Amazon Web Services hosts more than 762 billion objects in S3

The total number of objects stored on Amazon Web Services nearly tripled between 2010 and 2011.

Amazon Web Services looks like it could be bursting at the seams based on some new figures. The cloud space has grew to hold approximately 762 billion objects in Amazon S3.

For reference, Amazon S3 is a "simple storage service," a scalable cloud computing platform for developers for dealing with objects measuring between 1 byte to 5 terabytes in size.

By comparison, AWS hosted 262 billion objects by the end of 2010. Thus, AWS saw a surge of volume by 192 percent year-over-year, and S3 grew faster in 2011 than it did in any year since AWS launched in 2006.

The growth rate is really more mind boggling when you see it depicted in the graph below:

With such an astronomical increase in cloud consumption, one might ask how this happened so quickly all of a sudden.

Certainly, interest and more trust in cloud computing did grow significantly as the trend caught more attention from everyone in companies ranging from the enterprise level to small businesses.

The official Amazon Web Services blog aimed to offer some reasons as well, although they're a bit more technical:

Although we definitely made it easier for you to delete objects using Multi-Object Deletion and Object Expiration, we also gave you plenty of ways to upload new objects using Multipart upload, AWS Direct Connect, and AWS Import/Export.

Along with this incredible growth in usage and data volume, Amazon plugged that it's going to need some extra hands to deal with the workload. Thus, prospective engineers and product managers should look into this.

Graph via Amazon