Ode to ‘Locate My Computer’

By | February 22nd, 2018

Description: Locate My Computer is a service that is provided to every Backblaze cloud backup customer for free. The service has a long history of helping users not only recover their data but also their physical computer, sometimes with much bigger outcomes. Like the time it led to the discovery of $1 million in counterfeit money.

Backblaze and GDPR

By | February 15th, 2018

Over the next few months the noise over GDPR will finally reach a crescendo. For the uninitiated, “GDPR” stands for “General Data Protection Regulation” and it goes into effect on May 25th of this year. GDPR is designed to protect how personal information of EU (European Union) citizens is collected, stored, and shared. The regulation….

Early Challenges: Making Critical Hires

By | February 13th, 2018

Hiring success shouldn’t be defined by finding and hiring the right person, but instead by the right person being successful and happy within the organization. Let’s look at who you need to hire, when to hire them, where to find them (and how to help them find you), and how to get them to join your company.

Server vs Endpoint Backup — Which is Best?

By | February 9th, 2018

Both file server and endpoint backup have their places in an organization’s data security plan, but their use and value differ. If you already are using file server backup, adding endpoint backup will make a valuable contribution to your organization by reducing workload, improving productivity, and increasing confidence that all critical files are backed up.

All-In on Unlimited Backup

By | February 6th, 2018

The cloud backup industry has seen its share of tumultuousness. BitCasa, Dell DataSafe, Xdrive, and a dozen others have closed up shop. Mozy, Amazon, and Microsoft offered, but later canceled, their unlimited offerings. Recently, CrashPlan for Home customers were notified that their service was being end-of-lifed. Then today we’ve heard that Carbonite is raising its backup prices.

500 Petabytes and Counting

By | February 5th, 2018

It seems like only yesterday that we crossed the 350 petabyte mark. It was actually June 2017, but boy have we been growing since. In October 2017 we crossed 400 petabytes. Today, we’re proud to announce we’ve crossed the 500 petabyte mark. That’s a very healthy clip, see for yourself! Whether you have 50 GB,….

Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2017

By | February 1st, 2018

Starting in 2013, Backblaze has recorded and saved daily statistics from all the hard drives in our data centers. As of the end of 2017, we had 93,240 spinning hard drives and 88 million statistical records totaling 23 GB of data. Here is the summary of our findings for 2017 based on that data.