Backups in Baghdad: Protecting Data Around the World

“Jason,” not his real name, is an electrical engineer contracting for the military. I wanted to share the comments and photos he sent us about his experience with Backblaze in Baghdad:

My being here is a once in a lifetime opportunity, and I
don’t want something like a hard drive failure to sour it.  My computer
is my livelihood, and not having to worry about my irreplaceable data
allows me to focus on the mission in support of the Coalition

That being said, bandwidth is at a premium, and Backblaze has been
great to let me know EXACTLY what’s backed up, what needs to back up,
and for being able to adjust how much bandwidth it uses has also been

My family will be very happy to see all the photos that I
have taken over my travels and stay while in Baghdad, and I’m glad
knowing that even if my computer is damaged or destroyed, I will be
able to get that data back.

Here are a few of Jason’s photos of Baghdad:
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About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.