Backblaze hardened against disaster

By | March 10th, 2008

This weekend we moved into our new datacenter - 365 Main – a facility we share with companies including Sun Microsystems, Esurance, Ticketmaster, and Cnet. It has all the high-tech wizardry you can imagine to keep our customers’ online backup data safe:

  • raised floor with seismic pedestals in case of earthquakeBackblaze Online Backup Datacenter
  • 16 data carriers
  • independent PG&E power feed
  • induction coupling system to avoid backup batteries 
  • three 20,000 gallon fuel tanks
  • ten 2.1 megawatt generators (enough for 15,000 homes)   
  • double-interlock pre-action system for fire suppression, and more.

However, the part I liked the best was the lowest-tech: 24×7 staffed security guards. In a world of zombie networks, phishing attacks, and cybercrime, it’s nice to know that it still requires having your driver’s license checked for authorization by a live person before you can come within 100 yards of any system.

Gleb Budman
Co-founder and CEO of Backblaze. Founded three prior companies. He has been a speaker at GigaOm Structure, Ignite: Lean Startup, FailCon, CloudCon; profiled by Inc. and Forbes; a mentor for Teens in Tech; and holds 5 patents on security.

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