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Summary:

Less than year after hitting the 1 trillion object mark, Amazon S3 is now storing more than 2 trillion objects. That’s a lot any way you slice it and highlights AWS’s role as an underpinning of today’s web.

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It took six years for Amazon Web Services’ Simple Storage Service, or S3, to grow to storing 1 trillion objects in June 2012. In a blog post on Thursday, however — less than a year later — the company announced the service is now housing more than 2 trillion objects.

I’m not certain what this exponential growth means. It probably means a lot of people are using Amazon Web Services. It probably means they’re building a lot of next-generation applications storing a whole lot of photos and other things (I’m thinking of PinterestInstagram, Dropbox, you name it). It probably also means big data is for real in the cloud, as Amazon S3 is the default storage system for AWS’s Elastic MapReduce Hadoop service.

Whatever it means, though, 2 trillion is a lot of anything and probably means Jeff Bezos was right to spend so much time talking AWS in discussing the company’s annual report. At an estimated $2 billion or so in revenue and storing probably a not insignificant amount of data for so many fast-growing web services, AWS looks to be around for the long haul.

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  1. Anthony Ortenzi Thursday, April 18, 2013

    If you fixed the X-axis, the graph would be far more accurate. You have the same distance representing a year, 6-9 months, and 5 months. I expect more from GigaOm.

  2. Timothy Weaver Thursday, April 18, 2013

    The Summary has a typo. It says 2 million instead of 2 trillion.

    1. Wow, thanks for catching that.

  3. Congratulations. Now they finally reach half the size of Azure Storage.

    1. What’s the basis of this statement, Larry? Can you link to something that talks about how big Azure storage is?

  4. Here’s a better versions of the same graph made with Plotly (https://plot.ly/)
    https://plot.ly/~jackp/478/

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