A Day in the Life of a Data Center

By | March 28th, 2017

A data center is part of the “cloud”; as in cloud backup, cloud storage, cloud computing, and so on. It is often where your data goes or goes through, once it leaves your home, office, mobile phone, tablet, etc. While many of you have never been inside a data center, chances are you’ve seen one. Cleverly disguised to fit in, data centers are often nondescript buildings with few if any windows and little if any signage. They can be easy to miss. There are exceptions of course, but most data centers are happy to go completely unnoticed.

We’re going to take a look at a typical day in the life of a data center.

The Economics of Hybrid Cloud Storage

By | February 28th, 2017

“Hybrid Cloud” has jumped into the IT vernacular over the last few years. Hybrid Cloud solutions intelligently divide processing and data storage between on-premise and off-premise resources to maximize efficiency. Businesses seamlessly extend their data processing and data storage capabilities to the cloud enabling them to manage unusual or fluctuating demands for services. More recently….

Backblaze Hard Drive Stats for 2016

By | January 31st, 2017

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

By | January 10th, 2017

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

By | December 22nd, 2016

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

By | December 15th, 2016

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

By | November 15th, 2016

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….