Storage Pod 6.0: Building a 60 Drive 480TB Storage Server

Storage Pod 6.0

Storage Pod 6.0 deploys 60 off-the-shelf hard drives in a 4U chassis to lower the cost of our latest data storage server to just $0.036/GB. That’s 22 percent less than our Storage Pod 5.0 storage server that used 45 drives to store data for $0.044/GB. The Storage Pod 6.0 hardware design is, as always, open….

Backblaze B2 – Big File Beta

B2 Cloud Storage Beta II

With the 20,000+ people that have signed up for B2, we have received a lot of feedback, and have been working diligently to incorporate it. If you like big files…really big files, you’ll really like this release – the B2 Big File Beta – but there’s a lot more to like. Let’s take a look…..

Load Balancing and B2 Cloud Storage

Load Balancer

A few months ago we announced Backblaze B2, our cloud storage product. Cloud storage presents different challenges versus cloud backup in the server environment. Load balancing is one such issue. Let’s take a look at the challenges that have come up, and our solutions. A load balancer is a server or specialized device that distributes….

A Day in the Life of a Datacenter, Part I

Backblaze Datacenter

A datacenter is part of the “cloud”; as in cloud backup, cloud storage, cloud computing, and so on. It is often where your data goes, or goes through, once it leaves your home, office, mobile phone, tablet, etc. While many of you have never been inside a datacenter, chances are you’ve seen one. Cleverly disguised….

Hard Drive Reliability Review for 2015

Backblaze Hard Drive Stats

By the end of 2015, the Backblaze datacenter had 56,224 spinning hard drives containing customer data. These hard drives reside in 1,249 Backblaze Storage Pods. By comparison 2015 began with 39,690 drives running in 882 Storage Pods. We added 65 Petabytes of storage in 2015 give or take a Petabyte or two. Not only was….

Storage Pod 5.0 Hack: One Power Supply

Backblaze Storage Pod

In November we introduced and open sourced the design to Storage Pod 5.0. Extensively redesigned using our Agile hardware design process, Storage Pod 5.0 was the least expensive storage solution we’ve ever designed, until now. With one simple hack, you can now have 180TB of storage for about a $0.05 a gigabyte if you build….

B2, or not B2, that is the question

Cloud Storage vs Cloud Backup

Since we announced B2 Cloud Storage, many of our existing online backup customers have joined the B2 Beta program and started working with B2. That’s great, but we also know that many more of our customers are still on the sidelines trying to decide if B2 is right for them. Their dilemma: B2, or not….