User Builds “Extreme Media Server” Based on a Backblaze Storage Pod

Extreme Media Server

Don Honabach has the honor of being the first person to successfully build his own Backblaze Storage Pod. (At least the first we know about.)

With four servers running at home for media storage, Don was using a fair bit of power (and probably generating a lot of heat and noise and taking up space.) For five years he was working to come up with an “extreme media server” and after reading about the Backblaze Storage Pod, he decided this may be the way to go.

Having expertise in the space, Don customized a variety of items in the Pod including:

  • The operating system (switching to Microsoft Windows Server 2008 R2)
  • Power supplies
  • Motherboard
  • and more…

In just a couple weeks Don had completed his “extreme media server.” Combining all four servers into one, Don is saving 500 watts of power, and can run 16 independent movie streams across two monitors from a single Storage Pod.

Don created a blog that describes his experiences building his “extreme media server.”

Congratulations Don, and good luck watching all those movies at the same time!
Extreme Media Server from Backblaze Storage Pod


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.