An Alibaba Cloud Marketplace image is equivalent to the installation disk for an Elastic Compute Service (ECS) instance. A Marketplace image allows you to quickly obtain a running environment for ECS instances and any pre-installed software applications. Such an image can be used for site deployment, application development, and visualized management. Marketplace images effectively allow ECS instances to be used out-of-the-box, helping to reduce costs.
Select a Marketplace image when creating an instance
We recommend that you use a Marketplace image if you are new to working with ECS instances. To deploy a Marketplace image, follow these steps:
Purchase an image from Alibaba Cloud Marketplace and create an instance
Change the operating system by using the Marketplace image
If you have purchased ECS instances, use an image to deploy the running environment or install software applications as follows:
- Log on to the ECS console.
- Stop the target instance.
- On the Replace System Disk page, select Marketplace Image in the Image Type setting. For more information, see replace the system disk (non-public image).