A History of Removable Computer Storage

A History of Removable Storage

Almost from the start we’ve had a problem with computers: They create and consume more data than we can economically store. Hundreds of companies have been created around the need for more computer storage. These days if we need space we can turn to cloud services like our own B2 Cloud Storage, but it hasn’t….

Wanted: Sr. System Administrator

Are you a Linux SysAdmin who is looking for a challenging and fast-paced working environment? Want to a join our dynamic team and help Backblaze grow to new heights? Our Operations team is a distributed and collaborative group of individual contributors. We work closely together to build and maintain our home grown cloud storage farm,….

Don’t Get Trapped in iCloud

Don't Get Trapped in iCloud

Let me preface this with a bit of history: I’ve been using Macs for more than 30 years. I’ve seen an enormous amount of changes at Apple, and I’ve been using their online services since the AppleLink days (it was a pre-Internet dial-up service for Apple dealers and service people). Over the past few years….

APFS: What You Need To Know About Apple’s New File System

APFS

Editor’s note: We posted this article originally in August 2016. We’ve since updated it with new information. APFS, or Apple File System, is one of the biggest changes coming to every new Apple device. It makes its public debut with the release of iOS 10.3, but it’s also coming to the Mac (in fact, it’s….

How to securely recycle or dispose of your SSD

Solid State Drives (SSDs) are fast and efficient. More new computers than ever come with them, and many of us have upgraded our existing PCs and Macs to them to get better performance or to replace dead or dying spinning hard drives. With prices dropping on larger SSDs, those of us who have outgrown our….

The Cloud’s Software: A Look Inside Backblaze

When most of us think about “the cloud,” we have an abstract idea that it’s computers in a data center somewhere – racks of blinking lights and lots of loud fans. There’s truth to that. Have a look inside our datacenter to get an idea. But besides the impressive hardware – and the skilled techs….

What’s the Diff: Hot and Cold Data Storage

Differentiating cloud data storage by “temperature” is common practice when it comes to describing the tiered storage setups offered by various cloud storage providers. “Hot” and “cold” describes how often that data is accessed. What’s the actual difference, and how does each temperature fit your cloud storage strategy? Let’s take a look. First of all,….

Troubleshooting Tips for SSDs

Need help troubleshooting a problematic SSD (Solid State Drive)? Here’s a list of problems SSD users commonly run into, along with some suggestions on how to fix them. SSD Failure Let’s go over some of the warning signs of a potential SSD failure. Any of these could be indications that an SSD is on its….