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Yes, Backblaze Just Ordered 100 Petabytes of Hard Drives

Yes, Backblaze Just Ordered 100 Petabytes of Hard Drives
Backblaze ordered just 100 petabytes of hard drives, and yes, we’ll be using almost all of them in Q4. In fact, we will begin the process of sourcing Q1 hard drive orders over the next few weeks. What are we doing with all those hard drives? let’s take a look. Our first 10 Petabyte BackBlaze Vault Ken clicked the submit button and 10 Petabytes BackBlaze cloud storage was ready online to accept customer data. Ken (aka The Pod Whisperer) is one of our datacenter operations managers at BackBlaze, and with this he activated BackBlaze Vault 1093 in a single click, built with a 1,200 Seagate 10TB drive (model – ST10000NM0086) . After formatting and configuration of the disk, there is 10.12 petabytes of free space left for customer data. Back in 2011, when Kane started on BackBlaze, he was amazed that we had received 10 petabytes as data storage. Seagate 10 TB drives that we deployed in Vault 1093 are helium-filled drives. We previously deployed 45 HGST 8TB helium-filled drives, where we learned one of the benefits of using helium drives – they consume less power than traditional air-filled drives. Here is a quick comparison of the power consumption of several high-density drive models we use: The 1,200 Seagate 10 TB drives are just the beginning. The next backblaze vault will be configured with a 12 TB drive that will give us 12.2 petabytes of storage in a single vault. We are currently building two to three Backblaze Vaults a month in our cloud storage system, so we will need more drives. When we finished our “Drive Math”, we decided to place an order for 100 drivebaits with 10 and 12 TB models. Gleb came out as forceful as our CEO and occasional blogger who signed the largest purchase order in the company’s history. Wait until he sees one for Q1. 400 Petabytes of Cloud Storage When we added the Backblaze Vault 1093, we crossed over 400 petabytes of total available storage. For those of you who are scoring at home, we have reached 350 petabytes 3 months ago, as you can see in the chart below. Backblaze vault primer The storage capacity we have added over the last two years is on our backblaze vault architecture, with vault 1093 being the 60th that we have put into service. Each Backblaze Vault consists of 20 Backblaze Storage Pods that are logically grouped together into one storage system. Today, each storage pod has sixty 3 each “hard drives, giving 1,200 drives to each vault. The vault was built on storage pods with 45 hard drives for a total of 900 drives in the vault. A backblaze vault accepts data directly from an authenticated user. Each data drop (object, file, group of files) is divided into 20 sharks (17 data sharks and 3 parity sharks) using our eraser coding library. Each of the 20 sharks is stored on a separate storage pod in the vault. At any given time, multiple vaults are ready to receive data storage requests. Drive statistics for new drives In our Q3 2017 Drive Stats report, in late October, we will begin reporting on the 10 TB drives we are adding. It looks like 12 TB drives will come online in Q4. We can get a better look at the 8 TB consumer and enterprise drives that we are following. stay tuned. Other big data cloud We have always been transparent in backlash, including how much data we store, how we store it, even how much it costs to do so. Very few people do this. But, if you have information about how much data is stored in the cloud of a company or organization, let us know in the comments. Please include the source and ensure that the data is not considered proprietary. If we get enough tidbits, we’ll publish a “big cloud” list.


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