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Introducing Backblaze B2, the lowest cost cloud storage on the planet.

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For nearly a decade Backblaze has designed, built and profitably utilized our own cloud storage. Now, with B2 Cloud Storage, developers and IT personnel can use the lowest cost cloud storage on the planet: 1/4th the cost of anyone else. Here's how we do it.

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Introducing Backblaze B2, the lowest cost cloud storage on the planet.

  1. 1. @GlebBudman What When Who Storage Developer Conference September 23, 2015 Gleb Budman, CEO Learnings From Nearly A Decade Of Building Low-Cost Cloud Storage `
  2. 2. @GlebBudman 150+ PETABYTES
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  6. 6. @GlebBudman • Backblaze B2 is still 40% - 250% lower cost • Doesn’t make you wait for your data • Doesn’t penalize for deletes • Doesn’t penalize for access
  7. 7. @GlebBudman The Cloud Storage Stack Culture Business Process Software Hardware Datacenter
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  9. 9. @GlebBudman Goal: • Convert kilowatts-to-bits Considerations: • Local cost of power and real estate • Don’t ignore taxes, economic zones • Climate • Building and system efficiency • Proximity to ops team & good people • Connectivity Resource: Backblaze Datacenter RFP https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-datacenter-grows-1000x-datacenter-2-0-needed-apply-within/
  10. 10. @GlebBudman Hardware Connect Hard Drives to the Internet
  11. 11. @GlebBudman Backblaze Storage Pod
  12. 12. @GlebBudman Don’t Make Hardware Redundant
  13. 13. @GlebBudman Server Power Supply Desktop Power SupplyVS Use Commodity Parts
  14. 14. @GlebBudman Use Consumer Hard Drives
  15. 15. @GlebBudman Insource & Do the Math for Drive Purchases
  16. 16. @GlebBudman Goal: • Connect hard drives to the Internet Considerations: • Don’t make hardware redundant • Use commodity parts • Use consumer hard drives • Insource & use math for drive purchases Resource: Backblaze Storage Pod https://www.backblaze.com/storage-pod.html/
  17. 17. @GlebBudman http://www.pbs.org/wgbh/nova/body/brain-transplants.htm Software Put All Intelligence Here
  18. 18. @GlebBudman Backblaze Vault
  19. 19. @GlebBudman Avoid Choke Points
  20. 20. @GlebBudman Algorithmically Monitor SMART Stats
  21. 21. @GlebBudman VS Plan for Silent Corruption
  22. 22. @GlebBudman Put Replication Above the File System http://infosthetics.com/archives/2009/06/a_visual_expedition_inside_the_linux_file_systems.html
  23. 23. @GlebBudman Run Out of Resources Simultaneously
  24. 24. @GlebBudman Model & Monitor Storage Burn
  25. 25. @GlebBudman Goal: • Put all intelligence here Considerations: • Avoid choke points • Algorithmically monitor SMART stats • Plan for Silent Corruption • Put replication above the file system • Run out of resources simultaneously • Model & monitor storage burn Resource: Backblaze Vault https://www.backblaze.com/blog/vault-cloud-storage-architecture/
  26. 26. @GlebBudman Business Processes Optimize for TCO
  27. 27. @GlebBudman Design for Failure…
  28. 28. @GlebBudman …But Fix Failures Quickly
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  33. 33. @GlebBudman Goal: • Optimize for TCO Resource: Backblaze Drive Process https://www.backblaze.com/blog/alas-poor-stephen-is-dead/ Considerations: • Design for failure, but fix failures quickly • Create repeatable repairs (drive swap, chassis swap) • Standardize pod chassis • ROI drives automation • Workflow for storage buffer (different buffer types; e.g. 11 PB in a day)
  34. 34. @GlebBudman Image by Michael Cara https://www.flickr.com/photos/michael_cala/
  35. 35. @GlebBudman No Hardware Worshippers
  36. 36. @GlebBudman http://365datacenters.com/blog/local-cloud-storage-beats-public-cloud/ Agile Extends to Hardware
  37. 37. @GlebBudman Relentless Focus on Cost • Is this required? • Is there a comparable lower cost option? • Can business processes work around this? • Can software work around this?
  38. 38. @GlebBudman Culture Goal: • Question “conventional wisdom” Considerations: • No hardware worshippers • Agile extends to hardware • Relentless focus on cost Resource: Backblaze Agile Hardware Process https://www.backblaze.com/blog/designing-the-next-storage-pod/
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  41. 41. @GlebBudman Learnings from nearly a decade of building low-cost cloud storage. Backblaze.com/B2 => Lowest cost cloud storage Backblaze.com/blog => Cloud storage resources Gleb Budman @glebbudman Gleb.Budman@Backblaze.com

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