Cloud storage provider Backblaze continues to share the wealth of information (not to mention hardware designs) it’s learning as it operates its 40,000-hard-drive, 100-petabyte storage service. On Wednesday, it shared its analysis of the 70-plus SMART data attributes that all hard drives report about their performance. Of those, Backblaze’s Brian Beach explained in a blog post, the company use five to predict failures, and the strongest might be related to uncorrectable read errors. “[O]nce SMART 187 goes above 0, we schedule the drive for replacement,” he wrote.
Backblaze has released its latest open source storage system design, which jams 180 terabytes into a single array at just 5 cents per gigabyte assembled.
Cloud backup provider Backblaze has moved into a new data center in Sacramento capable of storing 500 petabytes, or half an exabyte, of data. It’s not full yet (the company was storing 75 petabytes as of November), but the pace is picking up and it probably will be sooner than some might expect. The crazy part is that Backblaze isn’t even that big a company or that widely used a service. Facebook alone is building enough capacity to house 3 exabytes of data in each of its 3 cold storage facilities. Sometimes, I can’t help but think that we’re just digitally hoarding.
Cloud storage provider Backblaze is at again, this time detailing which models of hard drives last the longest in its open source storage pod arrays. If money were no object, it would probably be Hitachi all the way.
Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman came on the Structure this week to talk about everything from building open source storage pods to dealing with the CIA to how hard it easy it can be to waste $1 million marketing to the wrong people.
On this week’s podcast Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman who talks about when the CIA came calling, his most painful lessons, and how to underprice AWS and still make money.
Netflix’s decision to build its own caching boxes for optimizing its video delivery was in part influenced by the work of online backup provider Backblaze.
A storage startup called SageCloud is looking to deliver low-cost backup storage to the masses who want Facebook-like cold storage without resorting to tape, cloud services or building their own gear.
As more companies build their businesses on cloud infrastructure, it’s important to not only understand the technical decisions behind their architecture, but also the economic ones. That’s one of the topics we’ll explore at Structure.
Backblaze pioneered the concept of open source storage hardware in 2009, and its designs have caught on. Hundreds of institutions — including Netflix and Shutterfly — use the designs, which have just entered their third generation.