Amazon releases staggering storage figures

Market leader adds 1 billion storage objects per day

Just how big is Amazon Web Service's (S3) Simple Storage Service? Well, it holds 905 billion objects, and it's growing by a billion per day, the company says.

In a blog post, the company outlines the rapid growth of S3.

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In the fourth quarter of 2006, S3 held 2.9 billion objects. By 2008 it was up to 340 billion, and by 2010 it had 262 billion. Last year, it grew to 762 billion objects, and today's announcement pegs it at 905 billion. Even that number is set to increase rapidly into the future, if objects continue to be stored at the 1 billion per day rate.

AWS says it handled 650,000 requests per second for the objects, a figure that increases "substantially" during peak times.

An object refers to any type of data that is stored in AWS's S3 system. On the company's FAQ page, it notes that "virtually any kind of data in any format" can be stored on S3, with individual objects ranging in size from 1 byte to 5 terabytes. The total volume of data that can be stored on the system is unlimited, so long as customers pay for it. Estimated costs for S3 can be calculated here.

Network World staff writer Brandon Butler covers cloud computing and social media. He can be reached at and found on Twitter at @BButlerNWW.

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