Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) plays host to some of the most important services we use today. Dropbox, Ubuntu and popular game Minecraft all make use of Amazon’s web service to serve and host files at a cost that can be significantly lower than deploying a company’s own servers.
Focusing solely on Dropbox, an infinitely useful web-based file hosting service that has 4 million users, Amazon’s S3 service facilitates the download and upload of millions of individual files – which is a small drop in the ocean when compared to the 262 billion other objects stored on the US retailers’ server infrastructure.
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Posting to the Amazon Web Services Blog Jeff Barr, Senior Manager of Cloud Computing Solutions at Amazon details just how quickly Amazon’s S3 service continues to grow. In just one year, Amazon S3 added 160 billion objects to its Cloud servers, more than doubling in size in that period.
The service shows no sign of slowing its growth either, Barr noting that Amazon’s peak request rate for its S3 service is now above 200,000 requests a second.
Put simply, Amazon is transmitting and receiving a staggering amount of data – and it still guarantees 99.9% uptime.