200 Petabytes of Customer Data and Counting

By | December 9th, 2015

200 Petabytes
Backblaze now stores over 200 Petabytes of customer data on our Storage Pods. Actually, we crossed that line a few weeks ago but we were busy with our B2 Beta thing and so here we are, a little late – 200 Petabytes of customer data. Yes, 200 Petabytes is a big number – a 2 followed by 17 zeros with 5 commas thrown in. If you’re into Common Core math then you’ll place a 2 in the hundred quadrillions place.

You might ask what’s the big deal? Surely Google, Facebook, Amazon, Microsoft, and others must have more data. Certainly they do, but how much? Search for “how much data does google store” on Google and you’ll get a lot of guesses, articles, which say something like “Google has a lot of data, but they won’t say how much,” or “Back in 2006 Google had this much, so maybe now they have this much.” One article in What-If calculated the amount of Google data to be about 15 Exabytes. This was done in the context of trying to determine what would happen if the data in Google’s datacenters was in fact stored on punch cards – Spoiler Alert, Boston gets crushed.

The folks at the Tech Expectations blog have bravely tried to answer the “How much data does ‘x’ store?” question, but even they couldn’t locate a decent number for Amazon S3, Microsoft OneDrive, or Google Drive.

With that said what we do know is that Backblaze has a little over 200 Petabytes customer data. The data currently resides on 54,675 hard drives as follows:

customer_data_distribution

The data is stored on 1,215 Storage Pods (servers) arranged either as stand-alone servers or as part of a Backblaze Vault, with each Storage Pod averaging 169.88 Terabytes of data.

What’s Next?

What’s next is more customer data. For an idea of what we expect let’s look at how our data storage has grown over the last few years:
200-petabytes-stored
Projecting forward we should have 250 Petabytes of customer data in early Q3 2016 and 300 Petabytes by late 2016. But wait, as Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage comes online, that will certainly add a Petabyte or two or a hundred to our 2016 numbers. It is going to be a fun year. In the mean time we’ll keep hiring data center techs, network administrators and so on. Let us know if you’re interested, we’ll need the help.

Andy Klein

Andy Klein

Director of Product Marketing at Backblaze
Andy has 20+ years experience in technology marketing. He has shared his expertise in computer security and data backup at the Federal Trade Commission, Rootstech, RSA and over 100 other events. His current passion is to get everyone to back up their data before it's too late.
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