Tuesday, April 17, 2007

Amazon: Compute in the Cloud

Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3) and Elastic Compute Cloud (EC2) appear to be getting traction. The whole idea is to provide easy to use computing and storage "in the cloud." S3 recently had a peak day with 921 million requests, says Jeff Bezos, CEO of Amazon. At the peak second for the service, there were 16,600 requests. A year ago Amazon had 800,000 "objects" on the service. Now there are over five billion. S3 and EC2 are just a couple of reasons why the pace of Web application development has gotten so blistering.

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