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….

Introducing the New Backblaze for Business

Today, we’re pleased to announce the new Backblaze for Business. We’ve spent the better part of the year building new functionality for our business and group users and are excited to release that functionality, Groups, to the world today. What is a Group? Groups are a collection of computers paid for by administrators, whether it’s….

Data Storage Disasters SMBs Should Avoid

Avoid Data Disasters

No one wants to get caught off guard when disaster strikes. And disasters are kind of inevitable, typically when you least expect them. Forewarned is forearmed. Here are five data storage disasters just waiting to happen to small to medium-sized businesses. We also offer some practical advice for how to avoid them. Not Knowing Where….

Backblaze 2016 Year in Review

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….