Backblaze B2: The World’s Lowest Cost Cloud Storage


Ever since we open-sourced the original Backblaze Storage Pod and shared our storage costs, people have been saying, “I love your backup service, but I need a place to just store data. Can you give me direct access to your cloud storage?” After a year of hard work and tremendous excitement from our team, I’m….

8 Highlights in Storage Pod Evolution


In September 2009, we introduced the Backblaze Storage Pod to the storage community. We then open sourced the Storage Pod’s hardware design, and included a parts list, assembly instructions, and a cool 3D Storage Pod model. This enabled anyone with the desire and ability to create their own storage system. Over the past 6 years….

A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Designing the Next Storage Pod

Backblaze Labs Storage Pod Design

Tim holds up a drive beam and shows the design to Matt who is attending the meeting courtesy of a telepresence robot. They are discussing the results of a prototype Storage Pod developed using Agile development methodology applied to hardware design. The Storage Pod they are discussing was the result of the fifth sprint (iteration)….


Samsung 16TB SSD

It was reported today by Ars Technica UK, Slash Gear and others that Samsung is introducing a 16TB SSD. The world’s largest hard drive was unveiled at the Flash Memory Summit in Santa Clara, California. What’s even more amazing is the 2.5″ form factor – it would fit in your laptop. Before you run out….

Backblaze Labs: Center for Hardware Design

Backblaze Labs

In September 2009 Backblaze introduced and open sourced our Storage Pod 1.0 design. Storage Pod 1.0 was the result of an iterative yet informal design process where ideas were designed, built, tested, and evaluated in a matter weeks and sometimes days. Rapid iteration was key, but over time, with each major Storage Pod release, rapid….

Hard Drive Reliability Stats for Q2 2015

Hard Drive Reliability Stats for Q2 2015

Each quarter, Backblaze updates our hard drive statistics with the latest data. As of the end of Q2 2015, there were 47,561 drives spinning in our datacenter. Subtracting out boot drives, drive models with less than 45 drives and drives in testing systems, we are publishing data on 46,038 hard drives spread across 21 different….

What You Would Do With a Storage Pod

Backblaze Music Machine

A few weeks ago, we held a contest offering a free Storage Pod chassis as a prize to people who came up with creative ways to use/reuse a Backblaze Storage Pod chassis. The response was outstanding! We reviewed all the submissions and selected 20 we thought the most deserving – it was hard work. Here….

Backblaze Open Sources Reed-Solomon Erasure Coding Source Code

Reed  Solomon Erasure Coding

At Backblaze we have built an extremely cost-effective storage system that enables us to offer a great price on our online backup service. Along the path to building our storage system, we have used time-tested technologies off the shelf, but we have also built in-house technologies ourselves when things weren’t available, or when the price….