Is the NSA Using Backblaze Storage Pods for PRISM Surveillance Data? Here’s What we Know…

By | June 9th, 2013

The leaked presentation about PRISM detailed the ability for the NSA to collect emails, photos, videos, and more from nine companies including: Microsoft, Google, Facebook, and Apple. There has been a tremendous amount of debate about whether PRISM allows “direct” access to these companies’ servers, somewhat limited access through some type of intermediate portal, or….

180TB of Good Vibrations – Storage Pod 3.0

By | February 20th, 2013

To get the latest updates and informationon ALL of the Storage Pod versions. Click Here. We thought ten people would care; instead a million people read our Storage Pod 1.0 blog post where we open sourced the Backblaze Storage Pod design and introduced the world’s most cost-efficient way to store big data. The interest grew….

Quartz Glass Backblaze Storage Pods?

By | September 27th, 2012
Backblaze Storage Pod with Quartz Crystal

Hitachi announced this morning that they have invented “quartz glass storage”. With this innovation they are able to hold about 40MB of data per square inch on one piece of quartz glass. The Verge’s article doesn’t state the cost of the quartz glass, but the procedure to create such a piece of storage includes using….

Netflix, you flatter us.

By | June 6th, 2012
Netflix Open Connect

Inspired by the Backblaze Storage Pod, Netflix builds their own Flixapod. Ok it’s not really called that. It’s called the “Open Connect Appliance Hardware”. Netflix designed a 36-hard drive custom chassis filled with the most popular movies and deployed at every datacenter near their customers. Not only will this this reduce the load on Internet….

1.6 Petabytes of storage in 1 day

By | April 13th, 2012

Sometimes I am just amazed how much data we store for our customers – pictures, videos, documents, spreadsheets and more. It takes a lot of storage. Yesterday Kirk, Sean, new guy Dave and Guido, from our operations group, outdid themselves. They racked and powered up 12 new Storage Pods in one day; that is freakin’….

The 1.35 petabyte Backblaze Salt Pod

By | October 19th, 2011
I like salt in my drives, but prefer pepper

Researchers have discovered that a pinch of table salt can get more data onto spinning hard drive platters. A lot more: 6 TB in a single platter! Considering the latest drives have up to 5 platters, that would be 30 TB in a single hard drive. Put 45 of those drives into a Backblaze Storage….

Sean has a new friend. His name is Guido.

By | September 28th, 2011

A single Backblaze Storage Pod weighs nearly 150 lbs and takes two people to rack it. Each time Sean has gone to the data center to rack new pods (which happens every two weeks) he needed to bring another person for assistance. In the interest of giving Sean a hand, we bought him a friend…..