AMAZON CREATES A SOFTWARE RENTAL STORE
Amazon.com’s Amazon Web Services business, facing looming competition for its business of renting online data storage and computing, is introducing a store where customers will be able to rent business software from a number of third-party providers, including I.B.M., Microsoft and SAP.
The store, called AWS Marketplace, will use the Amazon Web Services billing and fulfillment system. Payments will be based on use, either by the hour or the month. At opening, the store has databases, software developer tools and business applications.
"There are so many software patents — hundreds of thousands, with 40,000 new ones each year — covering so many inane operations, that entrepreneurs can’t reasonably avoid infringing. The system meant to foster and encourage innovation is now working against that very goal."
#This American Life