Price gap: Storage vs Bandwidth

By | June 22nd, 2011

Cloud computing success relies on high-speed bandwidth. Whether streaming movies or running applications from the cloud, the ability to get data quickly from the cloud to the computer (or tablet or phone) is a key requirement for rapid adoption. As such, we decided to take a look at how well Internet bandwidth to the home….

$94 trillion petabyte

By | June 21st, 2011

IBM is celebrating the 55th anniversary of the first hard drive. At the time, this was a breakthrough that would change the path of technology. However, to put into perspective how far we have all come: The hard drive IBM shipped in 1956: * Stored 5 megabytes (MB) * Cost $11,000 per megabyte * Was….

Ignite: Lean Startup – Petabytes on a Budget, the video

By | June 9th, 2011

Ignite is a “Fast-paced, fun, thought-provoking, social, local, global” evening of “high-energy 5-minute talks by people who have an idea.” Specifically, as the presenter you get exactly 20 slides that auto-advance every 15 seconds. No running over. No slide remote control. The theme of the evening was “Lean Startup” a set of principles (clearly communicated….

Is the Backblaze cloud bigger than iCloud?

By | June 8th, 2011

Possibly. A customer yesterday asked, “Do you have any idea how big iCloud is?” I thought it was an interesting question and poked around. Two months ago it was reported that Apple ordered 12 petabytes of storage rumored to be used for its new North Carolina data center. Certainly Apple already has significant storage for….

Your x-ray on a pod: Vanderbilt builds Backblaze Storage Pods

By | June 7th, 2011

After we open sourced the Backblaze Storage Pod, hundreds of people contacted us expressing interest in building their own. A few have shared their experiences including the team at Vanderbilt University Institute of Image Science, where Hampton Albert and others have modified the original design for their own purposes. They explain their approach and use….

Backblaze works seamlessly with iCloud

By | June 7th, 2011

Yesterday Apple announced iCloud, launching in the fall, which lets you sync music, photos, apps, calendars, etc. between your iPhone, iPad, and Mac. As Mac-fans, all of us here at Backblaze are pretty excited about using these features for ourselves! A couple people asked, “How will Backblaze work with iCloud?” The answer? Seamlessly! * iCloud….

Hello Iron Mountain customers, can we help?

By | May 17th, 2011

After shutting down its cloud storage business last month, today Iron Mountain sold the entire Iron Mountain Digital business to Autonomy. Why did Iron Mountain shut down the cloud storage business and sell off its Iron Mountain Digital business? According to ZDNet, Iron Mountain “is exiting the digital business because it can’t keep up with….