Goodbye 2008. Hello 2009.

By | January 2nd, 2009

At the beginning of 2007, we set off on a mission to make sure no one ever lost data again. 2008 saw numerous milestones along this path, so I wanted to take a quick look back and a glance forward into 2009. Realizing that the #1 reason users did not backup was the difficulty in….

Storage is recession-proof

By | December 17th, 2008

While the economic crisis continues to be at the forefront of our minds, business at Backblaze is booming. I would like to attribute that explicitly to our execution, but there is another factor at play: storage needs are skyrocketing. Every day, consumers and businesses are generating more digital data both in unit volume (# of….

Brian’s 10 Rules for how to write cross-platform code

By | December 15th, 2008

Introduction I’ve had a lot of success in my 20 year software engineering career with developing cross platform ‘C’ and ‘C++’ code.  At Backblaze, we just released the Mac beta version of our online backup service, so I thought it an apt time to discuss my 10 rules for writing cross-platform code. We develop an….

Backblaze launches Mac beta

By | December 9th, 2008

That may have been the most understated title for a blog post about a day like today. Less than 3 months after our Windows launch, today Backblaze announced a fully-featured Mac online backup service into private beta that followed the same “backup everything; no configuration setup; unlimited storage; $5 per month” approach. This happened so….

Backblaze selected as “Best of the Best”

By | December 9th, 2008

After being selected as one of the AlwaysOn Global Top 250 Private Companies in July, Backblaze was selected as one of the 14 “Best of the Best” and asked to present at the AlwaysOn Venture Summit West. Backblaze was initially selected based on “innovation, market potential, commercialization, stakeholder value, and media buzz.” Held at the….

How to make strong encryption easy to use

By | November 12th, 2008

Goal: Security done right Protecting the privacy of our users’ data is a top priority for us here at Backblaze and that means encryption. But providing a service that is extremely easy to use is also a key part of our vision and far too often encryption makes a product hard to use. This trade-off….

Backblaze online backup service launched

By | October 7th, 2008

Backblaze online backup launched publicly on Tuesday, September 16th, which US News called gutsy in today’s age of perpetual betas. I wanted to share a bit about what has transpired over the last few months that led us here. Backblaze launch visitors  After four months in a stealth beta, we expanded the Backblaze private….

10 reasons your backup will fail

By | July 1st, 2008

1 Your backup strategy is to burn CDs and DVDs. A diamond may be forever, but CDs and DVDs have a shelf-life. Even the Optical Storage Technology Association says an unrecorded disk will only last 5 to 10 years. And this assumes you’ve selected the right files and remember to do it, which brings me….