Amazon storing more than 449B objects in S3

Amazon Web Services (s amzn) announced on Tuesday afternoon that its Simple Storage Service (S3) now houses more than 449 billion objects. The rapid pace of S3’s growth is a microcosm of both AWS’ overall business as well as cloud computing in general.

At Structure 2011 last month, Amazon CTO Werner Vogels told the crowd that S3 was storing 339 billion objects. At this same time last year, the service was only storing 262 billion objects. One might also draw a parallel to the ever-growing cloud revenues at Rackspace, (s rax) the incredible amount of computing capacity AWS adds every day or the mass proliferation of new Software-as-a-Service offerings.

Long story short: cloud-computing usage is growing overall — at about 100 percent a year in the case of S3 — and AWS looks to be steering the ship for the time being.