The Future of Cloud Storage

By | July 28th, 2016

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,….

Backblaze B2 – Big File Beta

By | April 6th, 2016

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

By | March 18th, 2016

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….

Hard Drive Reliability Review for 2015

By | February 16th, 2016

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

By | January 21st, 2016

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….