Amazon claims one trillion in Simple Storage Service

By Jack McCarthy, on Jun 14, 2012 7:41 AM
Filed under Data centre

'142 objects for every human'.

The rapid growth of Amazon Simple Storage Service continues, with the AS3 yesterday announcing the number of stored objects in the service had reached one trillion.

Amazon’s Jeff Barr described that landmark number in vivid terms on the Amazon Web Services blog.

“That's 142 objects for every person on Planet Earth or 3.3 objects for every star in our Galaxy,” Barr wrote. “If you could count one object per second it would take you 31,710 years to count them all.”

The company said it has made deleting files easier with its Object Expiration feature, which helps remove objects after a pre-defined time period and which has deleted more than 125 billion objects since its release at the end of 2011.

“In other words, even though we've made it easier to delete objects, the overall object count has continued to grow at a very rapid clip,” Barr wrote.

Amazon S3 ended 2011 with more than 762 billion objects stored, showing year-over-year growth of 192 percent.

In February, Amazon cut storage prices by as much as 13.5 percent and said more cuts were coming later this year.

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