Amazon doubles objects on its cloud over 9 months

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BANGALORE, INDIA: Amazon has revealed that its Amazon Web Services (AWS) Simple Storage Service (S3) cloud storage platform now hosts over 560 billion objects and process up to 370,000 S3 requests per second.


AWS S3 added 304 objects in the past nine months and also doubled its base from 262 billion, in the fourth quarter of 2010, to 566 billion, in the third quarter of 2011. Not just that, it saw about 117 new objects being added to its cloud in a span of just three months, from July 2011 when it had 449 billion objects.

"We've doubled the object count in just nine months (the other data points are from Q4). As of the end of the third quarter of 2011, there are 566 billion (566,000,000,000) objects in S3," reads Amazon Evangelist Jeff Barr's blogpost on Amazon Web Services Blog.

Jeff notes that many of these objects are 'PUT requests, representing new data that is flowing in to S3'.


The S3 storage service had a steady growth since its launch in 2006.

The number of objects stored on AWS S3 cloud increased by over 100 per cent each year from the fourth quarter of 2006 to the fourth quarter of 2009 - from 2.9 billion in 2006, to 14 billion in 2007, to 40 billion in 2008 and to 102 billion in 2009.

"My math skills are a bit rusty but I definitely know exponential growth when I see it!," adds Jeff.

These stats are for sure an indication that cloud usage, not just Amazon's, is gaining acceptability and is slated to grow more in the coming days.