Jeff Barr from Amazon Web Service reports that Amazon S3 (Simple Storage Service) is now storing more than 29 billion, an increase of 7 billion from the previous quarter. “As one of the S3 engineers told me last week, that’s over 4 objects for every person now on Earth,” Jeff writes 
. At peak usage, S3 is handling more than 70,000 requests per second.
So what’s next? Amazon is lowering prices on S3 storage, with a new four-tier pricing plan that takes effect on Nov. 1. Customers storing more than 500 terabytes will get a rate of 12 cents per gigabyte.
When Amazon S3 was launched in March 2006 
, we wondered whether it would be a disruptive force or non-event. “It’s too early to say whether S3 (and the similar services that will certainly follow) is the start of something big or an experiment,” I wrote at the time. With 29 billion storage objects, it’s definitely something big.
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