Unlimited Vacation Time, The Backblaze Way

By | September 30th, 2014

There’s been a lot of chatter recently about Virgin moving towards an unlimited vacation policy. According to Sir Richard Branson in his recent blog post, he got the idea from an article about Netflix, who hasn’t had a vacation policy for the past several years. Basically, employees are free to take time off as they….

That Was One UGLY Email

By | August 22nd, 2014

Our customer newsletter email for August was “Major Ugly.” We’re sorry. Let me explain. About once a month the marketing folks at Backblaze send out a newsletter via email to our customers. These emails are sent conforming to our customer privacy policy and terms of service. Only customers (not trial users) receive the newsletter and….

Six Billion Files Restored and Counting

By | June 24th, 2014

Funny thing about providing an online backup service that is currently storing over 100 Petabytes of customer data, sometimes people need their data back. In fact, nearly half (46%) of our customers restored one or more of their files in 2013 and that adds up. From when Backblaze first started until the end of May….

Lasers, Forklifts, and the Backblaze B

By | April 18th, 2014

Backblaze had a large presence at Macworld 2014 this year, and we had a great time at the show. We love going to Macworld and spreading the good word about online backup. We spoke with lots of interesting people, met with tons of Backblaze users, and even got some of them on film. One of….

Our Secret Data Center

By | February 3rd, 2014

We have a secret. A 500 Petabyte secret. Back in August 2012, Backblaze posted our need for a new data center. At the time we had about 40 Petabytes of storage and our current caged facility in Oakland was bursting at the seams. After our post, proposals rolled in from around the US — Utah,….

Restoring Data From The NSA

By | November 19th, 2013

It All Started With A Meme I’m an avid redditor, though my karma doesn’t show it, and around the time the NSA PRISM story broke, I started seeing this image appear in my feeds: I’m also the social guy at Backblaze, so I felt it was my duty to post it. After receiving many tweets….

Behind Backblaze – Scaling Big Storage

By | May 15th, 2012

Many of you enjoyed the Part 1, Behind Backblaze video. Here’s Part 2, Behind Backblaze: Scaling Big Storage, which takes a look at our datacenter and the people behind it that make sure your data is safe and secure with Backblaze. For those of you who think this kind of stuff is really cool, Backblaze….

Hello, San Mateo! Our new office home

By | January 10th, 2011

After almost four years in our original office in downtown Palo Alto, it was time to accept that we just couldn’t keep stuffing people in the space. Now I’m thrilled to say that we have found and moved into a fantastic new office! Thank you to all that responded to our request for office suggestions…..