Here’s a mind-blowing stat about Amazon’s cloud.Its storage cloud, Amazon S3, is now storing 1 trillion objects, writes Amazon’s Jeff Barr on the AWS blog.
That’s 1,000,000,000,000 files, images or other bits of data and that’s equivalent to:
- 42 objects for every person on Earth
- 3.3 objects for every star in our Galaxy
- If you were counting them all, at a rate of one per second, it would take you 31,710 years.
But the rate of growth of this cloud is just as crazy.
It took a couple of years for S3 users to put about three quarters of a trillion objects in S3 — that’s how big it was by the end of 2011.
Since then users have hit as much as 3.5 billion objects in a single day, Barr writes, or more than 40,000 new objects per second.
What’s particularly brilliant about Amazon’s cloud is that this is a side business for Amazon. Amazon Web Services (AWS) cloud is its own IT infrastructure. By building it out and hosting other people’s stuff, Amazon pays for its own IT and generates a tidy stream of income.
Amazon booked somewhere over the billion mark on AWS in its last fiscal year: $1.4 billion It doesn’t break out the revenues of its AWS business — it’s included in an “other” category for all non-retail income with AWS revenues being most of it.
But the lesson Amazon teaches any enterprise is that as your company develops its own IT (maybe a custom app, or a hack to an open source project), that expertise itself can be put in the cloud and sold to others.