Amazon S3 on Way to Storing 1 Trillion Objects by 2012

By Chris Preimesberger  |  Posted 2011-02-22 Print this article Print

Amazon is projected to store some 668 billion objects by the end of this year and way more than 1 trillion (1.72T) by the end of 2012.

Being an early mover on a particular technology or service doesn't always mean that a company will jump out in front of the crowd and stay there, but in the case of Amazon's online storage business, it certainly did.

Amazon debuted its Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service), its first publicly available Web service, in March 2006 and in Europe a year and a half later. By the end of 2006, or within nine months of its launch, S3 was storing 2.9 billion objects.

The number of stored objects has been growing at 155 percent to 185 percent each year since-to 14 billion by Q4 2007, 40 billion by Q4 2008, 102 billion by 2009, and 262 billion by 2010.

Amazon is now projected to store some 668 billion objects by the end of this year and way more than 1 trillion (1.72T) by the end of 2012, according to new statistics published by the Amazon Web Services department.

There's no question among analysts, trade journalists who cover the sector regularly and market researchers that Amazon S3 currently is the top-of-mind Web-storage service in the world, with all others being compared to it.

That being said, there is no shortage of need to store the exploding amount of data being created around the world by everybody with a connected device, be it a PC, a camera, a handheld device or something else.

Competing service providers that include Box, Dropbox, Carbonite, CommVault, Asigra, EMC Mozy, Iron Mountain Digital, i365, SugarSync, Backblaze, iDrive, LiveDrive and a number of others are smaller, but virtually all of them are also growing at healthy rates.


Chris Preimesberger Chris Preimesberger was named Editor-in-Chief of Features & Analysis at eWEEK in November 2011. Previously he served eWEEK as Senior Writer, covering a range of IT sectors that include data center systems, cloud computing, storage, virtualization, green IT, e-discovery and IT governance. His blog, Storage Station, is considered a go-to information source. Chris won a national Folio Award for magazine writing in November 2011 for a cover story on and CEO-founder Marc Benioff, and he has served as a judge for the SIIA Codie Awards since 2005. In previous IT journalism, Chris was a founding editor of both IT Manager's Journal and and was managing editor of Software Development magazine. His diverse resume also includes: sportswriter for the Los Angeles Daily News, covering NCAA and NBA basketball, television critic for the Palo Alto Times Tribune, and Sports Information Director at Stanford University. He has served as a correspondent for The Associated Press, covering Stanford and NCAA tournament basketball, since 1983. He has covered a number of major events, including the 1984 Democratic National Convention, a Presidential press conference at the White House in 1993, the Emmy Awards (three times), two Rose Bowls, the Fiesta Bowl, several NCAA men's and women's basketball tournaments, a Formula One Grand Prix auto race, a heavyweight boxing championship bout (Ali vs. Spinks, 1978), and the 1985 Super Bowl. A 1975 graduate of Pepperdine University in Malibu, Calif., Chris has won more than a dozen regional and national awards for his work. He and his wife, Rebecca, have four children and reside in Redwood City, Calif.Follow on Twitter: editingwhiz

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