Happy 9th Birthday Backblaze

By | April 20th, 2016

Happy Birthday Backblaze

Backblaze turns 9 today! That’s right, back on April 20th, 2007 Backblaze was officially incorporated in Delaware. We wrote about our 5th birthday back in 2012, but we wanted to take a moment and look back at the last 4 years. We’ve been pretty busy.

Over the last 4 years:

  • The Backblaze team has grown by over 240%, and we’re still hiring.
  • Our Hard Drive Stats continue to be incredibly popular.
  • We’ve increased the number of customer files we’ve restored by 10x, from 1.2 Billion to over 12 Billion.
  • We’ve increased the amount of customer data we store by 10x from 20 Petabytes to over 200 Petabytes.
  • Backblaze Mobile apps made their debut for iOS and Android.
  • We’ve graced the Deloitte Fast 500 list with our presence – twice.
  • Backblaze Vaults launched and continue to revolutionize storage.
  • Embracing our open source roots we’ve released even more secret sauce with Reed-Solomon erasure coding.
  • We continued to deliver storage innovation to the open source community by delivering Storage Pod versions 3.0, 4.0, 4.5 and 5.0.
  • Launched Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage, the lowest cost Cloud Storage on the planet to complement our Backblaze Personal and Backblaze Business Backup products. Catblaze, launched shortly thereafter on April 1st, 2016.

We’ve got a lot of cool projects coming down the pipe, and we couldn’t be more excited to share them with you, but they’ll have to wait. On this 4/20, our birthday, even though your friends probably aren’t idiots, listen to our friend SecuriTay and remind them to back up their machines:

#420BackblazeIt #GetCloudy



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  • Mattia

    Happy birthday Backblaze! (PS: we are still waiting for a linux client or an online cloud interface (like Mega))

    • You should look at Backblaze B2 -> https://www.backblaze.com/b2/docs/integrations.html

      • trey

        B2 is a not a backup solution. B2 is not a good answer to “where is the linux client?” and will never be. It’s a completely different service, and while it could be used to backup some files, it isn’t a backup solution.

        B2 != personal backup

        “where is the linux client for personal backup?” <– this is the new question that will be getting asked everywhere backblaze is ever mentioned on the internet. I doubt you'll be getting used to missing the question anytime soon, unless maybe after 9 years you finally decide to take feedback seriously.

        • Take a look at HashBackup, they’ve integrated with B2 and are a Linux-based solution -> https://www.backblaze.com/b2/docs/integrations.html#.

          • trey

            Where is the Linux client for Personal Backup. Personal Backup is the backup solution I want to use. I don’t want to use B2. The billing model makes no sense for a backup solution. I would consider B2 as an Amazon S3 replacement, but who in their right mind would use S3 as a backup solution. I don’t want this, I want BackBlaze Personal Backup with clients written by BackBlaze that I can trust.

          • Yea, we hear ya, unfortunately we don’t have an ETA for a Linux-based backup client. But HashBackup is pretty great in the mean time!

          • Arduie

            It sounds more like you want to pay $5/month to back up your gigantic Linux server to Backblaze – and are trying to smokescreen it with ‘trust’ (really, a Linux user who ‘trusts’ closed-source software? heh).

            Don’t you think there’s a very obvious business decision here?

            If the Linux market was a cost effective market, Backblaze would have developed a backup client for it. Obviously there’s zero technical reason to not develop it, since Backblaze uses Linux on all their servers and presumably has people who can write Linux code.

            That leaves it to purely a business decision. They’ve probably done market research and determined that the typical Linux user has a lot more data than whatever Backblaze’s break-even point is for their $5/month backup services, whereas Mac and Windows users are below that break-even point (on average) since they’re more likely to be casual technology users, rather than your average Linux user who is likely to be a lot more savvy, and therefore have more to back up.

            The same goes for NAS users. They don’t offer Backblaze backup for NAS users, only for B2.

            The “billing model makes no sense” if you’re *only* willing to pay $5/month for your backups. It makes perfect sense to Backblaze to exclude Linux users from their unlimited backup products and direct them to their pay-per-use B2.

          • trey

            I absolutely love it when people invent assumptions to support their arguments!

            You must be referring to my “gigantic” macbook (with SSD) on which I am running fedora. Also, since you are you not aware, windows is capable of supporting multiple large spinning disks? All OSes have power users. I can install windows on top of a pile of 8TB hard drives, install BackBlaze personal backup and BOOM, your assumptions fall apart.

            As far as trust goes, I mean to say that I obviously trust a client written by BackBlaze that stores data on BackBlaze more so than a 3rd party client that pushes my data to BackBlaze or wherever. Obviously I would prefer if BackBlaze open sources said client, “heh”. I’m not sure what it being open source or not has to do with this discussion though.

            As I do not work for BackBlaze (and I’d like to point out that you don’t either) I do not think there is an “obvious business decision here” and if there were, you wouldn’t know what it is.

            “They’ve probably done market research and determined [insert argument backing assumptions here]”. First, lol at “probably”. But if it is a business case, which again, you have invented this assumption as well, then BackBlaze should say so. For example: “We at BackBlaze have no plans whatsoever to support linux users for personal backup”. They should also stop suggesting B2 as an alternative to personal backup for people whose operating systems they choose not support when B2 is clearly an aws s3 alternative. If you go to the B2 Cloud Storage landing page this is clearly how it is marketed and what it is for.

            I guess since we are playing the assumptions game, it’s my turn.
            Dr. Robotnik, founder of the Market Research Lab at CalTech, has determined that linux machines use 78% less hard drive space on average than windows/osx users. Dr. Robotnik further suggests that linux users are far more vocal per capita about the services they use and love than windows/osx users.

            Based on this new information, the “obvious business decision” is that BackBlaze should make an open source personal backup client for linux.

            Time to lol about your final false assumption:
            You assume I am “*only* willing to pay $5/month”. The truth is you have no earthly idea what I’m willing to do or how much I spend on cloud services, though I’d wager a guess it’s far more than you do :p. BackBlaze can charge linux users $20, or $40, or intelligently, whatever amount average real world usage of the product suggests.

            If you can refute any of these points with without invented assumptions I’d be glad to continue the discussion.