A Behind-the-Scenes Look at Designing the Next Storage Pod

By | September 1st, 2015

Tim holds up a drive beam and shows the design to Matt who is attending the meeting courtesy of a telepresence robot. They are discussing the results of a prototype Storage Pod developed using Agile development methodology applied to hardware design. The Storage Pod they are discussing was the result of the fifth sprint (iteration)….

Backblaze Labs: Center for Hardware Design

By | August 11th, 2015

In September 2009 Backblaze introduced and open sourced our Storage Pod 1.0 design. Storage Pod 1.0 was the result of an iterative yet informal design process where ideas were designed, built, tested, and evaluated in a matter weeks and sometimes days. Rapid iteration was key, but over time, with each major Storage Pod release, rapid….

What You Would Do With a Storage Pod

By | July 9th, 2015

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?

By | May 27th, 2015

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….

Mommy, Where Do Pods Come From?

By | May 8th, 2015

Stop us if you’ve heard this: “Mommy? Where do pods come from?” It’s a question that’s been asked for years, and until now the response has been a convoluted one. For Mother’s Day, we’re going to give moms everywhere the ammunition they need to answer this difficult question. “Where do pods come from?” So where….

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….

Storage Pod 4.5 – Tweaking a Proven Design

By | March 5th, 2015

To get the latest updates and informationon ALL of the Storage Pod versions. Click Here. It has been nearly a year since we published an update to our Storage Pod design. Over the last few months we have been deploying Storage Pod 4.5, which is known internally as Storage Pod Classic. The reason for the….