10 petabytes – visualized

January 5th, 2011

As we approached the end of 2010, our vp of engineering sent an email:

Backblaze crossed the 10 petabyte mark in data storage for our customers.

While l see us constantly adding storage for our online backup service, it was one of those moments that made me think, “Wow, that’s a lot of storage.” Ten petabytes is roughly double the entire archive of the Internet.

We tried to visualize what 10 petabytes of storage looks like. Here are three takes on it:

#1: 10 Petabytes in Backblaze Storage Pods
#2: 10 Petabytes in Pixels by Drive Size Used
#3: 10 Petabytes of Drives Stacked Vertically (my favorite)

How would you visualize ten petabytes of storage?

Gleb Budman
Co-founder and CEO of Backblaze. Founded three prior companies. He has been a speaker at GigaOm Structure, Ignite: Lean Startup, FailCon, CloudCon; profiled by Inc. and Forbes; a mentor for Teens in Tech; and holds 5 patents on security.

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