What You Would Do With a Storage Pod

Backblaze Music Machine

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….

What Would You Do With a Storage Pod?

Empty Backblaze Storage Pods

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….

Hard Drive Reliability Update – Sep 2014


At Backblaze we now have 34,881 drives and store over 100 petabytes of data. We continually track how our disk drives are doing, which ones are reliable, and which ones need to be replaced. I did a blog post back in January, called “What Hard Drive Should I Buy?” It covered the reliability of each….

Hard Drive Temperature – Does It Matter?


How much does operating temperature affect the failure rates of disk drives? Not much. The unlimited online backup service provided by Backblaze requires a lot of storage. In fact, we recently passed the 100-petabyte mark in our data center. This means we use disk drives. A lot of disk drives. The Backblaze Storage Pod is….

Lasers, Forklifts, and the Backblaze B


Backblaze had a large presence at Macworld 2014 this year, and we had a great time at the show. We love going to Macworld and spreading the good word about online backup. We spoke with lots of interesting people, met with tons of Backblaze users, and even got some of them on film. One of….

Storage Pod 4.0: Direct Wire Drives


Check out the latest version: Storage Pod 4.5 For the first time since the original Storage Pod, Backblaze is announcing a completely redesigned approach with the introduction of the first “direct wire” Storage Pod. This new Storage Pod performs four times faster, is simpler to assemble, and delivers our lowest cost per gigabyte of data….

100 Petabytes of Cloud Data


Wow. Backblaze is now storing 100 petabytes of customer data in our cloud storage. 100 petabytes is a hard number to wrap our heads around, so… How much data is 100 petabytes? 100 petabytes 100,000 terabytes 100,000,000 gigabytes 100,000,000,000 megabytes Here are a few comparisons to help contextualize what 100 petabytes: * 1/4th as much….