July 25, 2011, 1:00 PM —
Need some serious backup space? There are hundreds of companies offering online backup more and more cheaply every day, and BackBlaze.com is one of them. But they're different in they have pioneered ways to build out huge disk farms for relatively little money. Even better, they make their plans available so others can build the same disk storage units. ZDNET.com, among others, posted the story.
BackBlaze did this back in 2009, and they've done it again. Now, with 3 terabyte (TB) disks available and other advances since 2009, the BackBlaze Storage Pod can cram 135TB into a 4U rack mounted chassis. Heating and cooling, and vibration dampening, are up to the builder. When you put 45 drives in one chassis, at prices far below those big boys, geeks pay attention.
Smart. I would like 1% of what they probably pay for cooling the place! :-) TARGET="NEW">George Maluk on extremetech.com
Beware, high dollar storage vendors
If we had a similar solution for networking fabric then consumers and businesses could telll the likes of Amazon, M$ and other cloud providers what to do with their public offerings. There is surely a huge opportunity for a new company to undercut the usual suspects.
Johnfenjackson@... on zdnet.com
It's funny whenever I see these analyses they always leave out the cost it takes to keep people around who's job it is to keep this stuff running.
Fdumlao on zdnet.com
Are you ready to jump into a storage pool with 135TB of space? If not, how much disk space for under $7,400 will really get you excited?