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Amazon Says S3, Cloud Services On the Rise

Amazon says its storage and computing services are gaining enterprise traction

Amazon Web Services (AWS) LLC, the affiliate of the online retailer, claims to be adding thousands of takers to its Web-based computing services monthly, among them a growing roster of business enterprises.

"We have 330,000 regular developers. We are adding about 25,000 to 30,000 per quarter," says Adam Selipsky, VP of product management and developer relations for AWS.

Though small businesses and startups made up the initial adopters of Amazon's AWS offerings, which debuted with the introduction of the Amazon Simple Storage Service (S3) in March 2006, Selipsky says times have changed. Sandisk, Nasdaq, The New York Times, and RedHat are typical partners these days.

Selipsky refuses to give out specific numbers of enterprise customers, or to say how Amazon's infrastructure services are doing individually. He does boast, though, that S3 now hosts over 14 billion objects from a range of customers, compared with over 5 billion at this time last year.

Apparently, no one was put off by S3's high-profile outage last month.

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