The 1.35 Petabyte Backblaze Salt Pod

Salt is great, but I prefer pepper on my drives

Researchers have discovered that a pinch of table salt can get more data onto spinning hard drive platters. A lot more: 6TB in a single platter!

Considering the latest drives have up to five platters, that would be 30TB in a single hard drive. Put 45 of those drives into a Backblaze Storage Pod and you would store 1.35PB (!) in a single Storage Pod; more than 10PB in a single rack.

Hello, big data. Meet your best friend, salt.


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.