If there’s one mind-blowing statistic about Amazon Web Services, it’s the company’s scale.
The cloud is a nascent technology, but AWS is already a multi-billion-dollar business and its cloud is reportedly five times bigger than its 14 top competitors combined, according to Gartner. Amazon’s Simple Storage Service (S3) stores more than a trillion files and processes 1.5 million requests per second. DynamoDB, the AWS-designed NoSQL database, is less than a year old and last month it already had more than 2 trillion input or output requests.
Supplying all those services at that scale requires a lot of hardware. The cloud division is growing fast though, which means that AWS is continually adding more hardware to its data centers.