Late last week the number of objects stored in Amazon S3 reached one trillion (1,000,000,000,000 or 1012). That's 142 objects for every person on Planet Earth or 3.3 objects for every star in our Galaxy. If you could count one object per second it would take you 31,710 years to count them all.
We knew this day was coming! Lately, we've seen the object count grow by up to 3.5 billion objects in a single day (that's over 40,000 new objects per second).
Our customers have taken advantage of S3's relatively new object expiration feature and have used it to delete over 125 billion objects since we released it at the end of last year. In other words, even though we've made it easier to delete objects, the overall object count has continued to grow at a very rapid clip.
Sunil Kumar of OpsLine, formerly of Animoto, told us that “We really love the feature for deleting multiple objects, but the icing on the cake was the object expiration feature. It’s amazing how S3 keeps thinking up and launching features that make our lives even easier.”
On behalf of the Amazon S3 team, I'd like to thank you for all of the amazing ways that you've found to put S3 to use. We really enjoy hearing and reading about your applications.