Amazon S3 to exceed one trillion stored objects ‘within months’
Amazon Web Services (AWS), the cloud services unit of the worldwide online retailer, has launched AWS Marketplace , a web store where clients can find, buy and deploy software that runs on AWS.
The Marketplace features software from vendors including Computer Associates; Canonical, the producer of Ubuntu Linux; Couchbase, the corporate behind the open source NoSQL database; security software vendor Check Point Software; IBM; Microsoft; SUSE; Red Hat; SAP and PHP software developer Zend – in addition to WordPress, Drupal and MediaWiki.
The launch was announced this week by Amazon chief technology officer Werner Vogels on the AWS Summit in Manhattan.
Vogels claims that there are actually several hundred thousand businesses the world over running applications, partly or wholly, using AWS. “Previously year and a half, we’ve seen tremendous growth in enterprise using AWS, and that is in all types of industries,” said Vogels.
Furthermore, it has enjoyed almost exponential increases in popularity and usage. As an example, Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3), a web storage web service, can boast just over 900 billion stored objects within the first quarter – a nine-fold increase from the 102 billion claimed by Amazon in March 2010 – and should break throughout the a trillion mark before the tip of the second one quarter. At peak periods, it’s far handling some 650,000 requests for objects, in step with Vogels.
In March, Amazon cut AWS prices by as much as 40%. That followed complaints from heavy users that the pay-per-use model might be expensive as usage mounted up. The flexibility for patrons to easily ‘walk away’, though, should be central to the brand new model of cloud computing, said Vogel – in preference to the common software vendors’ model of attempting to lock customers in and charging accordingly.
“You, the buyer of those services, need to be in full control. It is core to our philosophy. And with that still comes the realization that in the event you help us gain economies of scale, and if we together operate to get increased efficiencies out of our platform, that you have to take advantage of that,” said Vogels.
Vogels joined Amazon in September 2004 as director of systems research after ten years as a research scientist within the Computer Science Department of Cornell University, mainly conducting research into scalable enterprise systems. He was named chief technology officer in January 2005 and vice chairman, worldwide architecture in March 2005.