Backblaze 2 – The Search for More Revenue

By | April 1st, 2015

After we released Backblaze Online Backup 4.0, people starting uploading data crazy quickly!

That's not bad!1TB backed up per day? That’s not bad!

Once that happened we realized that we needed to buy a bunch more Backblaze Vaults to store all that data. The question we had to ask ourselves was: “How do we maintain our $5/month price for the Backblaze service while finding new ways of making money to so we can afford all those fancy Backblaze Vaults?”.

The answer came in the form of a parental magazine that someone had laying around in the office. It turns out, new parents are always looking for DIY projects and ways to save money. We found our answer!

For the low low low price of around $100 + one empty Backblaze Storage Pod chassis (prices may vary) we’re able to produce a crib for you and your loved ones.

That’s right. Backblaze is entering the baby business!


What does it take to build a baby pod? Well, first off you need a pod, and lot of elbow grease:

You have to make sure that you get all of the stand-offs…off!

Beyond that, here’s a full parts list:

High Density Urethane Foam Panel
Storage Chassis Padding – 2 inches thick – 3×3 ft
High Density Urethane Foam Beam
Top edge padding – 2×2 inches sq – 3 feet long
High Density Urethane Foam Beam
Top edge padding – 2×2 inches sq – 2 feet long
Flannel Sheet
Color/Pattern of choice
Crib Cover
Color/Pattern of choice
Skirting Material
Color/Pattern of choice
Fleecing Material
Color/Pattern of choice
Hot Glue Gun
Sewing Thread
Color of choice
Sewing Machine

Assembly Instructions

OK, so if you have all of those, what do you do?

First, you’ll need to pad the storage pod (after you’ve cut out and buffed down all the pokey bits). Do this by hot-gluing the high-density foam in to all of the pod’s nooks and crannies. Once done, you’re ready for the sheets!

To make the baby bed sheets:

  1. You will need 1 piece of fabric cut to size, that is a ½ inch longer on the sides and 2 ½ inches longer on the top than the bed measurement.
  2. Lay the fabric out print side down on a flat surface.
  3. Fold all 4 sides in by 1/16 of an inch or so (can be more but not by much). Place sewing needles along the sides to keep the small fold in place.
  4. With a sewing machine, sew a 1/16 seam allowance.
  5. Fold the top of the sheet in by 2 inches. Place sewing needles along the middle of the fold, piercing both layers of fabric to keep the fold in place.
  6. With a sewing machine, sew a 2 inch seam allowance.
  7. Fold the 2 sides and bottom in by a ½ inch. Place sewing needles piercing both layers of fabric along the sides and bottom to keep the fold in place
  8. With a sewing machine, sew a 1/2 inch seam allowance.
  9. Now, just drape it over the foam and you’re good to go!

Babies get cold, what about a blanket? Glad you asked:

  1. Lay the two pieces of fleece 1 on top of the other, backsides together. (You will need to cut the 3 yards into 1.5 yard pieces.)
  2. Trim around the edges to ensure both pieces are the same shape and size and to get rid of any damaged/frayed material. A ruler is most helpful here!
  3. Cut a 3-4 inch square out from all 4 corners.
  4. Cut slits about 3 inches deep and 1 inch a part all the way around the fabric.
  5. Match the bottom and top slits and double knot them – but not too tight!


Think we’re crazy? We have tons of happy customers! From our own baby pods:

Where did you think our big pods came from?Where did you think our big pods came from?

To actual babies:

No models were harmed in the making of this promotional material.No models were harmed in the making of this promotional material.

It wasn’t all bad though, she actually quite enjoyed it…after a bit of coaxing…

See? Perfect!See? Perfect!

As you can see we take this stuff pretty seriously. And if you have your own Backblaze storage pod chassis just laying around, use the step by step instructions above to turn simple craft materials into the best darned homemade crib that comes from an old server! You’re welcome DIY fans!

Don’t have the materials to build one handy? Find out how you can buy one today!



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  • Greg Smith

    I have a friend that provides secure and reliable merchant services for cloud storage companies if interested please feel free to send me a email .

    [email protected]

  • 明晋 何

    OK! this is really nice.

  • Jason Altenbaugh

    Well done, hahaha.

    However in all seriousness, can you revisit the file exclusions for .iso files? This really just majorly boned me…. lost all my backups of Windows 7 install disks, along with an unknown number of Game disk backups. Not sure I’ll ever find the disks, they’ve been MIA for a while.

    • Jason! Sorry to hear that :-/ You can actually remove the .iso exclusion. Read more here -. but you can go in to the “Exclusions” tab in the Backblaze preference pane and remove it!

      • Jason Altenbaugh

        Yeah…. I did that at one point, but that reloaded windows/BB. Ugh. Oh well. Consider this my ‘suggestion box’ request.

        • Will forward suggestion along!

          • Milk Manson

            Actually… you know what would be even better? Some kind of import/export preferences function, at least for the exclusions tab. This would solve problems like the above plus problems like my screaming and swearing like a sailor every time I have to add all my junk folders to the exclude list. Clunky doesn’t begin to describe the current process.

            The option to store our client config on your end so settings would persist across installs, now that would be ideal.

          • ᅠᅠᅠ

            There’s an even nastier bug, in that the excluded folders list (not the extensions list though) is lost whenever you change your selection of drives to back up. I added an external drive to my backup selection and didn’t notice that it started uploading a lot of nonsense I thought was excluded, because the list was returned to its default.

            But yes, remote storage of the configuration should definitely be added. Makes sense, as when you log back in to your account from a new computer for the restore, you’d like to adopt the same backup settings you had for the computer that was doing the backup. “Certain competitors” do this. They’re already storing gigabytes or terabytes of user data, so adding those few kilobytes shouldn’t be an issue.