Quartz Glass Backblaze Storage Pods?

By | September 27th, 2012
Backblaze Storage Pod with Quartz Crystal

Hitachi announced this morning that they have invented “quartz glass storage”. With this innovation they are able to hold about 40MB of data per square inch on one piece of quartz glass. The Verge’s article doesn’t state the cost of the quartz glass, but the procedure to create such a piece of storage includes using….

Netflix, you flatter us.

By | June 6th, 2012
Netflix Open Connect

Inspired by the Backblaze Storage Pod, Netflix builds their own Flixapod. Ok it’s not really called that. It’s called the “Open Connect Appliance Hardware”. Netflix designed a 36-hard drive custom chassis filled with the most popular movies and deployed at every datacenter near their customers. Not only will this this reduce the load on Internet….

1.6 Petabytes of storage in 1 day

By | April 13th, 2012

Sometimes I am just amazed how much data we store for our customers – pictures, videos, documents, spreadsheets and more. It takes a lot of storage. Yesterday Kirk, Sean, new guy Dave and Guido, from our operations group, outdid themselves. They racked and powered up 12 new Storage Pods in one day; that is freakin’….

The 1.35 petabyte Backblaze Salt Pod

By | October 19th, 2011
I like salt in my drives, but prefer pepper

Researchers have discovered that a pinch of table salt can get more data onto spinning hard drive platters. A lot more: 6 TB in a single platter! Considering the latest drives have up to 5 platters, that would be 30 TB in a single hard drive. Put 45 of those drives into a Backblaze Storage….

Sean has a new friend. His name is Guido.

By | September 28th, 2011

A single Backblaze Storage Pod weighs nearly 150 lbs and takes two people to rack it. Each time Sean has gone to the data center to rack new pods (which happens every two weeks) he needed to bring another person for assistance. In the interest of giving Sean a hand, we bought him a friend…..

GINA builds some Backblaze pods

By | August 29th, 2011
Chloe Edgar

Ok, actually it was Chloe that built the first pod. And Greg that built the second. But those pods were built to store the geospatial information data for GINA – the Geographic Information Network of Alaska. When searching for pics of Backblaze Storage Pods, I stumbled across Chloe’s Picasa album, and asked her why she….

Petabytes on a Budget v2.0:Revealing More Secrets

By | July 20th, 2011

To get the latest updates and informationon ALL of the Storage Pod versions. Click Here. It’s been over a year since Backblaze revealed the designs of our first generation (67 terabyte) storage pod. During that time, we’ve remained focused on our mission to provide an unlimited online backup service for $5 per month. To maintain….

Is the Backblaze cloud bigger than iCloud?

By | June 8th, 2011

Possibly. A customer yesterday asked, “Do you have any idea how big iCloud is?” I thought it was an interesting question and poked around. Two months ago it was reported that Apple ordered 12 petabytes of storage rumored to be used for its new North Carolina data center. Certainly Apple already has significant storage for….