Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2016

Backblaze has recorded and saved daily hard drive statistics from the drives in our data centers since April 2013. At the end of 2016 we had 73,653 spinning hard drives. Of that number, there were 1,553 boot drives and 72,100 data drives. This post looks at the hard drive statistics of the data drives we….


Introducing Backblaze B2 Lifecycle Rules

Lifecycle Rules enable the B2 service to automatically hide and/or delete older versions of files stored in B2. This capability is available for the Web GUI, CLI, and API. Lifecycle Rules are applied to some or all of the files in a B2 Bucket with each Bucket having its own Lifecycle Rules. Let’s take a….


Backblaze 2016 Year in Review

It is hard to believe that 2016 is nearly over. It has been a busy year as Backblaze continued to grow. We have 30% more employees, 30% more hard drives, and 45% more data than this time last year. Here are a few of our highlights from 2016. 20 Billion Files Restored. There are many….


Release 4.3.0 – The Rollover Release

The current version of the Backblaze Personal Backup and Backblaze Business Backup applications is being updated to 4.3.0.1 on the PC and 4.3.0.2 on the Mac. The list of fixes, changes, and updates is as follows: Update the version number to 4.3.0. Roll the build number back to start at 1. End of list. If….


Hard Drive Stats for Q3 2016: Less is More

In our last report for Q2 2016, we counted 68,813 spinning hard drives in operation. For Q3 2016 we have 67,642 drives, or 1,171 fewer hard drives. Stop, put down that Twitter account, Backblaze is not shrinking. In fact, we’re growing very nicely and are approaching 300 petabytes of data under our management. We have….


What SMART Stats Tell Us About Hard Drives

What if a hard drive could tell you it was going to fail before it actually did? Is that possible? Each day Backblaze records the SMART stats that are reported by the 67,814 hard drives we have spinning in our Sacramento data center. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology and is a monitoring….


How Heavy is the Backblaze Cloud?

Backblaze Cloud

The question “How heavy is the Backblaze Cloud?” came up in a marketing meeting one Monday afternoon. “One million pounds,” someone guessed, “A hundred thousand pounds,” someone else said trying to sound sure. The truth is we had no idea. “Well, how much does a real cloud weigh?” someone else asked, and at that point….


Managing the Backup of Multiple Windows Servers

In a recent post we looked at how you could use Backblaze B2 in concert with CloudBerry to backup your Windows Server data to the Backblaze cloud.  In the process, you could save up to 75% over similar solutions by using the B2/CloudBerry combination.  But, what if you needed to backup 5 Windows Servers, or….