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Happy Thanksgiving from Backblaze

Post Syndicated from Molly Clancy original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/happy-thanksgiving-from-backblaze/

To all of our readers: Happy Thanksgiving from all of us here at Backblaze! We’re taking some time to be with our families and friends, and we hope you are, too.

If your people are anything like ours, we imagine you might be getting asked to fix grandma’s antique desktop computer or explain what the deal is with TikTok to that one bookish friend. Maybe you’re one of those blended families who are still trying to figure out how to share your iPhone pictures with the Android users or vice-versa.

Never fear—we’ve compiled a list of posts that might come in handy when you’re called upon to be an unofficial IT admin to family or friends. Consider this your guide to being your family’s IT superhero. (Caution: If you do too good a job, they may will definitely keep coming to you).

Fortunately, unofficial IT admin is not a thankless job—prepare to have thanks showered upon you for making the internet work and quite possibly saving Thanksgiving. Don’t forget to set yourself up well for the future by referring them all to Backblaze Personal Backup. (Or, just gift it to them and then set it up, since you’re already helping.) Just make sure you get an extra serving of pumpkin pie out of the deal.

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Holiday Gift Guide 2022

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/holiday-gift-guide-2022/

The holidays: They start earlier every single year. Two weeks before Halloween, I started seeing gingerbread houses at the store. And you know someone really waited until the last minute to buy Halloween candy when they’re giving out candy canes. Gift giving is not my love language (I’m more of a quality time person), so finding the right things for my friends and family for the holidays fills me with a certain sense of angst. Luckily for me, I’m able to outsource some of the “what’s cool” contemplation to my coworkers, and you get to benefit! So without further ado, let’s get into the annual Backblaze Holiday Gift Guide for 2022 as proposed by a smorgasbord of Backblazers.

Tech and Gadgets

Synology NAS

Data. You know it. You love it. You have it. If you want a local device to help with your 3-2-1 backup strategy, this entry-level Synology NAS device is a great bet.

Insta 360 X3

Wide-angle and 360-degree videos are all the rage right now. If you have a shutterbug in your life, this is a great gift so they have something in their pocket, ready to capture the next viral video. After all, the best camera is the one you have with you.

Bose SoundLink Speaker

For the audiophile in your life that wants to throw a houseparty without having to set up a bunch of speaker wires, this speaker will fill the room and keep you groovin’. Or, for quieter types, it delivers your favorite murder podcast with sharp clarity.

Alfred

This app for the macOS helps you take control of your Mac and boosts your efficiency by allowing you to set up custom actions, text expansion, and hotkeys.

Valve Steam Deck

For the gamer who has everything, this is a mini computer you can travel with. It plays all of your Steam games, and it’s a great portable way to get through your backlog of games you’ve bought on sale and never had a chance to play. Although we know you’ll (or they’ll) just play Vampire Survivors the whole time.

Remarkable 2

Note taking. Has it been solved? The Remarkable 2 takes a run at making your notes and meetings easier to remember. This digital notepad is an easy way to take notes and sync them across devices.

Rocketbook

Another solution for note taking: The Rocketbook (we recommend red) allows you to use a washable pen on special paper, so you can take notes, scan them, send them to the location of your choosing, and then erase the page to start over.

Ember Mug (in red, obviously)

Everyone’s favorite, an Ember mug. This keeps your drinks warm, and most importantly, if you get the red one, (we recommend red, of course) you’ll be helping global pandemic relief!

Toys and Fun Stuff

The Office Lego Set

In case you don’t get enough of the office while at the office, you can make an office in your home office, and this one will have all your favorite pals from The Office! My home office is my kitchen table, but turning it into a Lego workshop is a much better use of space.

Woobles

What better gift to give than the gift of knowledge…of crocheting? I have purchased this and am in the middle of learning to crochet. It’s fun and more importantly, adorable.

The Ted Lasso Game

We believe in believe too, Ted! The Ted Lasso party game is a fun gift in that you can open it right up and start playing. This game is full of positive vibes, just like the show. Help your players be their best selves, and maybe learn a bit about your friends and family along the way.

Blipblox

Do you have or know someone that has a little DJ brewing at their house? This Blipblox is a music exploration tool for kids as young as three years old. Help them learn all about music and get some more synth into your life!

Flying Orb Ball Toys

This tiny orb ball spins and gently glides towards a target. That makes it easy to catch and a great way to build up hand-eye coordination.

Stuff You Can Wear

Birkenstocks

What do you get the person who has everything? Another pair of Birkenstocks. With winter approaching, sandals may not be top of mind, but these are part of the standard spring and summer kit that we see around our San Mateo office.

Allbirds

Sandals not your thing? How about shoes that you can snuggle and hug? These Allbirds are part of the fluff collection, made with fluffy wool. You’ll love ’em!

Bart Bridge Patch

A patch for every occasion, and location. You probably live somewhere, and that place probably has a patch made by Bart Bridge. Show some local pride, or gift your friends a hat with a patch of that one place where that one thing happened which you will never forget, but will also never discuss.

Food and Drink

Panettone

Some say that the way to a person’s heart is through their tummy. The Panettone comes highly recommended by tummies everywhere, and just look at all those seeds! The best part about this gift is that when you hand it over, you can make a strong case about opening it and sharing.

Smoked Fish

If you have not heard of Goldbelly, it’s a great way to order food from your favorite restaurants, no matter where they are. Want to impress your holiday guests? Get this whitefish and salmon salad platter from Zucker’s in New York.

Coffee Beans

Everyone loves a good stocking stuffer, and one that we don’t think gets enough credit is getting a nice bag of coffee beans. This coffee comes highly recommended and, best of all, it’s available on Amazon for your grinding, brewing, and sipping pleasure.

Fellowship Foundry Pewter Mug

For the nerdy folks in your life, a pewter drinking mug. If you’re sitting around a Dungeons & Dragons table, you want to make sure that you’re drinking the part.

Give the Gift of Backblaze

And of course, help your friends and family back up their data with Backblaze Computer Backup. They’ll thank you for helping make sure they never lose a file again.

Happy Gift-Giving From Backblaze

I hope this gift guide helped spark some creative ideas for the upcoming gift-giving season. Comment below and tell me what gifts you’ll be looking to pick up for your friends and loved ones this year (we won’t tell them). And stay tuned for a forthcoming Backblaze Book Guide—we had so many book submissions this year, we decided to start the first annual Bookblaze Roundup.

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Meet Our Independent Board Members

Post Syndicated from Ramya Ramamoorthy original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/meet-our-independent-board-members/

As a Backblaze reader, you may be familiar with our executive team—many of them were in the news, especially when we went public back in November 2021. You may have also come across some of our employees on our LinkedIn page (we’re hiring, by the way!).

But you may not be familiar with our independent board members. These experienced executive leaders play a key role in the success of Backblaze. Today, we’re excited to introduce our board members so you can learn more about them and how they’ve helped make Backblaze the company it is today.

Who Are Our Independent Board Members?

At Backblaze, we have four independent board members who work closely with the executive leadership team. As board members, they occupy a role that’s intentionally separate from our employees and founders. They provide an independent viewpoint and advise the executive team on topics such as strategy, operations, and governance. Two of our executive team members are also on the board, but what makes the independent board members different is that they don’t work for the company as employees.

Jocelyn Carter-Miller


Jocelyn grew up on the South Side of Chicago. During her childhood, she was surrounded by many successful role models. She grew up in a segregated Black community called Chatham Avalon. It’s the same community where Muhammad Ali, the Johnsons from Johnsons Publishing Company, Mahalia Jackson, and Jesse Jackson also lived and worked. The first black MBA graduate from the University of Chicago (the same university that Jocelyn attended for her MBA) lived on the same block as Jocelyn. Being a part of a Black community where everyone was accepted, supported, and loved gave her a strong sense of self-confidence and self-worth.

She also attended racially and economically diverse elementary and high schools in the Hyde Park community. This exposure to White, Latino, Black, and internationally diverse students gave her perspectives into the value of different cultures—and showed her that success had many different faces.

Today, Jocelyn serves on the Backblaze board as the Lead Independent Director. She also serves as the Chair of the Compensation Committee and as a member of the Audit Committee and Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee.

Jocelyn began her career as a Board Member when an organization called Catalyst reached out to her. Catalyst is a nonprofit that supports diverse candidates in ascending to senior corporate leadership. They contacted her about joining a financial services board. At that point, Jocelyn had a lot on her plate—she was the Chief Marketing Officer at a Fortune 500 company as well as a wife and mother of two young daughters. Although she was not interested in pursuing this opportunity due to her demanding schedule, Catalyst still convinced her to at least do an interview. A couple of months after her interview, Catalyst let her know that she got the role. Though taking on the role was going to be a stretch, she knew it was about more than simply serving on a board—it was about setting an example for representation at the very top. She decided to join the board, and since then, she has served on five corporate boards including various Fortune 500 boards.

While Jocelyn was a Board Member at Arlo Technologies, the CEO Matthew McRae told her about the opportunity to join the Backblaze board. Jocelyn decided to meet with Gleb and the rest of the leadership team. She says of that initial meeting: “They were all so enthusiastic and they seemed to have such high integrity about what they were doing, their vision, the culture, and the way they treated their employees.” Of her time on the board so far, Jocelyn continues, “I’m glad that I did. It has been fun.”

Jocelyn explains that what makes her unique is that she brings a distinctive perspective to the boardroom as a Black woman who grew up on the South Side of Chicago. She understands what it’s like being a person of color in an environment that may not welcome or accept all of who she is. “I try to use my cultural experience as well as my gender experience to drive for an environment that allows equity for everyone, one that feels inclusive, accepting, and offers you both the opportunity to demonstrate your abilities to perform at high levels and rewards and promotes you for that,” she said. She always tries to drive and push an inclusive, equitable, and fair culture for everyone.

Jocelyn is a creative individual. She loves art and has a strong passion for interior design. Most recently, she worked with one of her friends and former colleagues on an app called Seek and Find Design that helps customers save time and money locating beautiful and inexpensive decor, while also allowing them to enhance their design sense with a community of like-minded people.

Earl Fry


Earl grew up in Honolulu, Hawaii and earned his undergraduate degree from the University of Hawaii. He worked for a couple of years in public accounting as a CPA, after which he moved to the Bay Area to earn his MBA at Stanford University. Once he graduated, he became intrigued by the tech industry and has been a part of it ever since.

At Backblaze, he serves as an independent board member. He sits on all of the Company’s committees—the Nominating and Corporate Governance Committee, Compensation Committee, and Audit Committee.

He started his career as a board member back in 2005. At the time, he was the CFO and Head of Operations at Informatica. One of the board members at Informatica founded his own SaaS company and thought Earl would be a great candidate to join the board. A few years later, he was asked to join the board of a regional bank based in Honolulu, Hawaii. The company was looking for someone who had financial experience for a public company as well as ties to Hawaii. Since Earl grew up in Hawaii and most of his family still lived there, he wanted to take this opportunity as a way to help the local business community.

Thirty years prior to joining the Backblaze board, Earl worked with Barbara Nelson, one of our other board members. Fast forward to when Backblaze was looking for another board member, and Barbara recommended Earl. After Earl spoke with Gleb, he was struck by how different and special Backblaze was: “Having been in Silicon Valley for so long, you get a little jaded sometimes in terms of how companies are founded and how things are put together. What struck me about Backblaze is that the team is so real and genuine. I just have a ton of respect for how the Founders pulled it all together.”

Growing up in Hawaii and attending public school there, Earl met people from all different backgrounds in terms of race, gender, or socioeconomic status. This made him aware of diversity as well as the biases that people may have toward certain groups. He brings this awareness into his work as a board member where he is well-positioned to be able to identify biases and work within the system to constructively foster change.

In his spare time, Earl likes to go fishing, practice rockhounding, and go fossil hunting. He picked up these hobbies as stress relievers. He calls himself a “closet paleontologist.” When he needs a break, he loves going out to the desert to disconnect from life’s demands and connect to nature and himself. He also enjoys gardening, drinking and collecting wine, and spending time with his family.

Evelyn D’An


Evelyn is the Chair of the Audit Committee at Backblaze. She also serves as a member on the Company’s Compensation Committee. She was raised in the Bronx and both of her parents are from the beautiful island of Puerto Rico. As a kid, she enjoyed math and was fortunate to attend The Bronx High School of Science, a magnet high school specializing in math and science. She attended SUNY – Albany, where she gained exposure to the business side of math and decided to focus her career on accounting. She joined Ernst & Young, one of the largest public accounting firms, and worked there for 18 and a half years. During her tenure, she became the first Hispanic female audit partner in the U.S. Southeast region.

Evelyn had already left Ernst & Young to start her own consulting business when the Sarbanes-Oxley Act was enacted in 2002, which aimed to prevent fraudulent financial reporting from businesses. At the time, there were a number of highly public misstatements of financial reports. The world of public accounting was turned upside down, and this also led to a strong need for financial expertise in the boardroom. Evelyn had the skills, experience, and credentials that companies were looking for on their boards. She got her first board position through her network in 2006, and has served on many boards over the past 16 years.

Over the years, she has seen an increase in the number of women in the boardroom. However, she believes that there needs to be more work done in getting underrepresented groups into the boardroom. Still, she believes there is hope: “One of the biggest supporters to encouraging diversity in the boardroom are the large investment banks of the world who are calling out their own portfolio companies and saying that if they don’t have diverse candidates on their board, then they will no longer invest in those companies,” she said. The pressure also comes from employees and candidates, which has made employers initiate or rethink their diversity and inclusion efforts.

Evelyn served as a Co-Chair for BoardNext, an organization that works with aspiring female directors to earn their first board seat. She loves helping her network find various board opportunities. She believes that diversity is so important in the boardroom because it allows everyone to bring in a different perspective. For example, if a company serves international customers, then having people from different cultures helps bring discussions to the boardroom about how they can serve customers in those cultures, what their needs are, and how they can share our value proposition with them.

Evelyn loves to travel, exercise (she’s almost at her 200th SoulCycle ride!), and spend time with her family and six-year-old grandson. Video chatting with him always makes her day better. She is also fortunate enough to still have her mom with her—who lives in the building next door—and they talk daily. Evelyn also enjoys cooking with friends and is working towards expanding her cooking skills beyond the basics. She’d love to learn to make Mediterranean food and sushi!

Barbara Nelson


Barbara grew up all around the world as her father was in the military. She was born in Japan and after that, she lived in many different places within the U.S. and Canada. She went to eight different schools before attending college.

Like Evelyn, Barbara always loved math, and she got her degree in Electrical Engineering from Stanford. As one of the only few women in engineering, she saw early on the diverse voice that a woman brings and the challenges in having that voice be heard.

Barbara started her journey as a board member at ACE Technologies. She happened to know one of the venture capitalists who invested in the company and he encouraged her to join the board. Since then, she has served on a total of five corporate boards, and held the title of CEO on two of them.

Barbara came across the opportunity to join Backblaze through a connection she’s had for 30 years. Gleb had reached out to a trusted colleague looking for a board member and explained the background he was looking for in his ideal candidate. Barbara came recommended, and she and Gleb started a conversation about joining the Backblaze board. “I was extremely impressed by how Gleb and the founders had built such a great culture, while delivering impressive and consistent growth with only $3M of outside funding,” said Barbara. Today, Barbara is the Chair of the Nominating and Governance Committee. In addition, she is a member of the Audit Committee.

Barbara explained that as a woman, she strives to look out and advocate for other underrepresented groups and points of view. She believes that having diverse people in the boardroom helps bring a lens that looks out for inclusion.

Barbara has a passion for traveling, and she’s been to over 90 countries. She just got back from Brazil where she was tracking jaguars and tropical birds. In the future, she wants to go back and visit some of the countries that she’s been to and explore other parts of those places. In particular, she’s interested in going back to Australia to explore the Kimberley region and Western Australia. She also plays keyboard and sings for two bands—one is a classic rock band and the other is a church band. She said that if she could switch places with someone for their talent, it would be Yuja Wang, a classical pianist, or Rihanna during one of her performances. “What fun to be a REAL rock star for a day!”

So You Want to Become a Board Member at a Company? Here’s How.

All of the independent board members have had different experiences and journeys, but the one thing they all had in common was that they earned their opportunities through their networks. Here’s some of their advice on how to become a board member, if you’re interested.

Before becoming a part of a board, Evelyn recommends thinking through your “why.” Being a board member is a lot of work, so it’s important to think about your reason behind starting this journey. The second step that Evelyn suggests is thinking about what companies you’d like to work with. Consider companies and industries that align with your values, what’s important to you, and how you could potentially bring the most value to that particular organization. Lastly, she recommends going deep into corporate governance. A potential board member would need to have all their education, their network with various organizations, and knowledge about hot topics in the industry.

Earl’s advice is simple: do a really good job at work. “You never know who’s watching or where your connections will come into play,” he said. “It helps to become an expert in a couple of areas and to have very deep skills. It’s just as important to be seen as it is to get a broad understanding of how different parts of the business work together and how they are interrelated and impact each other.” He also emphasized the importance of being a good communicator and team member because what makes a board member valuable is their ability to communicate and listen well. He further explained, “Remember that the fundamental job of a board member is to be a fiduciary. The best ways that you can do that are to listen, advise, and influence.”

So how does one build their network? Evelyn suggests building your network both inside and outside of work. Internally, it’s great to connect with peers and form a network that way. Outside of work, Evelyn recommends joining organizations that are focused on corporate governance and attending events that are related to that subject. For example, you could become a member of the National Association of Corporate Directors or the Women Corporate Directors, both of which are organizations that Jocelyn and Evelyn are active members of. She also encourages people to have different types of networks because you never know where your next opportunity is going to come from. She said, “If you want something, you must say it, you must speak it, and you must share it with all of your networks.”

Being a board member is a challenging yet rewarding position. It allows one to have influence on not only a company, but also others like the shareholders, employees, customers, and the world at large.

Thank You to Our Board

We appreciate all that our board members do—Backblaze wouldn’t be where it is today without them! Thank you to our board members for helping our readers get to know them better and for bringing their diverse perspectives and knowledge to help make Backblaze a more successful company.

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Welcoming Chief Human Resources Officer Robert Fitt to Backblaze

Post Syndicated from Patrick Thomas original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcoming-chief-human-resources-officer-robert-fitt-to-backblaze/

Backblaze is happy to announce that Robert Fitt has joined our team as our first Chief Human Resources Officer (CHRO). Robert will lead the company’s strategic advancement for all aspects of human resources (HR), including hiring, people management and development, engagement, health and wellness initiatives, and outreach to the community.

We’re Growing—But We’re Still The Same Backblaze

Backblaze is recognized for talent retention and company culture—in the past few years we’ve received numerous awards for culture, diversity, and leadership from places like Comparably, Inc., Great Place to Work, and others. The addition of a seasoned CHRO will help us to continue this excellent trend as well as enabling our next phase of growth initiatives following our recent IPO in November 2021.

“Culture is critical in times of rapid growth and we want to continue scaling our world-class organization and great team alongside our growth as the leading independent storage cloud.” Gleb Budman, our CEO and Chairperson commented. “Robert is an experienced leader with the skills to help us do that. We are excited to welcome him to Backblaze.”

The Skills Robert Brings to Backblaze

Robert has a long track record of success in helping organizations scale rapidly while also championing healthy company culture. His executive experience includes leading HR functions at Turntide Technologies, 360 Behavioral Health, Mobilite, Broadcom Corporation and others. Additionally, Robert founded and managed Green Talent Co, an independent talent and HR advisory firm. Robert has scaled and led HR teams across the US, Canada, Asia, and Europe in software, hardware, telecomms, and healthcare industries. He brings a people first philosophy to everything he does, and is fiercely passionate about the employee and candidate experience.

“I’m proud to be joining a company that is committed to developing talent at all levels of the organization,” Robert said in reference to joining Backblaze. “I’m looking forward to working with leaders who have been recognized for promoting diversity, culture, and inclusion as we continue to focus on people and culture as a strategic priority.”

Robert earned his bachelor’s degree in Human Resources Management from Staffordshire University, and his Master’s degree in employment law from the University of East Anglia. He also volunteers as a pro bono HR consultant for Catchafire, a social good platform that matches professionals with nonprofits to volunteer their services.

Originally from the UK, Robert and his family hit the road 14 years ago and he is now based in Los Angeles, where he resides with wife, three boys, (ages 8, 17, 20) and two dogs. Taking advantage of the wonderful Southern California weather, Robert enjoys keeping fit, cycling, and sharing his eclectic music taste.

Backblaze Is Hiring

From day one, Backblaze has worked hard to bring our values to life, creating a transparent, sustainable, innovative (and dare we say flat-out good) place to work. Want to join the team? Check out our open opportunities.

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Announcing Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group – Come Join Us!

Post Syndicated from Greg Hamer original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/announcing-backblaze-b2-virtual-user-group-come-join-us/


Please join us on the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Pacific time for the free worldwide Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group!

At Backblaze, we work hard to make Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage as easy to implement as possible. However, what is easy for some can be a challenge for others. Wouldn’t it be great if you could have a forum where experienced professionals walk you through the best ways to fully leverage the power of Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage? Or have an open supportive meetup where you can ask questions and get answers from others that can share tips on their successes and failures with you?

To help make it easier for Backblaze B2 users to succeed, we are launching a free monthly Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group.

How to Sign Up for the Backblaze B2 Virtual User Group

If you think this user group may be of interest, please sign up using the form on the user group home page. Since our user group is an open community, registration for our meetings is not mandatory. However, signing up will help us keep you up to date about upcoming meetings and help us better address the needs of the community. Also, individuals who sign up will be added to a private, members-only Slack channel where user group members can communicate with each other easily outside of meetings.

Another option for you is to just bookmark the user group homepage and watch for meeting dates, topics and get the public “Meeting Room Link,” Attending as an observer is OK, too.

What to Expect at the Virtual User Group:

No matter where you are, this user group is for you. As a worldwide virtual user group, all you need to have is the link for the monthly meeting currently scheduled for the third Wednesday of each month at 10 a.m. Pacific time and you are good to go. It’s that easy!

Typically, meetings will have 1 hour and 15 minutes of content.

Backblaze team members will attend each meeting, so attending user group meetings will be a great way to get direct access to Backblaze’s technical personnel who deliver world-class Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage for you.

Because Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage is versatile and there are so many use cases, each meeting will focus on a different topic. Please check our user group home page and just join those meetings that are of interest to you. For our initial three meetings, we will focus first on developers, then on media and entertainment hosting and storage, and later on backup and archive.

Additional topics will be announced in the months ahead on our user group home page. If you have a topic not covered in our initial meetings, please let your voice be heard and mention it now in a comment below.

Why You Should Come

These virtual user group meetings will be a great way for you to meet and hear from people who successfully deliver solutions that you may want to better deliver or improve on your team’s workloads.

If you have solutions or helpful use cases you would be willing to share with others, our Backblaze Evangelism team is eager to hear from you.

You now have your official invitation! So please join our user community! We look forward to meeting you at our next user group meeting.

If you know anyone who may be interested in joining our user group meetings, we would appreciate your sharing this announcement with them.

Blaze on!

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The 2022 Backup Survey: 54% Report Data Loss With Only 10% Backing Up Daily

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/the-2022-backup-survey-54-report-data-loss-with-only-10-backing-up-daily/

Every June, for Backup Awareness Month, we work with The Harris Poll to gauge the state of backups in the U.S. This is the 14th year of that survey, where we ask simply: “How often do you back up all the data on your computer?”

On occasion, we’ll throw some additional questions into the mix as well, and this year we focused on the confusion we often see between sync and backup services, along with respondents’ history of data loss. The backup frequency results of this year’s survey show that trends are holding pretty steady, but the rest of the results…very interesting!

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How Backup Frequency Is Trending in 2022

When looking solely at backup frequency, the results are mostly neutral this year when compared to 2021. We see a slight 1% increase in computer owners that are backing up on a yearly basis, but that same 1% decrease in those that are backing up daily. The rest of the results were pretty consistent from year to year.

The main issue we’re seeing here is that the number of computer owners who have never backed up their computer appears to have stopped decreasing, meaning that about 20% of people are still at risk of losing all of their data in the event of a computer crash or loss.

Results are among computer owners.

Some people aren’t into reading charts, so we also have this handy table:

Results are among computer owners.

If you’re not a fan of tables, but do like pie, here’s a comparison of the 2022 data compared to when we first started in 2008:


It’s nice to see the mix changing so much over time, especially with the “never” category fading. While the number of daily backups is still not anywhere close to where we’d like it, the data indicates that:

Overall, computer owners are backing up more frequently than a decade ago. However, as our astute readers know, the longer you go without creating a backup, the more data you are prone to losing should disaster strike.

Who’s “Best” at Backing Up?

Last year, we pored through the data to try and build a “profile” of the person who was most likely to be a “backer upper,” which we had defined as a person who owns a computer and backs it up at least once a day. What we found is that we were looking for:

  • A woman between 35-44 years of age (21% likely to back up versus 9% of those 18-34 and 6% of those 55-64)…
  • Who lives in the Western United States (17% more likely to back up vs. the South and Midwest at 9% and 7%, respectively)…
  • With a household income of over $100K (13% likely to back up their data versus those households of $50K-$74.9K which are at 6%).

Has that changed over the last year? Well, in 2022, the data suggest no statistically significant deviations that we can pull out, so maybe that’s good news across the spectrum?

Is Confusion a Cause for Concern?

While the number of people backing up at least once is good, we think there might still be some confusion in the world about how exactly they are backing up their data and what is getting backed up. We wanted to dive a bit deeper. When looking at the Americans who own a computer:

  • 80% backed up all the data on that computer at least once.
    • 41% of those folks fully back it up once a month or more often.
  • 57% who have ever backed up use a “cloud-based” system as their primary backup.
  • 12% of computer owners use a cloud backup service like Backblaze as their primary backup, and among those who do:
    • 52% say their service automatically backs up all the data on their computer.
    • 25% say it backs up only the data they select with no limitations.
    • 9% say it backs up only the data they select but with some limits.
    • 3% marked “other” and more concerningly…
    • 10% are not sure at all.

    With 57% of computer owners using “the cloud” to back up their data, but only 12% of those using a cloud backup service, we’re left to wonder, what are the others using? In many cases, it’s a cloud drive or cloud sync service which may not actually be performing basic automated backup tasks.

    Refresher: Backup vs. Sync

    We’ve often discussed the differences between sync and backup—how both of them are useful tools, but very different. While sync services are great for collaborating on and sharing data, they are not true backup services in that they’re typically not automated, and don’t provide the same level of protection as dedicated backup services can. And, be careful about only having data in one location—44% lost access to their data when a shared or synced drive was deleted. For more information, read our cloud backup vs. cloud sync blog post!

    Even of those using a proper cloud backup solution, 48% may not be backing up all their data, and 10% of folks aren’t sure at all what their cloud backup service is doing. Yikes.

    We then asked those who use one of the listed backups (i.e., “the cloud,” external hard drive, or NAS) about their confidence level that the service they use is set up to protect all the data on their computer, and 61% of people were not very confident. The numbers are broken down below:

    • 39% were very confident.
    • 48% were somewhat confident.
    • 13% were not at all or not very confident.

    That’s not a ton of confidence, and maybe now is a good time to remind folks to check their backups and to test a restore!

    Why Is Backing Up Important?

    This year’s survey results continue to show us that having a good backup strategy in place, whether for a business or an individual, is a great way to mitigate against different data disasters. Especially when you consider that of Americans who own a computer:

    • 67% report accidentally deleting something.
    • 54% report having lost data.
    • 53% were affected by a security incident.
    • 48% had an external hard drive crash.
      • 21% of those crashes have happened in the last year.
    • 44% lost access to their data when a shared drive or synced drive was deleted.

    External hard drives are a great local backup method, and we recommend them when we discuss having a 3-2-1 backup strategy, but as our own Hard Drive Stats indicate, even in our professional environment, they do fail. And with 48% of computer owners reporting that they experienced a similar failure on their home device, it underscores the importance of having an off-site backup like Backblaze, just in case.

    With over half of computer owners reporting a security incident as well and ransomware on the rise, there’s never been a more appropriate time to start backing up your computer. At Backblaze, we’re on a mission to make storing and using your data astonishingly easy, and we invite you to give our services a try!

    Survey Method:
    This year’s survey was conducted online within the United States by The Harris Poll on behalf of Backblaze from May 19-23, 2022, among 2,068 adults ages 18+, among whom 1,861 own a computer. The sampling precision of Harris online polls is measured by using a Bayesian credible interval. For this study, the sample data is accurate to within +2.8 percentage points using a 95% confidence level.

    Prior year’s surveys were conducted online by The Harris Poll on behalf of Backblaze among U.S. adults ages 18+ who own a computer in May 12-14, 2021 (n=1,870); June 1-3, 2020 (n=1,913); June 6-10, 2019 (n=1,858); June 5-7, 2018 (n=1,871); May 19-23, 2017 (n=1,954); May 13-17, 2016 (n=1,920); May 15-19, 2015 (n=2,009); June 2-4, 2014 (n=1,991); June 13–17, 2013 (n=1,952); May 31–June 4, 2012 (n=2,176); June 28–30, 2011 (n=2,209); June 3–7, 2010 (n=2,051); May 13–14, 2009 (n=2,154); and May 27–29, 2008 (n=2,723).

    For complete survey methodologies, including weighting variables and subgroup sample sizes, please contact Backblaze.

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    What Is a Yottabyte?

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-is-a-yottabyte/

    A Yottabyte, We Will Define

    A yottabyte (technically pronounced “yadda-a-bite,” not “yoda-bite,” but it’s the eve of May the Fourth and we couldn’t pass up a “Star Wars” reference) is a phenomenally huge number of bytes. As a refresher, a byte is a unit of digital storage made up of eight bits (short for binary digit which are either a one or a zero).

    The prefix “yotta” is the largest unit recognized by the International System of Units (SI). It denotes a factor of 1024 or 1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000 (that’s 24 zeroes in case your eyes are crossing) or one septillion (not reptilian).

    To compare, the last time we defined a big number, we looked at an exabyte, which is only a measly 1018.

    Put it in other units of measure, one yottabyte =

    • one million (1,000,000) zettabytes
    • one billion (1,000,000,000) exabytes
    • one trillion (1,000,000,000,000) petabytes
    • one quadrillion (1,000,000,000,000,000) terabytes
    • one quintillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000) gigabytes
    • one sextillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) megabytes
    • one septillion (1,000,000,000,000,000,000,000,000) bytes

    Feel the force of the zeroes, you will!

    To give you some examples of what these fantastic figures actually look like, we put together this infographic with some approximations to bring a yottabyte into perspective. Keep in mind, right now, nothing is actually measured in yottabyte scale—it’s a theoretical number that’s just sitting around waiting for the future of supercomputing to be put to good use.

    How Big is a Yottabyte

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    ”Judge Me by My Size, Do You?”

    “And, well, you should not,” in the words of Yoda. Now that you know what a yottabyte looks like, let’s look at how much data storage Backblaze has under management.

    Way back in 2010, we passed 10 petabytes of cloud backup data under management. It was a big deal at the time and we celebrated it on our blog. We made an infographic about it and thus began our infographic journey into the world of big numbers.

    10 Petabytes Visualized

    In 2012, we passed 75 petabytes and visualized the data as an iTunes gift card, as one does in 2012…

    iTunes Card

    Just five months after that, we passed 100 petabytes and compared it to Mt. Shasta…

    Mt. Shasta

    We were really on a roll—150 petabytes in early 2015, 200 before the end of that year. The storage was accelerating, and we couldn’t mark every milestone with a cool visual. That was, until we hit one exabyte in 2020.

    How Big is an Exabyte?

    And it hasn’t slowed down since then. Today, we have over two exabytes of data storage under management. We’re nowhere near a yottabyte yet, but like Yoda says, “Patience, you must have.”

    Two exabytes today. A yottabyte tomorrow. Maybe? Someday? Either way, you know we’ll be there with a handy infographic whenever the day comes.

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    Learn About Women in History With Us!

    Post Syndicated from Lora Maslenitsyna original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/learn-about-women-in-history-with-us/

    March was Women’s History Month, and throughout the month, Backblaze’s employee-led, internal Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) committee educated our team on the contributions of women throughout history. In a company-wide Slack channel, DEI committee leaders shared facts and resources about women who were pioneers in a range of fields.

    Many of our team members found these facts useful to inform and expand their own worldviews. Team members shared articles they found themselves, and some even used the content as part of their homeschooling curriculum. (As a bonus, the DEI Committee also surveyed employees to generate a word cloud that describes the women of Backblaze, which you can see in the image above.)

    The initiative was so popular with our team, we thought we would share some of the content with you even though we are well on our way into April, because any day is a good day to recognize the diverse range of women who have made contributions to our everyday lives, whether it’s still Women’s History Month or not.

    Keep reading to learn about important figures and events in the history of technology, Hollywood, politics, and more!

    Women in History

    In 1756, long before the women’s suffrage movement gained any traction, Lydia Chapin Taft was legally allowed to vote.
    Lydia Chapin Taft’s husband, Josiah Taft, was a prominent member of their community in Uxbridge, Massachusetts; he served several terms as a legislator and presided over town hall meetings. When he died, the townspeople agreed to permit Lydia Chapin Taft to vote in her husband’s place. The decision was made in keeping with the slogan of “no taxation without representation,” since Josiah Taft was the town’s largest taxpayer. Lydia Chapin Taft went on to cast several more votes, contributing to the town’s stance on important matters like financial contribution to the French and Indian War.
    Read more about Lydia Chapin Taft here.

    The 1900s brought significant milestones for women and money in the United States.
    In 1938, the federal minimum wage was established as a result of the passage of the Fair Labor Standards Act, eliminating many pay differences between men and women for hourly jobs. In the 1960s, women gained the right to open a bank account. Shortly after, in 1974, the Equal Credit Opportunity Act passed, which aimed to prohibit credit discrimination on the basis of gender. Before it passed, many banks granted credit cards to women only with their husbands’ signatures and outright refused to issue them to unmarried women.
    Read more about economic rights for women in the U.S. here.

    Wyoming refused to join the United States without a guarantee that women would be allowed to vote.
    In 1869, the territory of Wyoming made history when it passed a law granting women aged 21 and older the right to vote. That law was threatened two decades later when Wyoming applied for statehood. Congress stated that it wouldn’t allow the territory to join the Union unless women were disenfranchised. Wyoming called Congress out on its bluff, replying via telegram, “We will remain out of the Union one hundred years rather than come in without the women.” Congress relented and Wyoming became a state in 1890, with women’s right to vote intact. True to its past, Wyoming’s state motto today is simply, “Equal Rights.”
    Read more about Wyoming and women’s right to vote here.

    Source: Jet City Comics/Joao Vieira.

    The British suffragettes learned jiujitsu to defend themselves and evade arrest.
    Campaigning for women’s enfranchisement was a dangerous act back in the early 20th century. Many suffragettes in the UK were incarcerated, and some were even force fed in jail as punishment for their self-imposed hunger strikes. To protect women from going to jail and facing this abuse, which could have disastrous health consequences, one suffragette had the bright idea to teach her fellow protesters jiujitsu. Edith Margaret Garrud used her martial arts background to secretly train a unit of 30 members of the Women’s Social and Political Union in self defense. The group was alternately known as “The Bodyguard” and “The Amazons,” and was highly effective at resisting arrest.
    Read more about how suffragettes in the UK used martial arts to defend themselves here.

    Arabella Mansfield became the first female lawyer in the United States in 1869.
    Admitted to the Iowa bar, Mansfield made her career as a college educator and administrator. Despite an Iowa state law restricting the bar exam to males, Mansfield had taken it and earned high scores. Shortly after her court challenge, Iowa amended its licensing statute and became the first state to accept women and minorities into its bar.
    Read more about Arabella Mansfield here.

    In 1964, Patsy Mink became the first woman of color elected to the U.S. House of Representatives.
    Mink’s Congressional career spanned decades (1964–1977; 1990–2002). She was a key author for Title IX, a law that advanced gender equity within federal funding policies for education. This law was later renamed the Patsy T. Mink Equal Opportunity in Education Act in her honor.
    Read more about Patsy Mink here.

    No list of formidable Irish women would be complete without tomboy icon Gráinne Ní Mháille, aka Grace O’Malley, the notorious “Pirate Queen” of western Ireland.
    Born on Clare Island in 1530, O’Malley famously cut off her hair after her father refused to take her on a voyage in case her locks got caught in the ropes. In her prime, O’Malley commanded three galleys, 20 ships, and over 200 men against her perpetual nemesis—the English—and even met with Elizabeth I before living to the ripe old age of 73.
    Find out more about Grace O’Malley here.

    Cork, Ireland native Annie Moore became the first immigrant to be processed through the newly-opened Ellis Island in New York on January 1, 1892.
    Just 17 years old at the time, Moore looked after her two brothers on the ship voyage from Ireland to America, before going on to have 11 children of her own with German Catholic salesman Joseph Augustus Schayer. Moore died in 1924. Her previously unmarked grave was identified over eight decades later in 2006, and a Celtic Cross made from Irish Blue Limestone was later unveiled at her final resting place.
    You can read more about Annie Moore here.

    Source: Chicago Tribune.

    Tammy Duckworth, the Illinois senator and retired National Guard lieutenant colonel, is responsible for an impressive list of firsts.
    Duckworth is the first Congress member to be born in Thailand, the first to give birth while in office, the first Asian-American woman to represent Illinois in Congress, and the first woman with a disability to be elected to Congress. She lost both of her legs following a helicopter attack in the Iraq War. “People always want me to hide it in pictures,” she told Vogue in 2018. “I say no! I earned this wheelchair. It’s no different from a medal I wear on my chest. Why would I hide it?”
    Find out more about her here.

    In 1985, Wilma Mankiller became the first woman to be Principal Chief of the Cherokee Nation, leading the largest tribe in the United States.
    During Mankiller’s decade-long chiefdom from 1985 to 1995, “tribal enrollment grew, infant mortality dropped, and employment rates doubled,” according to Time. In 1998, she was awarded the Presidential Medal of Freedom by Bill Clinton.
    Learn more about Wilma Mankiller here.

    Women in Art

    Toshiko Takaezu was a trailblazer in ceramic art making during the 1970s.
    Takaezu is best known for creating large, closed-vessel sculptures. At the time, fellow artists expressed shock that a woman could make such large pieces, some taller than the artist herself. Takaezu merged aspects of Japanese tea ceremony, calligraphy, and American Abstract Expressionism to create a new style from these diverse art traditions. She had a long career as an artist and teacher at the Cleveland Institute of Art and Princeton University.
    Learn more about Toshiko Takaezu here.

    Emily Kauʻiomakaweliokauaionalaniokamanookalanipo Kukahiwa Zuttermeister, also known as Aunty Kauʻi, is a revered Kumu Hula (master hula teacher) from Hawaiʻi.
    Zuttermeister trained in the hula pahu tradition of Samuel Pua Haʻaheo before becoming a teacher in 1935. Zuttermeister helped revitalize ʻŌlelo Hawaiʻi (the Hawaiian language) and culture by teaching hula. She was part of a community of leaders who raised awareness about hula as a storytelling art form created by the Hawaiian people to recall and share their knowledge.
    Learn more about her here.

    No one did sultry better than Anna May Wong.
    The Los Angeles-born screen siren landed her breakthrough role at age 17 in 1922’s “The Toll of the Sea.” Wong was also quite the trend setter—in 1934, the Mayfair Mannequin Society of New York voted her the “world’s best-dressed woman,” a massive fashion world honor at the time. Success in Hollywood came, but certainly not equal to her talent. As her Turner Classic Movie biography sums it up, stateside audiences considered Wong either “too Chinese” or “too American.” In Europe, the actress received a wider range of roles and due critical acclaim.
    Learn more about Anna May Wong here.

    Best known as the frontwoman of 4 Non Blondes, Linda Perry’s prolific behind-the-scenes work—as both a songwriter and producer—helped define modern pop music.
    Perry worked on hit songs with P!nk, Christina Aguilera, and Alicia Keys. While a woman has never won a Grammy for Producer of the Year (Non-classical), in 2019, Perry received a nomination for the award from the Recording Academy. The singer-songwriter is one of a handful of women to achieve success in production and with her own music.
    Learn more about Linda Perry here.

    Delia Derbyshire was an innovator in electronic music who pushed the boundaries of technology and composition.
    Derbyshire is most well-known for her electronic arrangement of the theme for “Doctor Who,” an important example of Musique Concrète. Each note was individually crafted by cutting, splicing, and stretching, or compressing, segments of analogue tape which contained recordings of a plucked string, oscillators, and white noise.
    Learn more about Delia Derbyshire here.

    During a two-decade career that began in the mid-1960s, Sonia Pottinger held the distinction of being Jamaica’s first female record producer.
    Cutting tracks with the likes of Joe White & Chuck and Culture, her production spanned a variety of Jamaican genres, from rock-steady to ska to reggae.
    Read more about Sonia Pottinger here.

    Geena Davis starred in two movies about female empowerment: “Thelma & Louise” and “A League of Their Own.”
    As Davis got older, she realized how unempowered women were in Hollywood. In 2004, she founded the Geena Davis Institute on Gender in Media to collect data comparing the number and types of male and female roles and to use that data to convince the industry of the need for change.
    Listen to her speak about her career here.

    Rita Moreno has influenced the entertainment industry for over 70 years as an actress, singer, and dancer.
    Moreno became the first Latine woman to earn the vaunted EGOT: an Emmy, Grammy, Oscar, and Tony. In 2004, she was honored with the Presidential Medal of Freedom for her many contributions to the arts.
    Learn more about Rita Moreno here.

    Women in Technology

    Hedy Lamarr was much more than “the most beautiful woman in the world” during Hollywood’s Golden Age.
    The Austrian-American actress was also a mathematically-minded inventor who learned about military technology from dinner party conversations between her arms-manufacturer husband and Nazi German generals, before escaping to America where she eventually invented a new torpedo guidance system for the U.S. Navy.
    Read more about Hedy Lamarr’s inventions here.

    Source: “The Legacy of Grace Hopper.”

    Rear Admiral Grace Brewster Murray Hopper was a STEM pioneer.
    Grace Brewster Murray Hopper brought the research and career interests of women in computing to the forefront. The history of computer hardware invention is mostly a male-oriented affair. This isn’t unexpected given that early computers had more to do with heavy engineering than logic. However, when it comes to software, the picture is a little different. Hopper was responsible not only for the development of the Cobol language, but also for continuous advocacy within the industry to make computers and computing more accessible.
    Find out more about Grace Hopper here.

    Ada, Countess of Lovelace was born 200 years ago, but her name lives on.
    There is often an unfairness in the reporting of the history of computing. The software people are nearly always passed over in preference for the hardware people. Ada, Countess of Lovelace worked with Charles Babbage on his Analytical Engine and is generally accepted as the first programmer. Later, in the 1970s, the Ada language was named in recognition of her status as the first computer programmer. In 2009, Ada Lovelace Day was inaugurated to celebrate the achievements of women in science, technology, engineering, and math.
    Read more about her here.

    In 1996, after being named a mission specialist on the Space Shuttle Columbia by NASA, Kalpana Chawla became the first woman of Indian descent to fly in space.
    The shuttle orbited around earth 252 times in a little over two weeks. Chawla’s second—and last—trip to space came in 2003 when she and six other astronauts completed more than 80 experiments over the course of 16 days. She and the entire crew died when the ship disintegrated upon reentering the Earth’s atmosphere. In 2020, Northrop Grumman named a spacecraft after Chawla in her memory.
    Read more about her here.

    Share More Information on Women in History

    Did you learn something new that you didn’t know before? Or, do you have a fact to share about a woman in history? Comment below and help us expand this list!

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    We’re Turning 15 Today!

    Post Syndicated from Backblaze original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/were-turning-15-today/

    Who doesn’t like birthdays? We definitely do. And we usually celebrate ours on the Backblaze Blog because they’re fun, and we like reminiscing about the time we passed 10 petabytes of data under management and how cute exciting that was (we now have over two exabytes of data storage under management, for context).

    But this past year, well, things have been busy! And the last few months have been busier still. Honestly, our 15th anniversary almost slipped right by us. But, we couldn’t let such a milestone go by without marking it somehow.

    Today, we thought we’d take a brief look back on our beginnings and where we are now as a public company—a little “how it started/how it’s going” retrospective to celebrate our coming of age—not to pat ourselves on the back, but to celebrate the ways our team and business have grown, especially over the past year.

    How It Started

    One of the things we’re most proud of is the incredible team we’ve built. Before we founded Backblaze, the five founders and two demi-founders had worked together for 20 years. So, we knew the kind of company we wanted to create when we sat down to hash out what Backblaze would be—a company that’s equally fair and good for its customers, partners, employees, investors, and the greater community.

    Five co-founders; two demi-founders; 1,200 square feet; one white board; innumerable Post-Its.

    The team today is a lot bigger than it once was (270+ and counting!), but when we started Backblaze, we wanted to create a culture, both internally and externally, of people who cared about each other, cared about their work, and cared about our product. We knew building that kind of culture would lead us authentically to where we are today, and we fiercely protected it. According to a few sources, we’re still doing well on that count.

    How It’s Going

    So, what have we been up to recently? Thus far in 2022:

    • We launched Universal Data Migration, a new service that covers all data transfer costs, including legacy provider egress fees, and manages data migration from any legacy on-premises or cloud source.
    • We enhanced our partner program with two new offerings (in addition to Universal Data Migration, which partners can also take advantage of):
      • Backblaze B2 Reserve: A predictable, capacity pricing model to empower our Channel Partners.
      • Backblaze Partner API: A new API that empowers our Alliance Partners to easily integrate and manage B2 Cloud Storage within their products and platforms.
    • We announced new partnerships with:
      • CTERA: An enterprise file services platform that extends the capabilities of traditional NAS and file servers to the cloud.
      • Catalogic: An enterprise and Kubernetes data protection solution.
      • Kasten by Veeam: A Kubernetes backup and application mobility solution.

    And just a few weeks before 2021 came to a close: We went public on Nasdaq under BLZE.

    Blazing it in Times Square.

    As much as we’d like to reflect* on more of the great things that happened in our past, we’re more interested in keeping our heads down, working away at what’s next. Stay tuned for the next 15 years.


    *If you ARE interested in celebrating some past milestones with us, we put together this nifty chart of some other key milestones that happened between our founding date, 4/20/2007 (yes yes, we were founded on 4/20 with a CEO whose name is Budman, we’ve heard it all before) and when we went public. We thought we’d share it here (obviously we can’t help ourselves, we really do love reminiscing).

    Click to enlarge.

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    Share Conversion and Founder Selling Plan

    Post Syndicated from Brian Wilson original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/share-conversion-and-founder-selling-plan/

    Over the past 15 years, Backblaze has established a track record of transparency by sharing everything we can about our work, from publishing our Drive Stats to exploring how we grew our business. After becoming a publicly traded company this past November, we now have a whole new set of opportunities to maintain our commitment to transparency.

    Today, I wanted to share in-depth information about a few things we just did and plan to do: In short, the Backblaze founders converted some of our company shares to make them available for sale via 10b5-1 automatic trading plans that were adopted back in February. These plans arrange for automatic sales to occur each trading day over the next 12 months. Importantly, the founders have aligned to each sell the same number of shares and, following the sales from these 10b5-1 plans, would each still hold over 80% of their current shares and jointly continue to hold the majority of the voting control. (If you’re not familiar with some of those terms or concepts, don’t worry, they’re new to many of us, too. We’ll explain in greater detail below.)

    Why share this information today? Partially because we’re required to in other channels: When management converts shares from Class B to Class A, a Form 4 must be filed with the Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC). These filings are then typically picked up by financial reporting bots and further shared across financial media to inform shareholders.

    But what we are sharing here goes beyond the SEC requirements. We’re doing so because of our commitment to transparency and to provide an easier to grasp (hopefully) explanation of the news.

    The Details:

    • The five original founders have aligned to convert an equal, limited portion of their Class B shares of Backblaze stock to Class A shares. Class B shares at Backblaze provide greater voting power and are held by every person who held stock or stock options pre-IPO. However class B shares cannot be sold on the market, which is why they need to be converted to Class A in order to execute stock sales.
    • We are converting these shares for future sale under our 10b5-1 plans. 10b5-1 plans are a standard approach for any employee at a publicly traded company who is considered an “insider” to sell shares while avoiding many of the risks related to insider trading. It’s a set-it-and-forget-it plan you put into action and then pretty much leave alone. The plans schedule share sales at set intervals and times regardless of market fluctuations or business news. We implemented these plans in late February 2022, during the Company’s open trading window, and the sales will likely begin May 10, 2022, when the IPO lockup period expires.
    • Each founder’s 10b5-1 plan is set up to sell 2,000 shares every trading day for approximately 12 months. Here, too, the founders have aligned to each sell the same number of their shares every day—I’ll explain why a little later.

    What Does This Mean?

    When the sales under the 10b5-1 plans are summed up at the end of the 12 month period, this should be a relatively minor transaction. But we’re aware of the potential perception of founding members selling shares, so we wanted to explain our motivations and their implications more plainly here:

    1. We intend to sell only a small portion of our holdings over the next year and therefore remain significant holders of Backblaze shares after these sales are complete.
    2. We continue to have a positive long-term outlook for the company. Simply put: As founders, we invested a lot in Backblaze almost 15 years ago (when we founded the business in 2007 we contributed both money and time, working without salaries and then for very low pay in the early years) and we’d like to square up some of that investment. This is an opportunity for us to recoup some of our original inputs while also diversifying our finances in a way that feels balanced to us. More on that last thought in the next bullet:
    3. Because we’re invested in the long term success of the business and the mutual success of our investors, we’ve structured our 10b5-1 selling plans to minimize price impact through low volume, daily sales. We’ve aligned our sales as a founding team to achieve this approach, even though it could make for less financial upside for us.
    4. Some readers might wonder why we are selling equal amounts. While there might be a few of you who read our S-1 in full, we understand that ~200 pages is a little long and you may have missed our explanation of the founders’ salary tontine. It’s so well-written though, I’ll just quote it here:
       
      “Early on, we grew our team by hiring co-workers from previous companies who we trusted with what we consider to be our lives and livelihood—our customers’ data… Most of us went entirely without salary for more than a year in order to spend all of Backblaze’s resources building products our customers would love. In the spirit of that original bond, we formed a salary tontine where, until the public offering is finalized, a core group of the original founders and some other very early employees agreed to make the same salary. This solidarity helped us build and sustain our culture through the first 14 years of our evolution.”
       
      The spirit that formed that original understanding—which included equivalent stock ownership among the founders—has persisted beyond the IPO and continues to inform the founders’ treatment of compensation and stock sales. That is why we’re selling equal amounts.
    5. Other readers might wonder if we are trying to “time the market.” No. We created very simple 10b5-1 plans in late February. The plans begin when the IPO lockup expires and stretch into mid-2023. Thus, this has nothing to do with the stock price today or any attempt to try to “time the market.”

    From the outside, SEC regulations and financial mechanisms can seem overly complicated and, when read in regulatory filings, somewhat gloomy. But the story here is simple: The other founders and I remain committed to the long-term success of Backblaze. We would also like to realize some of our very long-term investment as we do so. Hopefully the information we’ve shared here helps clarify the picture for you.

    If you’d like to dig deeper, you can always access our company filings at https://ir.backblaze.com or in the EDGAR filings database on the SEC website, sec.gov. If you’re an investor and you’d like to ask any questions about the information above or any other topics, you can submit questions about our next earnings beginning one week prior to our call; watch for a forthcoming press release on this topic.

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    Aid for Ukrainians

    Post Syndicated from Backblaze original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/aid-for-ukrainians/

    Along with the rest of the world, the team at Backblaze is extremely saddened by the humanitarian crisis in Ukraine. To help both the people of Ukraine and our customers who call it home, we are taking three steps:

    1. For our customers in Ukraine, we will be waiving charges for Backblaze services including Computer Backup license charges and B2 Cloud Storage charges until June 1, 2022.
    2. For the people of Ukraine, we are making a monetary donation to Project Hope and United Help Ukraine.
    3. We are promoting these charities to our employees in our philanthropy center, where we will also match their donations.

    We share this commitment here in the hopes that it will encourage others to do what they can to help the people of Ukraine.

    We hope for a swift and peaceful resolution to this situation. To our customers and the people of Ukraine: We sincerely hope that you and your friends and loved ones can stay healthy and safe.

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    Building a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace: Our Learnings and Goals

    Post Syndicated from Natalie Cook original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/building-a-diverse-and-inclusive-workplace-our-learnings-and-goals/

    Backblaze started in a one-bedroom apartment in Palo Alto, California. Today, our products serve customers in more than 175 countries and are available in 11 languages. This would not have been possible without the diversity in culture, perspectives, and experiences within our team. Diversity has helped us understand the needs and expectations of the different markets we’re selling to. As a result of our diversity, we’ve come up with new features, solved interesting problems in an innovative way, and connected with our customers all around the world.

    Today, we are sharing some stories of how diversity has helped our business throughout the years as well as our efforts to make our workplace more diverse and inclusive. We know we still have a lot to learn. Our initiatives are always evolving and changing as we strive to foster a diverse environment, and we hope that by sharing these stories we can do our part to promote diversity and inclusion more broadly.

    How Diversity Helped Our Business

    Building the Storage Pod Was an International Effort

    Every true Backblaze fan knows that we built our own Storage Pods. After all, our blog post about how to build cheap cloud storage is one of our most popular posts. What fans may not know is that our staff’s bilingual skills are what helped us make our own Storage Pods. When the founders opened up the disk port multipliers they had just bought, they noticed there was a board inside with the name of the manufacturer: Chyang Fun Industry (CFI Group). This was a Taiwanese company, and they only spoke Mandarin. One of our founders, Billy Ng, spoke to them in Mandarin and explained that we needed 150 boards. These boards were essential pieces to building our Storage Pods.

    Not only was Billy able to speak to the manufacturer in their native language, but he also knew the cultural standards so he was aware of what was culturally appropriate. After that initial sale, Backblaze continued to have a great relationship with CFI Group. Over the years, they continued to sell us boards which we used to make our Storage Pods. Brian Wilson, our chief technology officer, said, “Without Billy’s bilingual skills, the company would not have survived because we could not have survived without the Storage Pods.” As a result of Billy’s bilingual skills and bicultural understanding, we were able to build our own Storage Pods and store data from customers all around the world.

    Translating the Product Into 11 Languages

    Since we are an international company, our products and website are available in 11 languages. When the language features were initially created, our developers internationalized the product/website using Google Translate. However, they quickly realized these translations were not completely accurate. Backblaze then hired an external localization firm, but they were a bit pricey for us at the time—we were still a small, bootstrapped startup. We then looked internally and realized there were employees who were bilingual and even multilingual. These employees began reviewing the translations and fixing any errors. They even roped in friends and family to help with the translations. As a result of our diverse staff, we were able to fix the translations internally rather than spend tens of thousands of dollars on hiring an external localization firm.

    Creating a Diverse and Inclusive Workplace

    Photo by fauxels from Pexels.

    Diversity and inclusion have always been valued at Backblaze. More than half of our founders were born in a country outside the U.S. (Fun fact: some of those countries don’t even exist anymore!) They collectively practice five different religions and speak various languages. Their diverse backgrounds have helped them build the company that Backblaze is today.

    In the past year and a half, we’ve made a conscious effort to reinforce and further our commitment to diversity through a number of initiatives. We established a Diversity, Equity, and Inclusion (DEI) Committee made up of staff members from many different teams across the organization who are passionate about creating a safe and diverse workplace for their peers. Of their many initiatives, two we’re highlighting today include our hiring efforts and our inclusivity efforts.

    Building Diversity in Hiring

    The DEI Committee approached diversity in hiring by building out an internship program, which allowed us to bring on interns at various levels who come from different ethnicities, genders, socioeconomic statuses, etc. As a result of the program, we brought on some of the interns full-time, and we are excited to see them grow their careers at Backblaze!

    In addition to the internship program, we’ve also worked with a variety of organizations that help bridge the gap between tech companies and underrepresented talent. These organizations have also provided internal training sessions which contributed to creating a safe and welcoming environment and continuing our positive retention rate.

    Fostering a Safe and Inclusive Environment

    We realize that it’s not only important to hire diverse employees, but to also create an inclusive and safe environment that supports these team members. The DEI Committee often hosts training sessions such as implicit bias training and gender inclusion training for employees, managers, Human Resources, and executive staff. The DEI Committee also hosts events like virtual panel discussions and movie nights to elevate social justice issues. These events lead to conversations afterward where employees engage in thoughtful discussions about the event, diversity, and social justice.

    How Diversity and Inclusion Support a Strong Company Culture

    Photo by fauxels from Pexels.

    By creating a diverse and inclusive environment, we are enhancing our company culture and reducing employee turnover. According to Gallup, U.S. businesses lose around $3 trillion every year due to employee turnover. As a result of our company culture where we value diversity and employees treat one another with respect, we have a very low attrition rate. Check out our Glassdoor reviews to get a glimpse into our culture!

    We’re Always Learning

    We understand that as an organization, we still have more to learn. We’re continuously looking for more opportunities to educate our employees and leadership team, whether that be through diversity training sessions or having more open conversations about difficult topics. We’re also listening to our employees and looking into how we can continue to build a workforce that encourages and strengthens our diversity.

    We don’t have all the answers yet, but as an organization that encourages learning and development, we are continually refining our approach to diversity and inclusion in the workplace. We look forward to sharing future learnings and using our platform to continue to promote these values to other organizations.

    Join Our Team!

    We are excited to continue our efforts to make Backblaze a diverse and inclusive environment! If you’d like to join our team, you can check out our careers here. If you don’t see a role you’re looking for, feel free to email jobscontact@backblaze.com. We look forward to hearing from you!

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    2021 and Beyond: Backblaze’s Predictions for the Coming Year

    Post Syndicated from Jeremy Milk original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/2021-and-beyond-backblazes-predictions-for-the-coming-year/

    The cloud computing industry had a big year in 2021. But the past year also saw significant challenges—supply chain shortages, continued shifts in work life, continued natural disasters, and disruptive ransomware attacks, not to mention an ongoing global pandemic.

    As we close out 2021 and look forward to the new year, we asked our team to weigh in on their predictions for trends we’ll see in 2022 in the cloud computing industry. Here are our collective thoughts.

    The Trends That 2022 Will Bring

    1. Security Will Never Be Easier to Justify

    Ransomware threats soared in 2021, making big headlines throughout the year. As we finished the year with the internet-wide Log4j vulnerability becoming exposed, the argument for investing in data security has never been easier to make, and the whole C-suite is likely to be involved. Companies will invest more in stronger protections against ransomware including shoring up backup practices and implementing features like Object Lock to protect data. While companies may have relied upon cyber insurance in the past to cover ransom payments rather than investing in proactive data protection, we think added pressure from government agencies will make this option less of a fallback (while also helping IT leaders to justify more robust measures).

    2. Enhanced Security May Not Be a Choice

    The U.S. government has already started to signal that it’s expecting companies to do more to protect their data from ransomware exposure. In 2022, expect it to tighten the screws all the more with greater enforcement of Treasury, TSA, and other requirements. We predict that at least one U.S. company that makes a big ransomware payment will find itself squarely in the crosshairs of the U.S. government for not doing enough to protect itself and then going too far against the Treasury’s Office of Foreign Assets Control in facilitating payment to known bad actors outside the U.S.

    3. Relying on One Cloud Provider Will No Longer Cut It

    Companies that currently rely on a single diversified cloud provider will increasingly look to independent providers to achieve data redundancy. After recent AWS outages that exposed single points of failure, this has never been clearer. Backing up data that resides in the cloud will become more of a priority. The move to a more diversified cloud deployment will lead to more organizations considering flipping to an independent cloud provider as their primary data store with one of the traditional diversified providers serving as a backup destination. Of course, a multi-cloud deployment won’t solve everything and could create more complexity if your primary cloud isn’t dialed in before racing to add a second.

    4. HAMR/MAMR Drops

    Hard disk drive manufacturers have all made announcements about capacity increases for the coming year, getting ever closer to 30TB drives. At the 5th Annual Virtual Wells Fargo TMT Summit Conference, Western Digital CEO David Goeckeler indicated that 30TB hard drives are within reach with its ePMR and OptiNAND technology as well as a 10-platter HDD (up from the existing nine-platter 20TB drive). Goeckeler referred to the development as “That staircase to take you to 30TB and then get you on the HAMR [heat assisted magnetic recording] curve.”

    Likewise, SDK announced the development of microwave assisted magnetic recording (MAMR) technology this year to support development of a 30TB drive. Seagate, too, continues to pursue development of HAMR technology, announcing development of a second-gen HAMR drive that could reach 30TB. The technology has been on the cusp of commercialization for a number of years—in fact, we wrongly predicted we would start seeing HAMR/MAMR drives in 2019. Let’s try again—2022 will be the year that HAMR and/or MAMR drives will hit the mainstream and will end up in our data centers as well. We do think 30TB drives built on any technology are at least a couple of years away, but it’s time for HAMR and MAMR to meet the data storage requirements of the future.

    5. Supply Chain Traffic Jams Will Continue

    Supply chains across all industries are experiencing massive limitations while demand continues to increase. Even when the kinks in the hose get worked out, transportation logistics will still choke supply at points. This is exacerbated by the pandemic, but we think it will be an ongoing issue as more organizations rely on supply for growth and business continuity.

    In 2022, companies will accelerate the swing from what had been smart just-in-time supply chain management minimizing inventory to smart just-in-case supply chain management minimizing service and sales disruptions.

    6. Microservices Will Kill Egress Fees

    Better API-connected solutions will allow companies to avoid vendor lock-in and create flexible microservices-based applications while meeting their cloud-related needs (storage, compute, CDN, etc.). Companies will require lower egress fees to be able to move their data freely without breaking the bank. As independent cloud providers work together to minimize or completely eliminate egress fees, we predict that in 2022, smart companies will demand better from the likes of Amazon, Google, and Microsoft—lower egress, multi-cloud options, and vendor independence. Imagine the incremental innovation when companies need not sweat downloading and distributing their own data!

    7. A Push for Interoperability

    Unstructured data continues to grow unabated driven by our increasingly connected world. Some estimate it comprises 80% to 90% of the world’s data, and today it lives in multiple places—multiple clouds, on-premises data centers, and on the edge. Companies that want to extract the most value out of this data won’t stand for cloud providers who put up walls around their ecosystems. Data must easily flow between environments such that where the data lives becomes an afterthought. Savvy businesses will want to leverage providers interchangeably based on the best fit for their workloads, and those with open ecosystems will be favored for their flexibility.

    What Do You Think the New Year Will Bring?

    With another year upon us, we’re wondering… What are your predictions for 2022? Let us know in the comments.

    Wishing you a happy and hopeful New Year!

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    Our Response to the Log4j Vulnerability

    Post Syndicated from Mark Potter original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/our-response-to-the-log4j-vulnerability/

    When the director of the Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Agency calls a vulnerability “one of the most serious I’ve seen in my entire career, if not the most serious,” ears perk up.

    The director was referring to the Apache Log4j vulnerability that was discovered this month. Some more colorful phrases used to describe the Log4j incident include: “a grave threat,” “a design failure of catastrophic proportions,” something that will “haunt the internet for years.”

    The vulnerability proceeded to set off five-alarm fires in IT, security, and operations departments around the world. Or should have, at least. Researchers estimate at least 840,000 attacks have since been launched via the vulnerability since it was discovered. That is to say, if you’re using a software or cloud vendor that hasn’t made some kind of statement or taken corrective action, you should be asking them why not.

    At Backblaze, we made the decision to take our servers temporarily offline in order to hunt down potential threats, apply the appropriate security patches, and test those patches to help prevent our systems from being compromised. This post explains why we made the decision, outlines the actions we took to meet our objective of securing customer data as well as our environment, and provides more insight into our process.

    What Is the Log4j Vulnerability?

    As reported by ArsTechnica, a zero-day vulnerability was discovered in the Apache Log4j logging library that enables attackers to take control of vulnerable servers. Though it may not be an immediately recognizable name, Log4j is widely used throughout the world by companies like Apple, Twitter, and Tesla as well as the game Minecraft. The library allows developers to easily log application events. The Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) urged users to apply patches immediately to address the vulnerabilities.

    Our Decision

    Upon learning of the Log4j vulnerability, our team took swift action to investigate and assess available options to address the potential impacts since Log4j is leveraged widely in our environment. As part of our investigation, our internal team used a nondestructive form of the exploit to confirm our vulnerability. We also noted close to 80,000 unsuccessful Log4j exploit attempts on our sites in a 12-hour period. The level of activity, along with our success using the exploit (albeit with internal knowledge of our own systems), was very concerning to us.

    Although we were not aware of any unauthorized access to our systems due to the Log4j vulnerability, out of an abundance of caution, we decided it was in our customers’ best interest to take systems offline until they could be patched. The decision to take our systems offline was not one we took lightly. However, our Incident Management Guidelines are quite clear. In a crisis where tradeoffs must be made, our descending list of priorities (all of which are very important to us) is as follows:

    1. Health & Safety.
    2. Data Integrity & Confidentiality.
    3. Service Availability.
    4. Service Performance.

    Protecting customer data integrity is second only to health and safety and above service availability. That said, the decision to temporarily bring all services down was unprecedented in the 14-year history of Backblaze. This was an extraordinary case where we made a decision to take a necessary action to address an imminent risk of a vulnerability with a Common Vulnerability Scoring System (CVSS) score of 10.0—the highest possible score. We believe that we needed to take preventative steps to protect customer data by temporarily taking our services offline until the security patching process was complete.

    What Actions Have We Taken?

    A recap of recent actions is outlined below:

    • Upon learning of the Log4j vulnerability, our Security team took immediate action to investigate.
    • Based on our assessment of the potential threat, we decided to temporarily take our services offline to apply a security patch to prevent our systems from potentially being compromised.
    • We announced our systems had been taken offline at 5:20 p.m. PT on December 10, 2021.*
    • We announced our systems were back online and functioning normally at 3:01 a.m. PT on December 11, 2021.
    • Based on our investigation, we also determined that there was no evidence of our systems being compromised or unauthorized access to customer data or files due to the Log4j vulnerability.

    *We decided not to announce downtime publicly until after our systems were offline to avoid any elevation of priority to those targeting our services. Accordingly, we did not make a public announcement until after the servers were disconnected.

    Was Backblaze Compromised?

    We have not found any evidence of system compromise or unauthorized access to customer data or files at this time.

    Next Steps

    As is part of our incident response process, we always look for ways to do better and identify areas for improvement. In this case, two top priorities moving forward would be to improve how we can apply security patches faster and reduce downtime.

    Thank you to our customers for your understanding as we navigated this challenging incident.

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    System Maintenance Update: Log4j Vulnerability

    Post Syndicated from Backblaze original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/system-maintenance-update-log4j-vulnerability/

    As you may be aware, a vulnerability was publicly announced recently relating to Log4j, a common logging library widely used by companies around the world.

    Our first priority was to make sure our customers’ data is protected and our environment is secure. So, when we learned of this vulnerability affecting Apache Log4j, our security, technical operations, and engineering teams quickly pulled together to establish a protocol for achieving our primary directive.

    What is the Log4j vulnerability?
    As reported by ArsTechnica, a zero-day vulnerability was discovered in the Apache Log4j logging library that enables attackers to take control of vulnerable servers. Log4j is widely used, by everything from Minecraft to iCloud to the National Security Administration, and the Cybersecurity & Infrastructure Security Agency (CISA) urged users to apply patches immediately to address the vulnerabilities.

    What actions have we taken?
    On Friday, December 10 at approximately 4:30pm PT, Backblaze took services offline in order to protect customer data and roll out security patches across all our systems to address the vulnerability.

    12/11/2021 1:05am PT update: Systems are coming back online. While our teams work diligently to bring everything up, you may experience continued service disruptions. Thank you for your patience.

    12/11/2021 02:58am PT update: Systems are back online and functioning normally. If you are experiencing any problems, please reach out to our Support Team: https://help.backblaze.com/hc/en-us/requests/new.

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    Backblaze Holiday Gift Guide 2021

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-holiday-gift-guide-2021/

    The holiday season is upon us, and here at Backblaze, we always love to see what cool, new things are out there for us to give to our friends and family. Every year, we ask our team members what gifts they’ll be giving (or treating themselves to) and share their ideas on our blog.

    This year, our team’s gift ideas range from the latest in fitness trackers for the person who’s always on the go, to weighted blankets that keep you cozy, and helpful plant-rearing guides for blossoming green thumbs. Read on for some gift ideas that are sure to bring some holiday joy!

    For Those Who Love Spending Time Outdoors

    WHOOP

    WHOOP is a fitness and health membership that offers a fitness tracker and an app that analyzes fitness, health, and sleep data as well as a way to connect with other WHOOP members. Their adjustable device can be worn with a range of garments or on their handy wristbands. And they’re stylish!

    YETI Trailhead Camp Chair

    Save yourself a seat wherever you are—the beach, the backyard, or the backcountry—with this lightweight camp chair.

    ENO DoubleNest Printed Hammock

    Don’t want to sit down after your hike? Lay down in this packable hammock instead!

    Hidrate Spark 3 Smart Water Bottle

    If you’re the type of person who needs to be reminded to drink water (me), this water bottle will glow when it’s time to hydrate. Luckily, it will not play obnoxious music.

    And Those Who’d Rather Stay Home

    Gravity Weighted Flannel Sherpa Blanket

    Holiday season is also cozy season, and weighted blankets are arguably one of the best ways to enjoy it.

    The New Plant Parent

    If you or someone you know spent the early months of the pandemic transforming their home into a greenhouse (that also smelled of sourdough), this book provides all the houseplant tips and tricks they might need to keep their indoor garden thriving.

    RENPHO Eye Massager

    As many of us spend our days staring at screens that can strain our eyes over time, this eye massager is a great way to reduce tension and headaches. It even connects to your phone via Bluetooth so you can choose music to play as it works. Not to be confused with an
    Oculus Quest 2.

    TP-Link Kasa Smart Light Strip

    Every kid will want one of these to decorate their room. You can light up your house with this multicolor light strip, which you can control from your phone.

    For Your Foodie Friend

    Anova Precision Cooker Pro

    Treat the home chef in your life to this super precise and powerful sous vide tool that’s a fan favorite with over 100 million cooks.

    Hot Ones 10 Pack Sauce Kit

    Everything tastes better with hot sauce, and this kit includes the full lineup from season 16 of “Hot Ones.”

    Koffie Inja

    This small batch coffee roaster uses sustainable and ethically-sourced coffee beans and donates 20% of their proceeds to Muttville, a San Francisco-based senior dog rescue shelter.

    Games and Game-related Accessories

    Nintendo Game and Watch: The Legend of Zelda

    Retro game fans will enjoy this collectible game and watch that includes three Legend of Zelda games.

    Legendary Edition of Curse of Strahd

    Strahd is a TTRPG favorite and this edition comes with bonus encounters, finger puppets, and lots more!

    Glorious Modular Mechanical Keyboard

    This is the world’s first RGB, modular mechanical keyboard. It’s easily customizable and needs no setup. For when you need your clanky keys to light up!

    For the Practical Person

    Wemo WiFi Smart Plug

    This smart plug uses your home Wi-Fi connection to let you control plugged-in devices from your phone or tablet. Neat!

    Tile Combo Pack

    Have a friend or family member who’s constantly losing their keys or phone (or themselves)? Help them keep track of their items with this combo pack that works with Android or Apple devices.

    Fuzzy Lined Crocs

    Are they the most fashionable? Maybe not. But they might be the most comfortable, especially with the warm and fuzzy liner!

    Give the Gift of Backblaze

    Help your friends and family back up their data with Backblaze Computer Backup. They’ll thank you for helping make sure they never lose a file again.

    Happy Gift-giving From Backblaze

    We hope this gift guide has helped spark some ideas for your own holiday gift-giving! Comment below to tell us what gifts you’ll be giving your friends and family this year.

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    Backblaze Is Now a Public Company

    Post Syndicated from Gleb Budman original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-is-now-a-public-company/

    Today is a big day for Backblaze—we became a public company listed on the Nasdaq Stock Exchange under the ticker symbol BLZE!

    Before I explain what this means for us and for you, I want to give my thanks. Going public is an important milestone and one we couldn’t have accomplished without your support. Thank you.

    Whether you have believed in us from the beginning and have been a customer for over a decade, or joined us yesterday; whether you entrust us to back up a single computer or to run your entire company’s infrastructure on the Backblaze Storage Cloud; whether you’ve partnered with us to bring our services to one individual or thousands of companies, whether you’re a first-time visitor to our site or you’ve been a reader all along: Thank you. We really appreciate you working with us and supporting us.

    What Does Becoming a Public Company Mean for Backblaze?

    It means we have more resources with IPO proceeds to increase investment in the development of our Storage Cloud platform and the B2 Cloud Storage and Computer Backup services that run on it.

    The future is being built on independent cloud platforms, and ours has been 14 years in the making. Today, we take the next big step in being the leading independent cloud for data storage.

    Additionally, while we help about 500,000 customers already, we plan to expand our sales and marketing efforts to bring Backblaze to more businesses, developers, and individuals that would benefit from easy and affordable data storage that they can trust.

    Finally, we have built Backblaze with not only a focus on the products we provide, but with a deep care for what it is like to work here. With these proceeds, we plan to continue to significantly grow our team, and are looking for many more kind, smart, talented people to join us. (Is that you? We’re hiring!)

    And Most Importantly, What Does It Mean for You?

    My short answer is: It means more of the good things you’ve come to expect from us at Backblaze.

    I want to emphasize that while we’ll be doing “more” for you, today’s events don’t mean that we’re “different” on any fundamental level. We’re still guided by the same principles and the same team. As a reminder, here’s the core of the values that we’ve been committed to since our founding (as written by Brian Wilson, Co-founder and CTO):

    “At Backblaze, we want to provide a quality product for a fair price. We want to be honest and up front with our customers as to what we can and cannot do, and we want to be paid only the money honestly owed to us, and never engage in sleazy or misleading business practices where customers are misled in any way or pay for a service they do not receive. We are the ‘good guys,’ and we act like it.”

    The only thing that’s changing today is we now have a more robust structure and additional funding to deliver on these values for more customers and partners.

    If you’d like to share your thoughts, we’d love to hear from you in the comments section below. In the coming weeks, I’ll share more about where we started, why we decided to go public, how we did it, and more. Stay tuned and for now…

    It’s Time to Blaze On!

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    Backblaze Announces Launch of Initial Public Offering

    Post Syndicated from Backblaze original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-announces-launch-of-initial-public-offering/

    SAN MATEO—November 2, 2021. Backblaze, Inc. (“Backblaze”), a leading storage cloud platform, today announced that it has launched the roadshow for its initial public offering. Backblaze has filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the Securities and Exchange Commission (the “SEC”) to offer 6,250,000 shares of its Class A common stock to the public. In addition, the underwriters will have a 30-day option to purchase up to an additional 937,500 shares of Class A common stock from Backblaze. The initial public offering price is expected to be between $15.00 and $17.00 per share. Backblaze has applied to list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol “BLZE.”

    Oppenheimer & Co., William Blair and Raymond James will act as lead book-running managers for the proposed offering, with JMP Securities and B. Riley Securities acting as joint book-running managers. Lake Street will act as co-manager for the proposed offering.

    The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus related to the offering may be obtained, when available, from Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Attention: Syndicate Prospectus Department, 85 Broad St., 26th Floor, New York, NY 10004, by telephone at (212) 667-8055, or by email at [email protected]; William Blair & Company, L.L.C. Attention: Prospectus Department, 150 North Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606, or by telephone at (800) 621-0687 or by email at [email protected]; or Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, email: [email protected], telephone: 800-248-8863.

    A registration statement relating to the proposed sale of these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

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    Who Ya Gonna Call? Backblaze

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/who-ya-gonna-call-backblaze/

    Halloween and its surrounding spooky season is my favorite time of the year. As the Computer Backup Steward at Backblaze, I often read people’s notes to us, which detail how we’ve helped them recover their files. As I was thinking about their experiences and our past Halloween blog posts detailing spooky data loss stories (Truly, what’s scarier than data loss?), I recalled a personal story that happened to my sister a few years ago when she was interning here at Backblaze. It reminded me that Backblaze Computer Backup doesn’t just recover people’s data, but we also help access it in times of need—which can be equally important. Like the Ghostbusters, when there’s something strange in your (data’s) neighborhood, who ya gonna call? …Backblaze, it’s Backblaze. So, on this, the Friday before Halloween, let me recount that tiny spooky tale for you today…


    A long time ago, my sister Lisa was an intern with us here at Backblaze. It was just for a month, but she helped us build desks, digitized business cards (The horror!), and generally helped out around the office while getting a feel for working at a Silicon Valley tech startup. Like any good startup techie, after joining us for the summer, she started using Backblaze to back up her computer files, which makes sense because as a 19-year-old—a lot can happen to your computer.

    My sister and I are really close, and we try to go on little trips together whenever possible. One of these opportunities arose in the form of a road trip from the San Francisco Bay to Los Angeles to see a comedy show. (For those curious, it was Kevin Smith and Ralph Garman recording their “Hollywood Babble-On” podcast.)

    Driving down from the Bay Area to Los Angeles takes about five to six hours, sometimes longer depending on the traffic and where you’re headed. As we passed hour four, my sister turned to me and said, ”Hey, do I need my ID for this?” Cue: creepy forewarning music.

    Now, this comedy show was held, oddly enough, in a comedy club (this sometimes happens when comedy is involved). An important thing to know about comedy clubs in general is that often they require people to be over 18, and are very serious about asking for ID so that underage people don’t imbibe, which makes sense—safety first.

    So, yes. An ID was required, and yes she would need it, but no, she did not have it—nor her purse in general. Being an older brother is like that sometimes. I wasn’t about to turn around and drive back to San Francisco—partly because we had the show to go to that night, but also because I would get a bit of enjoyment from her having to sit outside while I enjoyed some comedy as a “lesson.” A sinister brotherly thought.

    Luckily, I remembered that a few months back, my sister had to scan her passport as a PDF so that we could have a digital copy on another trip. I called up the comedy club and asked if they’d take a digital ID if we didn’t have a physical one, and while they were confused, they did say yes, so long as it was official. Good news! Once we arrived at the hotel, she logged on to Backblaze, found her backed up passport PDF, and we printed it out in the lobby. And we made it to the show on time. Happily ever after!

    OK, so maybe it wasn’t really a horror story and the prospect of not making it to a comedy show may not seem scary to some people, but our family dynamic would mean that if she wasn’t able to attend and had to sit outside, she’d never have lived it down—low stakes slightly spooky (the best kind).

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    Backblaze Files Registration Statement for Proposed Initial Public Offering

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    San Mateo, California, October 18, 2021 – Backblaze, Inc. today announced that it has publicly filed a registration statement on Form S-1 with the U.S. Securities and Exchange Commission (“SEC”) relating to a proposed initial public offering of its Class A common stock. The number of shares to be offered and the price range for the offering have not yet been determined. Backblaze intends to list its Class A common stock on the Nasdaq Global Market under the ticker symbol “BLZE.”

    Oppenheimer & Co., William Blair and Raymond James will act as lead book-running managers for the proposed offering, with JMP Securities and B. Riley Securities acting as joint book-running managers. Lake Street will act as co-manager for the proposed offering.

    The offering will be made only by means of a prospectus. Copies of the preliminary prospectus related to the offering may be obtained, when available, from Oppenheimer & Co. Inc., Attention: Syndicate Prospectus Department, 85 Broad St., 26th Floor, New York, NY 10004, by telephone at (212) 667-8055, or by email at [email protected]; William Blair & Company, L.L.C. Attention: Prospectus Department, 150 North Riverside Plaza, Chicago, IL 60606, or by telephone at (800) 621-0687 or by email at [email protected]; or Raymond James & Associates, Inc., 880 Carillon Parkway, St. Petersburg, FL 33716, email: [email protected], telephone: 800-248-8863.

    A registration statement relating to these securities has been filed with the SEC but has not yet become effective. These securities may not be sold, nor may offers to buy be accepted, prior to the time the registration statement becomes effective. This press release shall not constitute an offer to sell or the solicitation of an offer to buy, nor shall there be any sale of these securities in any state or jurisdiction in which such offer, solicitation, or sale would be unlawful prior to registration or qualification under the securities laws of any such state or jurisdiction.

    Investors:
    James Kisner
    Vice President of Investor Relations
    ir@backblaze.com

    Press Contact:
    Patrick Thomas
    Head of Publishing
    press@backblaze.com

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