details pages, for instance for the Amazon DevPay example.

Oct
9th
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Where do we get our data from?

The Cloud Market provides a directory of Amazon images. We use Amazon EC2 API to get the list of all the available AMIs almost real time, which includes a name, architecture, region, owner code and a few more other things. You can keep an eye on the RSS feed of images as they are available on EC2.

For some well known images we automatically assign a name to them, based on some common patterns. For example, for Alestic images.

Then we go to the Amazon Wiki list of AMIs where there is information about a few of the images, and we parse that into our site, so you don’t have to do it twice. For instance you can find information about the Ubuntu 7.10 Gutsy Base Install image, and the same information in The Cloud Market.

And obviously you can always claim your images and update the information yourself, from the web interface.

It is very easy, you just signup and next to the images you’ll see a claim this image link. We’ll ask you to upload a file to S3 in the same bucket the AMI is and all your images under the same Amazon account will be associated with your TheCloudMarket user, giving you access to update the information about you, your organization (logo, description, url, twitter) and your images.

If you have paid AMIs using Amazon DevPay, then it is also very easy to allow people that landed in your AMI page to buy them in one step. Go to the Products tab in your AMI and add your Product Offering Code provided by Amazon (you can get it from the product link, ie. https://aws-portal.amazon.com/gp/aws/user/subscription/index.html?offeringCode=1FE31479).

We will automatically get the information in the product’s page and a Proceed to buy link will be displayed along with your image information, helping you connect to people searching for images. Check it out at the Amazon Demo Image for DevPay page.

Oct
8th
Thu
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One of the latest features added to the site are statistics on EC2 AMIs: by region, by platform and by owner, both the totals and over time!

One of the latest features added to the site are statistics on EC2 AMIs: by region, by platform and by owner, both the totals and over time!

Jun
30th
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Getting the information from Amazon image listings

We have just dumped all the information available in the Amazon collaborative wiki image list into the site.

If you submitted information there about your image, good news! the information is already in TheCloudMarket. We parse the wiki and extract the name, description, and all the other info as an attached readme.

For instance, check the Java Web Starter AMI provided by Amazon wiki page and the page at TheCloudMarket.