One Trillion Objects Now On Amazon S3


Amazon cloud storage service passed milestone last week

Amazon has announced that there are now more than one trillion objects stored on the Amazon Simple Storage Service (Amazon S3).

According to Jeff Barr, senior Amazon Web Services (AWS) evangelist, the milestone was reached last week.

To put it into perspective, that’s 142 objects for every person on planet Earth or 3.3 for every star in the galaxy and it would take a person 31,710 years to count them all at the rate of one per seconds.

A lot of zeroes

“We knew this day was coming! Lately, we’ve seen the object count grow by up to 3.5 billion objects in a single day (that’s over 40,000 new objects per second),” said Barr in a blog post. “On behalf of the Amazon S3 team, I’d like to thank you for all of the amazing ways that you’ve found to put S3 to use. We really enjoy hearing and reading about your applications.”

Barr said that the achievement was even more impressive given that AWS customers were taking advantage of S3’s new object expiration feature, which has been used to delete more than 125 billion objects since it was introduced at the end of last year.

“We really love the feature for deleting multiple objects, but the icing on the cake was the object expiration feature,” explained Sunil Kumar of OpsLine. “It’s amazing how S3 keeps thinking up and launching features that make our lives even easier.”

AWS reduced the prices of Amazon S3 earlier this year, after saying it wanted to pass on savings to its customers. Amazon S3 grew faster in 2011 than in any year since it launched in 2006 and last month an AWS marketplace for developers to sell their products on the cloud computing platform was launched.

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