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….

Your x-ray on a pod: Vanderbilt builds Backblaze Storage Pods

By | June 7th, 2011

After we open sourced the Backblaze Storage Pod, hundreds of people contacted us expressing interest in building their own. A few have shared their experiences including the team at Vanderbilt University Institute of Image Science, where Hampton Albert and others have modified the original design for their own purposes. They explain their approach and use….

5 years of Twitter in 1/3rd a Backblaze Pod

By | March 23rd, 2011

Twitter turned 5 years old yesterday. The service now has 200 million users (including @backblaze) who post over 1 billion tweets per day. One interesting tidbit they recently mentioned was that all of those billions and billions of tweets compiled over the course of half a decade took a mere 20 terabytes of storage space!….

10 petabytes – visualized

By | January 5th, 2011

As we approached the end of 2010, our vp of engineering sent an email: Backblaze crossed the 10 petabyte mark in data storage for our customers. While l see us constantly adding storage for our online backup service, it was one of those moments that made me think, “Wow, that’s a lot of storage.” Ten….

Backblaze racks 100th storage pod

By | June 14th, 2010

In 2008 we started deploying our storage pods and in September 2009 we gave away the design on our blog in a post titled, “Petabytes on a budget – How to build cheap cloud storage.” This weekend we deployed our 100th Backblaze Storage Pod. For those of you counting, that’s: * 100 pods * 4,500….