Amazon S3: 905 billion objects stored and counting

Summary:The Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) has more than tripled in the last two years to 905 billion objects stored.

Amazon Web Services has some released some latest statistics about its Simple Storage Service (a.k.a. Amazon S3), and the results are quite staggering, to say the least.

During the first quarter of 2012, at least 905 billion objects were stored in the cloud-based service, handling an average of 650,000 requests per second.

In fact, Amazon S3 sometimes handles more as AWS lead evangelist Jeff Barr pointed out on the Amazon Web Services blog that there are occasional peaks beyond that rate.

Taking a look at the chart below, you'll notice that Amazon S3 has more than tripled in the last two years since the 262 billion objects stored by the end of the fourth quarter of 2010.

Those billions of objects are being uploaded to Amazon S3 through a variety of mediums, including S3 APIs, AWS Import/Export, the AWS Storage Gateway, and through Direct Connect pipes.

Image via Amazon Web Services


Topics: Enterprise Software, Amazon, Cloud, Networking


Rachel King is a staff writer for CBS Interactive based in San Francisco, covering business and enterprise technology for ZDNet, CNET and SmartPlanet. She has previously worked for The Business Insider,, CNN's San Francisco bureau and the U.S. Department of State. Rachel has also written for, Irish Americ... Full Bio

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