What Would You Do With a Storage Pod?

By | May 27th, 2015

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 from service, their drives, motherboard, SATA cards, backplanes, wiring, and power supplies, all removed. What remains is Backblaze history – 20 Backblaze Storage Pod chassis that helped launch our company.

It’s not time to be sad, Pod 027 and friends are ready for the next phase in their collective life, but what should that be? We’ve had some ideas. We could sell them, but we’re not sure anyone would buy them. We could make another Backblaze “B”, but given our tight quarters, having another “B” is a tough sell. We could make them into desks or maybe build a few more baby cribs – all good ideas, but these Pods deserve something special. That’s where you come in.

Wanted, your ideas

What you would do with your very own Backblaze Storage Pod chassis? Would you use your Storage Pod to house your digital media collection, build a really big bird feeder or turn a Storage Pod into a work of art inspired by works of Patrick Amoit? No idea is too crazy, cool, or clever, the last thing we want to do is give them to Mel the Metal Guy for scrap.

Storage pods available

We currently have 20 Backblaze Storage Pod metal chassis. They are roughly 18” wide, 29” long and 7” high in size and weigh about 25 pounds or 11.3 kilograms. They are rolled steel and of course painted Red. They are used, so they have a few scratches and small dents, but they all have the Backblaze front plate. The drives, boards, wires, power supply etc., have been removed.

Storage Pod 027

Why are they available?

Backblaze is migrating from standalone Backblaze Storage Pods to Backblaze Vaults. The version 1 and version 2 Storage Pods are not vault compatible without a number of physical changes that are not financially practical. Unless you’re building your own Backblaze Vault, these pods will work for you.

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Submitting your winning idea

To submit your idea for what you would do with your very own Storage Pod chassis, go to our Facebook page and post your idea there. Photos along with the submission are encouraged and the liberal use of Photoshop is expected. We’ll collect submissions through 11:59 pm (Pacific Daylight Time) on June 15, 2015. Late or improperly submitted submissions will not be accepted.

What happens if you WIN!

Winners will be announced in late June. We’ll post the winning ideas on our blog and our Facebook page and we’ll contact winners via Facebook. For those winners receiving a Storage Pod, Backblaze will pay for packaging and shipping to you. We’ll choose the shipping method and timeframe. Expedited shipping and insurance, if desired, will be at the winner’s expense.

What are you waiting for?

Over the years Storage Pod 027 along with the other 19 Storage Pods have done an awesome job storing and restoring data. They’ve served us well. Here’s your chance to make their retirement a memorable experience. Send in your submission today.

In the weeds…

  1. Backblaze reserves the exclusive right to accept or reject submissions for any reason without explanation. Rejected submissions may be removed from the Backblaze Facebook page if deemed inappropriate.
  2. You will not receive compensation for your submission.
  3. Submissions are considered in the public domain.
  4. Submissions may be used by Backblaze for promotional purposes.
  5. Backblaze reserves the exclusive right to select the winning entries.
Andy Klein

Andy Klein

Director of Product Marketing at Backblaze
Andy has 20+ years experience in technology marketing. He has shared his expertise in computer security and data backup at the Federal Trade Commission, Rootstech, RSA and over 100 other events. His current passion is to get everyone to back up their data before it's too late.
Category:  Cloud Storage · Storage Pod
  • Steve Whitter

    how about we connect and the sink them to make an artificial coral reef

  • GeoStyx

    I’d make it into a bachelor’s dinner table! Still eating over the sink, myself….

  • Emiel Bart

    I would want to reuse a backblaze storagepod as they are the most awesome storage i have come across on the internet. The hardware inside might be outdated to you guys, but at Awesome
    Retro, we give everything that is Awesome and Retro a second life where people can see what Awesomeness has been around in the world of gaming, Both consoles and PC’s have a place with us.

    The first server would be a storagepod as before, Awesome as they are, the second one would become an Awesome Mailbox.

  • Marcus Andrus

    I would totally make a fish tank out of one of these!

  • Jason Sigman

    I’d stack several of them and glue carpet on the insides to create a cozy cat castle!

  • Use them as a Grill for evening Parties on hot summer nights in Israel, Left Side as Grill Right side as a Smoker for meat or Fish.

  • David W Ristau

    I like the colors.
    I’ll use them as ends for a stand up desk in my office.
    No sense filling them with drives since I’m already using the best backup service available: Backblaze

  • Fill it with power supplies and hard drives, then allow people to back up unlimited files to it for $4.95 per month.

  • Would use it to build an awesome NAS for my student apartment and a Bittorent Sync node

  • Shain Terry

    Rock solid enclosure for my CNC Plasma Controls or build a home back up system.

  • John Cooper

    I need a robust case for my Raspberry Pi

  • kimforreal

    modify the boxes slightly and use them multiply as planter boxes outside…..

  • Hawkwing

    If I had enough room in my apartment I’d totally want one.

  • To be clear: this is for the chassis only, and does not include the a power supply and disk controller? If so, is there any possibility supporting hardware could be included?

    • That’s right, it’s chassis only. The internal components have been reused (if possible) or recycled!

      • Chris Moore

        Can I get one of the 4.0 units. I understand that you guys didn’t like those after-all and went to a 4.5 design that switched back to a backplane set-up.