Ransomware Visits Backblaze

By | March 11th, 2016

“Elli” from our accounting department was trying to go home. Traffic was starting to build and a 45-minute trip home would become a 90-minute trip shortly. Her Windows 10 PC chimed: she had an email. “Last one,” she uttered as she quickly opened the message. It appeared to be a voicemail file from a caller….

Backblaze Release 4.0.5

By | March 10th, 2016

We’ve updated our Backblaze Personal Backblaze and Backblaze Business Backup clients to Version 4.0.5. This is a minor release. Windows: Updated the Command Line install/uninstall capability by adding a silent uninstall option. Note: Command Line install/uninstall is primarily used by Backblaze Business Backup customers. Fixed an isolated data upload bug that could cause large files….

Hard Drive Reliability Review for 2015

By | February 16th, 2016

By the end of 2015, the Backblaze datacenter had 56,224 spinning hard drives containing customer data. These hard drives reside in 1,249 Backblaze Storage Pods. By comparison 2015 began with 39,690 drives running in 882 Storage Pods. We added 65 Petabytes of storage in 2015 give or take a Petabyte or two. Not only was….

Latest Adobe Creative Cloud Update Breaks Backblaze

By | February 12th, 2016

Adobe Systems recently pushed an update to their Adobe Suite of products and services. On the Mac platform, updating one of these services, Adobe Creative Cloud (version:, will disable Backblaze from backing up your primary computer drive. This occurs once you have updated to the latest version of Adobe Creative Cloud. This does not….

Storage Pod 5.0 Hack: One Power Supply

By | January 21st, 2016

In November we introduced and open sourced the design to Storage Pod 5.0. Extensively redesigned using our Agile hardware design process, Storage Pod 5.0 was the least expensive storage solution we’ve ever designed, until now. With one simple hack, you can now have 180TB of storage for about a $0.05 a gigabyte if you build….

A Fast Finish and a Visionary Start

By | January 6th, 2016

Backblaze finished 2015 by being one of 500 fastest growing technology companies in North America, and we’ve started 2016 by being selected as a visionary that delivers innovative storage solutions. A good finish to 2015 and a great start to 2016. Finishing Fast in 2015 For the last 21 years, Deloitte has compiled and published….

Top 5 Blog Posts of 2015

By | December 28th, 2015

In 2015 over 2 million people visited the Backblaze blog. Thank you. Of the 94 blog posts we published in 2015 the following were the 5 most popular. As you take stock of 2015 and plan for 2016 we invite you to enjoy these posts and subscribe to our blog to receive even more great….

B2, or not B2, that is the question

By | December 22nd, 2015

Since we announced B2 Cloud Storage, many of our existing online backup customers have joined the B2 Beta program and started working with B2. That’s great, but we also know that many more of our customers are still on the sidelines trying to decide if B2 is right for them. Their dilemma: B2, or not….