What SMART Stats Tell Us About Hard Drives

Hard Drive Smart Stats

What if a hard drive could tell you it was going to fail before it actually did? Is that possible? Each day Backblaze records the SMART stats that are reported by the 67,814 hard drives we have spinning in our Sacramento data center. SMART stands for Self-Monitoring, Analysis and Reporting Technology and is a monitoring….

How Heavy is the Backblaze Cloud?

Backblaze Cloud

The question “How heavy is the Backblaze Cloud?” came up in a marketing meeting one Monday afternoon. “One million pounds,” someone guessed, “A hundred thousand pounds,” someone else said trying to sound sure. The truth is we had no idea. “Well, how much does a real cloud weigh?” someone else asked, and at that point….

Hard Drive Stats for Q2 2016

Hard Drive Reliability

Q2 2016 saw Backblaze: introduce 8TB drives into our drive mix, kickoff a pod-to-vault migration of over 6.5 Petabytes of data, cross over 250 Petabytes of data stored, and deploy another 7,290 drives into the data center for a total of 68,813 spinning hard drives under management. With all the ins-and-outs let’s take a look….

The Future of Cloud Storage

The Future of Cloud Backup

With over 250 Petabytes of data under management, Backblaze has grown to be one of the largest Clouds around. But with over 2.5 quintillion bytes of data being created daily, it seems we’ll need to keep on growing to keep up. With all that data in mind, the infographic below is full of facts, figures,….

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….