The Challenges of Opening a Data Center — Part 1

By | February 27th, 2018

In this series we’ll talk in general terms about the factors that an organization needs to consider when opening a data center and the challenges that must be met in the process. In Part 1, we look at the different types of data centers, the importance of location in planning a data center, data center certification, and the single most expensive factor in running a data center, power.

Backblaze Vaults: Zettabyte-Scale Cloud Storage Architecture

By | March 11th, 2015

We are thrilled to share the results of a project that has engaged the Backblaze engineering team for the last year: Backblaze Vaults, a major step forward in our cloud storage service’s technology stack. Currently Backblaze stores over 150 petabytes of data and has recovered over 10 billion files for customers of our cloud backup….

Our Secret Data Center

By | February 3rd, 2014

We have a secret. A 500 Petabyte secret. Back in August 2012, Backblaze posted our need for a new data center. At the time we had about 40 Petabytes of storage and our current caged facility in Oakland was bursting at the seams. After our post, proposals rolled in from around the US — Utah,….

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…..