Usually Red Backblaze Going Green

3 electric cars charging.

It’s Earth Day! While Backblaze tends to make everything red (like our storage pods), we do have a bit of a green streak in us as well. Over the last few years Backblaze employees have amassed quite an assortment of electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles. All told, 25% of the employees in our San Mateo….

SMART 22 is a Gas, Gas, Gas

Backblaze Helium Pod

We recently filled a Backblaze Storage Pod with 45 HGST Ultrastar® He8 hard drives. For the uninitiated, these are 8TB drives filled with Helium. The Helium, so says the literature, allows the drives to run cooler and quieter, and reduces power consumption. When we wire up a new hard drive model into our infrastructure, one….

CSI: Backblaze – Dissecting 3TB Drive Failure

Backblaze Blog: Dissecting 3TB Hard Drive Failure

Beginning in January 2012, Backblaze deployed 4,829 Seagate 3TB hard drives, model ST3000DM001, into Backblaze Storage Pods. In our experience, 80% of the hard drives we deploy will function at least 4 years. As of March 31, 2015, just 10% of the Seagate 3TB drives deployed in 2012 are still in service. This is the….

There’s No B in Ryan


A new addition joins the Backblaze ranks! This time went ahead and hired a Ryan, which is different than the typical Brian or Bryan that we’ve hired in the past. It’s good to diversify! Ryan is joining our support team as a Junior Support Tech. He’s jazzed about joining the support squad and from what….

The 3-2-1 Backup Strategy

3-2-1 Backup Strategy

In a recent Backblaze survey, 54% of people said they either know someone, or have themselves recently lost data. Most of those surveyed were individuals. If you consider how many businesses have hardware that gets lost or stolen each year as well, the total amount of hardware lost each year is staggering. Additionally, the study….

Backblaze 2 – The Search for More Revenue


After we released Backblaze Online Backup 4.0, people starting uploading data crazy quickly! 1TB backed up per day? That’s not bad! Once that happened we realized that we needed to buy a bunch more Backblaze Vaults to store all that data. The question we had to ask ourselves was: “How do we maintain our $5/month….

Scary Monsters for World Backup Day 2015

World Backup Day, the day everyone with a computer should make sure it is being backed up. Sounds great doesn’t it? The truth is we all know someone who isn’t backed up – a friend, relative, or spouse. They just refuse to back up their computer. Oh, you’ve tried. You’ve explained how easy it can….

The Complete Guide to Computer Backup


“How do I backup my computer?” That should be an easy question to answer, but if you’ve spent any time at all searching online you know that a simple query produces a myriad of results that are often confusing, incomplete, and in the end are not very helpful. What would be great is a single….