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

By | September 1st, 2015

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)….

A 16TB SSD: OMG

By | August 13th, 2015

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

By | August 11th, 2015

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

By | July 28th, 2015

Check out the latest Hard Drive Stats. 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….

What You Would Do With a Storage Pod

By | July 9th, 2015

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

By | June 16th, 2015

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….

HGST 8TB Drives – Helium Makes Them Fly

By | June 9th, 2015

We recently installed and deployed 45 HGST 8TB hard drives into Backblaze Storage Pod 902 and the drives have recently completed their initial data loading phase. As we have done with Seagate, Western Digital, and Toshiba drives, we tracked the HGST drives during their data loading phase to see how well they performed. Here’s what….

What Would You Do With a Storage Pod?

By | May 27th, 2015

Backblaze Storage Pod 027 has been running 24/7/365 storing customer data for the past 7 years. Pod 027 has served us well, but now it is time to retire. Pod 027 is one of 20 Backblaze Storage Pods being retired. In this group are version 1 and version 2 Storage Pods. They have been removed….