Backblaze 2016 Year in Review

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 reasons why someone requests a file to be restored, from a crashed computer to downloading a photo of grandma to your smartphone to show the family. In November, Backblaze restored its 20 billionth file and 10 lucky winners won some goodies from Backblaze.

30% more hard drives. We’ll finish out this year with over 72,000 hard drives spinning in our data center. That’s up from 56,224 at the beginning of 2016. Our Hard Drive Stats continue to draw interest and generate great discussions each time we publish our quarterly reviews. By the way, in late January, keep an eye out for the 2016 Hard Drive Stats Year-in-Review blog post and sign up now for the webinar on February 2nd.

In case your invitation was lost in the mail and you missed the party, the hard drive turned 60 in September 2016. Still, you can check out our “A History of Hard Drives” post and get your hard drives facts back on track in time for the new year.

In July we got the chance to tell the amazing story of “How Una Got Her Stolen Laptop Back”. A thief absconded with Una’s laptop, then it trekked across three continents for 18 months. Thanks to Una’s perseverance and a little help from Backblaze, Una and her wayward laptop were happily reunited.

Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage was launched in June to rave reviews. The launch included integration partners like Synology, CloudBerry, OpenIO, and more. Launched with a complete Web GUI, CLI and API, application developers, IT professionals and many others have embraced B2 as the way to economically store their data in the cloud.

Storage Pod 6.0 was introduced in April 2016. We upgraded the chassis to support 60 drives and with 8 TB drives installed we have a 480 TB 4U storage server. We’ve now deployed over 100 of these 60-drive chassis with 40 of them having 8 TB drives. And 10 TB drives are next…

On April 1st, Backblaze introduced our new product, Catblaze Cloud Backup, which backs up an unlimited amount of your cat photos and videos for just $5/month/computer. Also in April, Backblaze celebrated our 9th birthday.

In 2016 we updated the Backblaze Backup client four times.

In February, we discovered that when you upgraded Adobe Creative Cloud to version 3.5.2.206 you could break Backblaze. After a fun weekend of finger pointing and twitter exchanges, Adobe released a fix.

In January, we introduced our wildly popular Restore Return Refund program for Backblaze backup customers. If you order a flash drive or hard drive restore from Backblaze and then return the drive to us within 30 days we will refund you the purchase price of the restore. Of course you can opt to keep the drive, in which case your payment will cover the purchase of the drive.

Dropbox and Backblaze

Throughout the year we’ve worked hard to bring you nearly 50 blog posts focused on everything related to backing up your laptop or desktop. Along the way we covered topics like, “How to Backup your iPhone”, “How Backblaze and Dropbox work together” and many more.

For the third consecutive year, Backblaze was named as one of the fastest growing technologies companies in the United States. The Technology Fast 500 program is run by the good folks at Deloitte, and the award is based on a company’s revenue increase over a specific period of time (either 4 or 5 years).

Have a safe and enjoyable holiday season. Here’s to an even better 2017.

Andy Klein

Andy Klein

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.
  • Orlon Rose

    Hi Andy, this probably isn’t the most appropriate place to post this but my name is Orlon Rose I work for a small business that wishes to store a large amount of data roughly 280 Terabytes with the ability to expand to about 600 Terabytes in the future. I planned to put together a custom local storage system and set up an online backup. I read a Backblaze post that mentioned “putting out a bid for hard drives” and I was wondering how exactly it is that Backblaze goes about the bid process as it seems to be difficult to get 50-60 hard drives all at once and at a fair price.

    • Andy Klein

      For quantities of 50-60 drives we’d use local resellers or distributors. Sometimes we could buy online or at a local retail computer outlet like Central Computer (here in Northern CA). Rather than build your own storage servers you can look at 45drives.com or backuppods.com. In either case you can buy a kit or an entire system (you add the drives).

      • Orlon Rose

        Thank you Andy for the timely reply I do have the backup pods and 45 drive options in my pitch, the custom build was just a lot cheaper so my boss will probably lean towards that option. I immediately researched online resellers and distributors but neglected to check out local options. Thanks a million for the input, I’m always looking forward to posts from you guys as you’re one of the most transparent tech companies out there constantly sharing progress and updates to help consumers be well informed and we as a community greatly appreciate it. Happy holidays to you!.