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A trillion here and a trillion there; pretty soon you're talking about real storage. In a classic peeing-up-the-wall contest Microsoft has said it pees four times higher than Amazon. Actually there are 4.03 trillion objects stored in its Azure Storage cloud compared to 905 billion in Amazon's Simple Storage Service (S3). Brad …

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Smells decidedly fishy

What counts as an object and what services are using which, er, services?

I.e. is Azure underpinning Skydrive and Office 365?

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Re: Smells decidedly fishy

Of course it "smells decidely fishy" - it's a Microsoft announcement and Microsoft can do NOTHING right on the Register forums can they?

EVER.

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Re: Microsoft can do NOTHING right

Well if they don't define what an object is then claiming that they have more of them really doesn't amount to a hill of beans.

In other news: I have 5 trillion objects in a piece of snot stuck up my nose. Beat that!

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Re: Microsoft can do NOTHING right

In reading the original post from Microsoft they do define what an object is in that post.

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Meh

But do you trust these numbers?

...just saying.

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Re: But do you trust these numbers?

Whose? Those from Amazon or Microsoft? They're both massive corporations.

But yes, the numbers are probably accurate. Now tell me, do you trust the word 'object'?

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Choice of metric

Why is this an interesting metric at all?

Live objects per day/week/month is the interesting metric to gauge the real use, and profit (since people using Azure as a backup serivce at least pay)

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Object, schmobjects

How many of these objects are in fact components of the Windows OS infested with unique combinations of shitware contracted from the Internet?

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Re: Object, schmobjects

AC has a good point here. After all, a windows installation takes up 10 times as much disk space as MacOS but does that make it 10 times better or just 10 times more inefficient?

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Re: Object, schmobjects

Perhaps I'm hopelessly out of date but I don't think MacOS has anything to do with anything here.

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Re: Object, schmobjects

Readjusted for bloat-ware and the fact that Microsoft users never seem to learn (despite every reason to find out) about back-ups.

How about a Thatcher cheesy grin with a face palm icon on it then?

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Whos trillion is it? Is it like one of Microsoft MegaBytes or GigaBytes it quotes storage in?

and come to think of it is it Good Solid British Billion or one of those piddly little American ones?

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Like climate denialists

Love it around here - it's simply not possible that the figures might be fine - but that it must be some sort of insane black helicopter conspiracy to make Microsoft look good.

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Windows platform

Requires more crap to go with it. Thus: more objects. So, as mentioned before, all the Windows services being run on it, maybe they have rubbish de-duping.. a better metric might be customers per object? External customers.

How about "how much money these services make"?.

I thought Azure got rebranded anyway?

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WTF?

WTF is Azure?

Yes I am a user.

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Hmmmm

If my employer was to switch to Azure from local storage we would have many millions of letters etc to upload.

By law we have to keep all data, letters etc that could be required to be look at for a period of 15 years, hell we still have the old Vax machines and tapes stored just in case their needed.

Imagine that could be one way of measuring "objects" rather than live data. I can believe Amazon is almost all live data whilst there is a lot of archive on azure along with the rest.

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How did that happen! Were their loads of Microsoft shops desperate for cloud services but refusing to go near an ssh session? They waited 3-4 years until Microsoft made a nice interface in .net for it? Jeez it shows how many sectors are still utterly dependant on XP.

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Virtual machines?

Amazon stores the EC2 virtual machine volume snapshots (but not the volumes themselves, EBS is separate) in S3 behind the scenes, but each is a single large file. If the virtual machines stored either the actual files, or used smaller chunks, that could easily balloon the count enormously. (100k virtual machines, 10 snapshots of each, 1m files - bang, that's a quarter of the 4 trillion straight away!)

Or of course if they're using it to hold the mail and other data for Office 365/Live@Edu, that would account for a huge chunk. Tens of millions of students/staff each with tens of thousands of messages in their mailstore - easy to hit another trillion that way.

Nice to see a bit of competition for Amazon, anyway: I like - and use - S3 myself, but good to know they're not the only big player in the market.

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