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Wanted: Junior Support Technician

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-junior-support-technician/

Backblaze is growing and as we grow we want to make sure that our customers are very well taken care of! One of the departments that grows along with our customer base is the support department, which is located in our San Mateo, California headquarters. Want to jump start your career? Take a look below and if this sounds like you, apply to join our team!

Responsibilities:

  • Answer questions in the queue commonly found in the FAQ.
  • Ability to install and uninstall programs on Mac and PC.
  • Clear communication via email.
  • Learn and expand your knowledge base to become a Tech Support Agent.
  • Learn how to navigate the Zendesk support tool and create helpful macros and work flow views.
  • Create receipts for users that ask for them, via template.
  • Respond to any tickets that you get a reply to.
  • Ask questions for facilitate learning.
  • Obtain skills and knowledge to move into a Tier 2 position.

Requirements:

  • Excellent communication, time management, problem solving, and organizational skills.
  • Ability to learn quickly.
  • Position based in San Mateo, California.

Backblaze Employees Have:

  • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
  • Strong desire to work for a small, fast-paced company.
  • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment.
  • Comfortable with well-behaved pets in the office.

Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

If This Sounds Like You:
Send an email to jobscontact@backblaze.com with:

  1. The position title in the subject line
  2. Your resume attached
  3. An overview of your relevant experience

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Wanted: Sales Engineer

Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-sales-engineer/

At inception, Backblaze was a consumer company. Thousands upon thousands of individuals came to our website and gave us $5/mo to keep their data safe. But, we didn’t sell business solutions. It took us years before we had a sales team. In the last couple of years, we’ve released products that businesses of all sizes love: Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage and Backblaze for Business Computer Backup. Those businesses want to integrate Backblaze deeply into their infrastructure, so it’s time to hire our first Sales Engineer!

Company Description:
Founded in 2007, Backblaze started with a mission to make backup software elegant and provide complete peace of mind. Over the course of almost a decade, we have become a pioneer in robust, scalable low cost cloud backup. Recently, we launched B2 – robust and reliable object storage at just $0.005/gb/mo. Part of our differentiation is being able to offer the lowest price of any of the big players while still being profitable.

We’ve managed to nurture a team oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. We value our people and their families. Don’t forget to check out our “About Us” page to learn more about the people and some of our perks.

We have built a profitable, high growth business. While we love our investors, we have maintained control over the business. That means our corporate goals are simple – grow sustainably and profitably.

Some Backblaze Perks:

  • Competitive healthcare plans
  • Competitive compensation and 401k
  • All employees receive Option grants
  • Unlimited vacation days
  • Strong coffee
  • Fully stocked Micro kitchen
  • Catered breakfast and lunches
  • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
  • Childcare bonus
  • Normal work hours
  • Get to bring your pets into the office
  • San Mateo Office – located near Caltrain and Highways 101 & 280.

Backblaze B2 cloud storage is a building block for almost any computing service that requires storage. Customers need our help integrating B2 into iOS apps to Docker containers. Some customers integrate directly to the API using the programming language of their choice, others want to solve a specific problem using ready made software, already integrated with B2.

At the same time, our computer backup product is deepening it’s integration into enterprise IT systems. We are commonly asked for how to set Windows policies, integrate with Active Directory, and install the client via remote management tools.

We are looking for a sales engineer who can help our customers navigate the integration of Backblaze into their technical environments.

Are you 1/2” deep into many different technologies, and unafraid to dive deeper?

Can you confidently talk with customers about their technology, even if you have to look up all the acronyms right after the call?

Are you excited to setup complicated software in a lab and write knowledge base articles about your work?

Then Backblaze is the place for you!

Enough about Backblaze already, what’s in it for me?
In this role, you will be given the opportunity to learn about the technologies that drive innovation today; diverse technologies that customers are using day in and out. And more importantly, you’ll learn how to learn new technologies.

Just as an example, in the past 12 months, we’ve had the opportunity to learn and become experts in these diverse technologies:

  • How to setup VM servers for lab environments, both on-prem and using cloud services.
  • Create an automatically “resetting” demo environment for the sales team.
  • Setup Microsoft Domain Controllers with Active Directory and AD Federation Services.
  • Learn the basics of OAUTH and web single sign on (SSO).
  • Archive video workflows from camera to media asset management systems.
  • How upload/download files from Javascript by enabling CORS.
  • How to install and monitor online backup installations using RMM tools, like JAMF.
  • Tape (LTO) systems. (Yes – people still use tape for storage!)

How can I know if I’ll succeed in this role?

You have:

  • Confidence. Be able to ask customers questions about their environments and convey to them your technical acumen.
  • Curiosity. Always want to learn about customers’ situations, how they got there and what problems they are trying to solve.
  • Organization. You’ll work with customers, integration partners, and Backblaze team members on projects of various lengths. You can context switch and either have a great memory or keep copious notes. Your checklists have their own checklists.

You are versed in:

  • The fundamentals of Windows, Linux and Mac OS X operating systems. You shouldn’t be afraid to use a command line.
  • Building, installing, integrating and configuring applications on any operating system.
  • Debugging failures – reading logs, monitoring usage, effective google searching to fix problems excites you.
  • The basics of TCP/IP networking and the HTTP protocol.
  • Novice development skills in any programming/scripting language. Have basic understanding of data structures and program flow.
  • Your background contains:

  • Bachelor’s degree in computer science or the equivalent.
  • 2+ years of experience as a pre or post-sales engineer.
  • The right extra credit:
    There are literally hundreds of previous experiences you can have had that would make you perfect for this job. Some experiences that we know would be helpful for us are below, but make sure you tell us your stories!

  • Experience using or programming against Amazon S3.
  • Experience with large on-prem storage – NAS, SAN, Object. And backing up data on such storage with tools like Veeam, Veritas and others.
  • Experience with photo or video media. Media archiving is a key market for Backblaze B2.
  • Program arduinos to automatically feed your dog.
  • Experience programming against web or REST APIs. (Point us towards your projects, if they are open source and available to link to.)
  • Experience with sales tools like Salesforce.
  • 3D print door stops.
  • Experience with Windows Servers, Active Directory, Group policies and the like.
  • What’s it like working with the Sales team?
    The Backblaze sales team collaborates. We help each other out by sharing ideas, templates, and our customer’s experiences. When we talk about our accomplishments, there is no “I did this,” only “we”. We are truly a team.

    We are honest to each other and our customers and communicate openly. We aim to have fun by embracing crazy ideas and creative solutions. We try to think not outside the box, but with no boxes at all. Customers are the driving force behind the success of the company and we care deeply about their success.

    If this all sounds like you:

    1. Send an email to [email protected] with the position in the subject line.
    2. Tell us a bit about your Sales Engineering experience.
    3. Include your resume.

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    Wanted: Datacenter Technician

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-datacenter-technician/

    As we shoot way past 400 Petabytes of data under management we need some help scaling up our datacenters! We’re on the lookout for some datacenter technicians that can help us. This role is located near the Sacramento, California area. If you want to join a dynamic team that helps keep our almost 90,000+ hard drives spinning, this might be the job for you!

    Responsibilities

    • Work as Backblaze’s physical presence in Sacramento area datacenter(s).
    • Help maintain physical infrastructure including racking equipment, replacing hard drives and other system components.
    • Repair and troubleshoot defective equipment with minimal supervision.
    • Support datacenter’s 24×7 staff to install new equipment, handle after hours emergencies and other tasks.
    • Help manage onsite inventory of hard drives, cables, rails and other spare parts.
    • RMA defective components.
    • Setup, test and activate new equipment via the Linux command line.
    • Help train new Datacenter Technicians as needed.
    • Help with projects to install new systems and services as time allows.
    • Follow and improve Datacenter best practices and documentation.
    • Maintain a clean and well organized work environment.
    • On-call responsibilities require being within an hour of the SunGard’s Rancho Cordova/Roseville facility and occasional trips onsite 24×7 to resolve issues that can’t be handled remotely.
    • Work days may include Saturday and/or Sunday (e.g. working Tuesday – Saturday).

    Requirements

    • Excellent communication, time management, problem solving and organizational skills.
    • Ability to learn quickly.
    • Ability to lift/move 50-75 lbs and work down near the floor on a daily basis.
    • Position based near Sacramento, California and may require periodic visits to the corporate office in San Mateo.
    • May require travel to other Datacenters to provide coverage and/or to assist
      with new site set-up.

    Backblaze Employees Have:

    • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
    • Strong desire to work for a small, fast-paced company.
    • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment.
    • Comfortable with well-behaved pets in the office.
    • This position is located near Sacramento, California.

    Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

    If This Sounds Like You:
    Send an email to [email protected] with:

    1. Datacenter Tech in the subject line
    2. Your resume attached
    3. An overview of your relevant experience

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    Wanted: Fixed Assets Accountant

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-fixed-assets-accountant/

    As Backblaze continues to grow, we’re expanding our accounting team! We’re looking for a seasoned Fixed Asset Accountant to help us with fixed assets and equipment leases.

    Job Duties:

    • Maintain and review fixed assets.
    • Record fixed asset acquisitions and dispositions.
    • Review and update the detailed schedule of fixed assets and accumulated depreciation.
    • Calculate depreciation for all fixed assets.
    • Investigate the potential obsolescence of fixed assets.
    • Coordinate with Operations team data center asset dispositions.
    • Conduct periodic physical inventory counts of fixed assets. Work with Operations team on cycle counts.
    • Reconcile the balance in the fixed asset subsidiary ledger to the summary-level account in the general ledger.
    • Track company expenditures for fixed assets in comparison to the capital budget and management authorizations.
    • Prepare audit schedules relating to fixed assets, and assist the auditors in their inquiries.
    • Recommend to management any updates to accounting policies related to fixed assets.
    • Manage equipment leases.
    • Engage and negotiate acquisition of new equipment lease lines.
    • Overall control of original lease documentation and maintenance of master lease files.
    • Facilitate and track routing and execution of various lease related: agreements — documents/forms/lease documents.
    • Establish and maintain proper controls to track expirations, renewal options, and all other critical dates.
    • Perform other duties and special projects as assigned.

    Qualifications:

    • 5-6 years relevant accounting experience.
    • Knowledge of inventory and cycle counting preferred.
    • Quickbooks, Excel, Word experience desired.
    • Organized, with excellent attention to detail, meticulous, quick-learner.
    • Good interpersonal skills and a team player.
    • Flexibility and ability to adapt and wear different hats.

    Backblaze Employees Have:

    • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
    • Strong desire to work for a small, fast-paced company.
    • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment.
    • Comfortable with well-behaved pets in the office.

    This position is located in San Mateo, California. Regular attendance in the office is expected. Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

    If This Sounds Like You:
    Send an email to [email protected] with:

    1. Fixed Asset Accountant in the subject line
    2. Your resume attached
    3. An overview of your relevant experience

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    Backblaze Cloud Backup Release 5.2

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-cloud-backup-release-5-2/

    We’re pleased to start the year off the right way, with an update to Backblaze Cloud Backup, version 5.2! This is a smaller release, but does increase backup speeds, optimizes the backup client, and addresses a few minor bugs that we’re excited to lay to rest.

    What’s New

    • Increased transmission speed of files between 30MB and 400MB+.
    • Optimized indexing to decrease system resource usage and lower the performance impact on computers that are backing up to Backblaze.
    • Adjusted external hard drive monitoring and increased the speed of indexing.
    • Changed copyright to 2018.

    Release Version Number:

    • Mac — 5.2.0
    • PC — 5.2.0

    Clients:
    Backblaze Personal Backup
    Backblaze Business Backup

    Availability:
    January 4, 2018

    Upgrade Methods:

    • Immediately as a download from: files.backblaze.com
    • Rolling out soon when performing a “Check for Updates” (right-click on the Backblaze icon and then select “Check for Updates”).
    • Rolling out soon as a download from: https://secure.backblaze.com/update.htm.
    • Rolling out soon as the default download from: www.backblaze.com.
    • Auto-update will begin in a couple of weeks.

    Cost:
    This is a free update for all Backblaze Cloud Backup consumer and business customers and active trial users.

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    Lorelei Joins The Operations Crew

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/lorelei-joins-operations-crew/

    We’ve eclipsed the 400 Petabyte mark and our data center continues to grow. What does that mean? It means we need more great people working in our data centers making sure that the hard drives keep spinning and that sputtering drives are promptly dealt with. Lorelei is the newest Data Center Technician to join our ranks. Let’s learn a bit more about Lorelei, shall we?

    What is your Backblaze Title?
    DC Tech!! I’m the saucy one.

    Where are you originally from?
    San Francisco/Bowling Green, Ohio. Just moved up to Sacramento this year, and it’s so nice to have four seasons again. I’m drowning in leaves but I’m totally OK with it.

    What attracted you to Backblaze?
    I was a librarian in my previous life, mainly because I believe that information should be open to everyone. I was familiar with Backblaze prior to joining the team, and I’m a huge fan of their fresh approach to sharing information and openness. The interview process was also the coolest one I’ll ever have!

    What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
    A lot about Linux!

    Where else have you worked?
    A chocolate factory and a popular culture library.

    Where did you go to school?
    CSU East Bay, Bowling Green State University (go Falcons), and Clarion.

    Favorite place you’ve traveled?
    Stockholm & Tokyo! I hope to travel more in Asia and Europe.

    Favorite hobby?
    Music is not magic, but music is…
    Come sing with me @ karaoke!

    Favorite food?
    I love trying new food. I love anything that’s acidic, sweet, fresh, salty, flavorful. Fruit is the best food, but everything else is good too. I’m one of those Yelp people: always seeking & giving food recs!

    Why do you like certain things?
    I like things that make me happy and that make other people happy. Have fun & enjoy life. Yeeeeehaw.

    Welcome to the team Lorelei. And thank you very much for leaving Yelp reviews. It’s nice to give back to the community!

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    2017 Holiday Gift Guide — Backblaze Style

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/2017-holiday-gift-guide-backblaze-style/


    Here at Backblaze we have a lot of folks who are all about technology. With the holiday season fast approaching, you might have all of your gift buying already finished — but if not, we put together a list of things that the employees here at Backblaze are pretty excited about giving (and/or receiving) this year.

    Smart Homes:

    It’s no secret that having a smart home is the new hotness, and many of the items below can be used to turbocharge your home’s ascent into the future:

    Raspberry Pi
    The holidays are all about eating pie — well why not get a pie of a different type for the DIY fan in your life!

    Wyze Cam
    An inexpensive way to keep a close eye on all your favorite people…and intruders!

    Snooz
    Have trouble falling asleep? Try this portable white noise machine. Also great for the office!

    Amazon Echo Dot
    Need a cheap way to keep track of your schedule or play music? The Echo Dot is a great entry into the smart home of your dreams!

    Google Wifi
    These little fellows make it easy to Wifi-ify your entire home, even if it’s larger than the average shoe box here in Silicon Valley. Google Wifi acts as a mesh router and seamlessly covers your whole dwelling. Have a mansion? Buy more!

    Google Home
    Like the Amazon Echo Dot, this is the Google variant. It’s more expensive (similar to the Amazon Echo) but has better sound quality and is tied into the Google ecosystem.

    Nest Thermostat
    This is a smart thermostat. What better way to score points with the in-laws than installing one of these bad boys in their home — and then making it freezing cold randomly in the middle of winter from the comfort of your couch!

    Wearables:

    Homes aren’t the only things that should be smart. Your body should also get the chance to be all that it can be:

    Apple AirPods
    You’ve seen these all over the place, and the truth is they do a pretty good job of making sounds appear in your ears.

    Bose SoundLink Wireless Headphones
    If you like over-the-ear headphones, these noise canceling ones work great, are wireless and lovely. There’s no better way to ignore people this holiday season!

    Garmin Fenix 5 Watch
    This watch is all about fitness. If you enjoy fitness. This watch is the fitness watch for your fitness needs.

    Apple Watch
    The Apple Watch is a wonderful gadget that will light up any movie theater this holiday season.

    Nokia Steel Health Watch
    If you’re into mixing analogue and digital, this is a pretty neat little gadget.

    Fossil Smart Watch
    This stylish watch is a pretty neat way to dip your toe into smartwatches and activity trackers.

    Pebble Time Steel Smart Watch
    Some people call this the greatest smartwatch of all time. Those people might be named Yev. This watch is great at sending you notifications from your phone, and not needing to be charged every day. Bellissimo!

    Random Goods:

    A few of the holiday gift suggestions that we got were a bit off-kilter, but we do have a lot of interesting folks in the office. Hopefully, you might find some of these as interesting as they do:

    Wireless Qi Charger
    Wireless chargers are pretty great in that you don’t have to deal with dongles. There are even kits to make your electronics “wirelessly chargeable” which is pretty great!

    Self-Heating Coffee Mug
    Love coffee? Hate lukewarm coffee? What if your coffee cup heated itself? Brilliant!

    Yeast Stirrer
    Yeast. It makes beer. And bread! Sometimes you need to stir it. What cooler way to stir your yeast than with this industrial stirrer?

    Toto Washlet
    This one is self explanatory. You know the old rhyme: happy butts, everyone’s happy!

    Good luck out there this holiday season!

    blog-giftguide-present

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    The Operations Team Just Got Rich-er!

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/operations-team-just-got-rich-er/

    We’re growing at a pretty rapid clip, and as we add more customers, we need people to help keep all of our hard drive spinning. Along with support, the other department that grows linearly with the number of customers that join us is the operations team, and they’ve just added a new member to their team, Rich! He joins us as a Network Systems Administrator! Lets take a moment to learn more about Rich, shall we?

    What is your Backblaze Title?
    Network Systems Administrator

    Where are you originally from?
    The Upper Peninsula of Michigan. Da UP, eh!

    What attracted you to Backblaze?
    The fact that it is a small tech company packed with highly intelligent people and a place where I can also be friends with my peers. I am also huge on cloud storage and backing up your past!

    What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
    I look forward to expanding my Networking skills and System Administration skills while helping build the best Cloud Storage and Backup Company there is!

    Where else have you worked?
    I first started working in Data Centers at Viawest. I was previously an Infrastructure Engineer at Twitter and a Production Engineer at Groupon.

    Where did you go to school?
    I started at Finlandia University in Norther Michigan, carried onto Northwest Florida State and graduated with my A.S. from North Lake College in Dallas, TX. I then completed my B.S. Degree online at WGU.

    What’s your dream job?
    Sr. Network Engineer

    Favorite place you’ve traveled?
    I have traveled around a bit in my life. I really liked Dublin, Ireland but I have to say favorite has to be Puerto Vallarta, Mexico! Which is actually where I am getting married in 2019!

    Favorite hobby?
    Water is my life. I like to wakeboard and wakesurf. I also enjoy biking, hunting, fishing, camping, and anything that has to do with the great outdoors!

    Of what achievement are you most proud?
    I’m proud of moving up in my career as quickly as I have been. I am also very proud of being able to wakesurf behind a boat without a rope! Lol!

    Star Trek or Star Wars?
    Star Trek! I grew up on it!

    Coke or Pepsi?
    H2O 😀

    Favorite food?
    Mexican Food and Pizza!

    Why do you like certain things?
    Hmm…. because certain things make other certain things particularly certain!

    Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
    Nope 😀

    Who can say no to high quality H2O? Welcome to the team Rich!

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    Zach Joins The Support Team

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/zach-joins-support-team/

    As Backblaze continues to grow, one thing that runs linearly with our growth is the number of folks we need in support. We believe strongly that people writing in to get a helping hand should be quickly and kindly take care of. To help us with that, we’d like to welcome Zach, our latest Support Tech to the Backblaze team! Lets take a minute to learn a bit more about Zach shall we?

    What is your Backblaze Title?
    Jr. Support Technician

    Where are you originally from?
    I was born in Pasadena, CA, but I’ve spent most of my life in the Bay Area.

    What attracted you to Backblaze?
    I have a few friends that have been with the company for some time who would do nothing but gush about the respect that Backblaze has for its employees. More than anything I was drawn to the loyalty and faith the company has for its staff.

    Where else have you worked?
    Previously I have worked support roles for other tech companies as well as general IT and computer hardware repair.

    What’s your dream job?
    Somewhere that I feel I can grow within the company and find success in a role that makes me feel satisfied. Or a touring musician. That would be cool, too.

    Favorite place you’ve traveled?
    Canada! Everyone was so nice!

    Favorite hobby?
    In my spare time I like to write sad songs.

    Of what achievement are you most proud?
    One of my favorite singers told me that I have a really nice voice. So I suppose my proudest achievement is being born with a nice voice.

    Star Trek or Star Wars?
    I cried during Episode VII.

    Coke or Pepsi?
    Coke, obviously.

    Favorite food?
    Is bread an acceptable answer?

    Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
    I’m also a big Disney fan like so many other people who work here. ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    We certainly do have a lot of Disney fans on staff — there must be something in the air. Welcome aboard Zach!

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    What We’re Thankful For

    Post Syndicated from Roderick Bauer original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/what-were-thankful-for/

    All of us at Backblaze hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving, and that you can enjoy it with family and friends. We asked everyone at Backblaze to express what they are thankful for. Here are their responses.

    Fall leaves

    What We’re Thankful For

    Aside from friends, family, hobbies, health, etc. I’m thankful for my home. It’s not much, but it’s mine, and allows me to indulge in everything listed above. Or not, if I so choose. And coffee.

    — Tony

    I’m thankful for my wife Jen, and my other friends. I’m thankful that I like my coworkers and can call them friends too. I’m thankful for my health. I’m thankful that I was born into a middle class family in the US and that I have been very, very lucky because of that.

    — Adam

    Besides the most important things which are being thankful for my family, my health and my friends, I am very thankful for Backblaze. This is the first job I’ve ever had where I truly feel like I have a great work/life balance. With having 3 kids ages 8, 6 and 4, a husband that works crazy hours and my tennis career on the rise (kidding but I am on 4 teams) it’s really nice to feel like I have balance in my life. So cheers to Backblaze – where a girl can have it all!

    — Shelby

    I am thankful to work at a high-tech company that recognizes the contributions of engineers in their 40s and 50s.

    — Jeannine

    I am thankful for the music, the songs I’m singing. Thankful for all the joy they’re bringing. Who can live without it, I ask in all honesty? What would life be? Without a song or a dance what are we? So I say thank you for the music. For giving it to me!

    — Yev

    I’m thankful that I don’t look anything like the portrait my son draws of me…seriously.

    — Natalie

    I am thankful to work for a company that puts its people and product ahead of profits.

    — James

    I am thankful that even in the middle of disasters, turmoil, and violence, there are always people who commit amazing acts of generosity, courage, and kindness that restore my faith in mankind.

    — Roderick

    The future.

    — Ahin

    The Future

    I am thankful for the current state of modern inexpensive broadband networking that allows me to stay in touch with friends and family that are far away, allows Backblaze to exist and pay my salary so I can live comfortably, and allows me to watch cat videos for free. The internet makes this an amazing time to be alive.

    — Brian

    Other than being thankful for family & good health, I’m quite thankful through the years I’ve avoided losing any of my 12+TB photo archive. 20 years of photoshoots, family photos and cell phone photos kept safe through changing storage media (floppy drives, flopticals, ZIP, JAZ, DVD-RAM, CD, DVD and hard drives), not to mention various technology/software solutions. It’s a data minefield out there, especially in the long run with changing media formats.

    — Jim

    I am thankful for non-profit organizations and their volunteers, such as IMAlive. Possibly the greatest gift you can give someone is empowerment, and an opportunity for them to recognize their own resilience and strength.

    — Emily

    I am thankful for my loving family, friends who make me laugh, a cool company to work for, talented co-workers who make me a better engineer, and beautiful Fall days in Wisconsin!

    — Marjorie

    Marjorie Wisconsin

    I’m thankful for preschool drawings about thankfulness.

    — Adam

    I am thankful for new friends and working for a company that allows us to be ourselves.

    — Annalisa

    I’m thankful for my dog as I always find a reason to smile at him everyday. Yes, he still smells from his skunkin’ last week and he tracks mud in my house, but he came from the San Quentin puppy-prisoner program and I’m thankful I found him and that he found me! My vet is thankful as well.

    — Terry

    I’m thankful that my colleagues are also my friends outside of the office and that the rain season has started in California.

    — Aaron

    I’m thankful for family, friends, and beer. Mostly for family and friends, but beer is really nice too!

    — Ken

    There are so many amazing blessings that make up my daily life that I thank God for, so here I go – my basic needs of food, water and shelter, my husband and 2 daughters and the rest of the family (here and abroad) — their love, support, health, and safety, waking up to a new day every day, friends, music, my job, funny things, hugs and more hugs (who does not like hugs?).

    — Cecilia

    I am thankful to be blessed with a close-knit extended family, and for everything they do for my new, growing family. With a toddler and a second child on the way, it helps having so many extra sets of hands around to help with the kids!

    — Zack

    I’m thankful for family and friends, the opportunities my parents gave me by moving the U.S., and that all of us together at Backblaze have built a place to be proud of.

    — Gleb

    Aside for being thankful for family and friends, I am also thankful I live in a place with such natural beauty. Being so close to mountains and the ocean, and everything in between, is something that I don’t take for granted!

    — Sona

    I’m thankful for my wonderful wife, family, friends, and co-workers. I’m thankful for having a happy and healthy son, and the chance to watch him grow on a daily basis.

    — Ariel

    I am thankful for a dog-friendly workplace.

    — LeAnn

    I’m thankful for my amazing new wife and that she’s as much of a nerd as I am.

    — Troy

    I am thankful for every reunion with my siblings and families.

    — Cecilia

    I am thankful for my funny, strong-willed, happy daughter, my awesome husband, my family, and amazing friends. I am also thankful for the USA and all the opportunities that come with living here. Finally, I am thankful for Backblaze, a truly great place to work and for all of my co-workers/friends here.

    — Natasha

    I am thankful that I do not need to hunt and gather everyday to put food on the table but at the same time I feel that I don’t appreciate the food the sits before me as much as I should. So I use Thanksgiving to think about the people and the animals that put food on my family’s table.

    — KC

    I am thankful for my cat, Catnip. She’s been with me for 18 years and seen me through so many ups and downs. She’s been along my side through two long-term relationships, several moves, and one marriage. I know we don’t have much time together and feel blessed every day she’s here.

    — JC

    I am thankful for imperfection and misshapen candies. The imperceptible romance of sunsets through bus windows. The dream that family, friends, co-workers, and strangers are connected by love. I am thankful to my ancestors for enduring so much hardship so that I could be here enjoying Bay Area burritos.

    — Damon

    Autumn leaves

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    Welcome Carlo!

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/welcome-carlo/

    Welcome Carlo!
    As Backblaze continues to grow, we need to keep our web experience on point, so we put out a call for creative folks that can help us make the Backblaze experience all that it can be. We found Carlo! He’s a frontend web developer who used to work at Sea World. Lets learn a bit more about Carlo, shall we?

    What is your Backblaze Title?
    Senior Frontend Developer

    Where are you originally from? 
    I grew up in San Diego, California.

    What attracted you to Backblaze?
    I am excited that frontend architecture is approaching parity with the rest of the web services software development ecosystem. Most of my experience has been full stack development, but I have recently started focusing on the front end. Backblaze shares my goal of having a first class user experience using frameworks like React.

    What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
    I’m interested in building solutions that help customers visualize and work with their data intuitively and efficiently.

    Where else have you worked?
    GoPro, Sungevity, and Sea World.

    What’s your dream job?
    Hip Hop dressage choreographer.

    Favorite place you’ve traveled? 
    The Arctic in Northern Finland, in a train in a boat sailing the gap between Germany and Denmark, and Vieques PR.

    Favorite hobby?
    Sketching, writing, and dressing up my hairless dogs.

    Of what achievement are you most proud?
    It’s either helping release a large SOA site, or orchestrating a Morrissey cover band flash mob #squadgoals. OK, maybe one those things didn’t happen…

    Star Trek or Star Wars?
    Interstellar!

    Favorite food?
    Mexican food.

    Coke or Pepsi?
    Ginger beer.

    Why do you like certain things? 
    Things that I like bring me joy a la Marie Kondo.

    Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
    ¯\_(ツ)_/¯

    Wow, hip hop dressage choreographer — that is amazing. Welcome aboard Carlo!

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    Happy Halloween!

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/happy-halloween/

    Thank you so much to everyone who entered our Halloween Video Contest. We had a lot of fun watching the videos and have chosen a winner!

    There were many strong entries, but in the end we gave in to our love of Stranger Things. Which fits, because after years of hearing backup stories, some of them have been strange indeed!

    Congratulations to our 2017 Halloween Video Contest winner Preston! Here’s his winning video:

    Thank you to everyone who participated, we loved the creativity!

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    Improved Search for Backblaze’s Blog

    Post Syndicated from Roderick Bauer original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/using-relevannssi-wordpress-search/

    Improved Search for Backblaze's Blog
    Search has become the most powerful method to find content on the Web, both for finding websites themselves and for discovering information within websites. Our blog readers find content in both ways — using Google, Bing, Yahoo, Ask, DuckDuckGo, and other search engines to follow search results directly to our blog, and using the site search function once on our blog to find content in the blog posts themselves.

    There’s a Lot of Great Content on the Backblaze Blog

    Backblaze’s CEO Gleb Budman wrote the first post for this blog in March of 2008. Since that post there have been 612 more. There’s a lot of great content on this blog, as evidenced by the more than two million page views we’ve had since the beginning of this year. We typically publish two blog posts per week on a variety of topics, but we focus primarily on cloud storage technology and data backup, company news, and how-to articles on how to use cloud storage and various hardware and software solutions.

    Earlier this year we initiated a series of posts on entrepreneurship by our CEO and co-founder, Gleb Budman, which has proven tremendously popular. We also occasionally publish something a little lighter, such as our current Halloween video contest — there’s still time to enter!

    Blog search box

    The Site Search Box — Your gateway to Backblaze blog content

    We Could do a Better Job of Helping You Find It

    I joined Backblaze as Content Director in July of this year. During the application process, I spent quite a bit of time reading through the blog to understand the company, the market, and its customers. That’s a lot of reading. I used the site search many times to uncover topics and posts, and discovered that site search had a number of weaknesses that made it less-than-easy to find what I was looking for.

    These site search weaknesses included:

    Searches were case sensitive
    Visitor could easily miss content capitalized differently than the search terms
    Results showed no date or author information
    Visitor couldn’t tell how recent the post was or who wrote it
    Search terms were not highlighted in context
    Visitor had to scrutinize the results to find the terms in the post
    No indication of the number of results or number of pages of results
    Visitor didn’t know how fruitful the search was
    No record of search terms used by visitors
    We couldn’t tell what our visitors were searching for!

    I wanted to make it easier for blog visitors to find all the great content on the Backblaze blog and help me understand what our visitors are searching for. To do that, we needed to upgrade our site search.

    I started with a list of goals I wanted for site search.

    1. Make it easier to find content on the blog
    2. Provide a summary of what was found
    3. Search the comments as well as the posts
    4. Highlight the search terms in the results to help find them in context
    5. Provide a record of searches to help me understand what interests our readers

    I had the goals, now how could I find a solution to achieve them?

    Our blog is built on WordPress, which has a built-in site search function that could be described as simply adequate. The most obvious of its limitations is that search results are listed chronologically, not based on “most popular,” most occurring,” or any other metric that might make the result more relevant to your interests.

    The Search for Improved (Site) Search

    An obvious choice to improve site search would be to adopt Google Site Search, as many websites and blogs have done. Unfortunately, I quickly discovered that Google is sunsetting Site Search by April of 2018. That left the choice among a number of third-party services or WordPress-specific solutions. My immediate inclination was to see what is available specifically for WordPress.

    There are a handful of search plugins for WordPress. One stood out to me for the number of installations (100,000+) and overwhelmingly high reviews: Relevanssi. Still, I had a number of questions. The first question was whether the plugin retained any search data from our site — I wanted to make sure that the privacy of our visitors is maintained, and even harvesting anonymous search data would not be acceptable to Backblaze. I wrote to the developer and was pleased by the responsiveness from Relevanssi’s creator, Mikko Saari. He explained to me that Relevanssi doesn’t have access to any of the search data from the sites using his plugin. Receiving a quick response from a developer is always a good sign. Other signs of a good WordPress plugin are recent updates and an active support forum.

    Our solution: Relevanssi for Site Search

    The WordPress plugin Relevanssi met all of our criteria, so we installed the plugin and switched to using it for site search in September.

    In addition to solving the problems listed above, our search results are now displayed based on relevance instead of date, which is the default behavior of WordPress search. That capability is very useful on our blog where a lot of the content from years ago is still valuable — often called evergreen content. The new site search also enables visitors to search using the boolean expressions AND and OR. For example, a visitor can search for “seagate AND drive,” and see results that only include both words. Alternatively, a visitor can search for “seagate OR drive” and see results that include either word.

    screenshot of relevannssi wordpress search results

    Search results showing total number of results, hits and their location, and highlighted search terms in context

    Visitors can put search terms in quotation marks to search for an entire phrase. For example, a visitor can search for “2016 drive stats” and see results that include only that exact phrase. In addition, the site search results come with a summary, showing where the results were found (title, post, or comments). Search terms are highlighted in yellow in the content, showing exactly where the search result was found.

    Here’s an example of a popular post that shows up in searches. Hard Drive Stats for Q1 2017 was published on May 9, 2017. Since September 4, it has shown up over 150 times in site searches and in the last 90 days in has been viewed over 53,000 times on our blog.

    Hard Drive Stats for Q1 2017

    The Results Tell the Story

    Since initiating the new search on our blog on September 4, there have been almost 23,000 site searches conducted, so we know you are using it. We’ve implemented pagination for the blog feed and search results so you know how many pages of results there are and made it easier to navigate to them.

    Now that we have this site search data, you likely are wondering which are the most popular search terms on our blog. Here are some of the top searches:

    What Do You Search For?

    Please tell us how you use site search and whether there are any other capabilities you’d like to see that would make it easier to find content on our blog.

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    Backblaze Release 5.1 – RMM Compatibility for Mass Deployments

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/rmm-for-mass-deployments/

    diagram of Backblaze remote monitoring and management

    Introducing Backblaze Computer Backup Release 5.1

    This is a relatively minor release in terms of the core Backblaze Computer Backup service functionality, but is a big deal for Backblaze for Business as we’ve updated our Mac and PC clients to be RMM (Remote Monitoring and Management) compatible.

    What Is New?

    • Updated Mac and PC clients to better handle large file uploads
    • Updated PC downloader to improve stability
    • Added RMM support for PC and Mac clients

    What Is RMM?

    RMM stands for “Remote Monitoring and Management.” It’s a way to administer computers that might be distributed geographically, without having access to the actual machine. If you are a systems administrator working with anywhere from a few distributed computers to a few thousand, you’re familiar with RMM and how it makes life easier.

    The new clients allow administrators to deploy Backblaze Computer Backup through most “silent” installation/mass deployment tools. Two popular RMM tools are Munki and Jamf. We’ve written up knowledge base articles for both of these.

    munki logo jamf logo
    Learn more about Munki Learn more about Jamf

    Do I Need To Use RMM Tools?

    No — unless you are a systems administrator or someone who is deploying Backblaze to a lot of people all at once, you do not have to worry about RMM support.

    Release Version Number:

    Mac:  5.1.0
    PC:  5.1.0

    Availability:

    October 12, 2017

    Upgrade Methods:

    • “Check for Updates” on the Backblaze Client (right click on the Backblaze icon and then select “Check for Updates”)
    • Download from: https://secure.backblaze.com/update.htm
    • Auto-update will begin in a couple of weeks
    Mac backup update PC backup update
    Updating Backblaze on Mac Updating Backblaze on Windows

    Questions:

    If you have any questions, please contact Backblaze Support at www.backblaze.com/help.

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    Spooky Halloween Video Contest

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/spooky-halloween-video-contest/

    Would You LIke to Play a Game? Let's make a scary movie or at least a silly one.

    Think you can create a really spooky Halloween video?

    We’re giving out $100 Visa gift cards just in time for the holidays. Want a chance to win? You’ll need to make a spooky 30-second Halloween-themed video. We had a lot of fun with this the last time we did it a few years back so we’re doing it again this year.

    Here’s How to Enter

    1. Prepare a short, 30 seconds or less, video recreating your favorite horror movie scene using your computer or hard drive as the victim — or make something original!
    2. Insert the following image at the end of the video (right-click and save as):
      Backblaze cloud backup
    3. Upload your video to YouTube
    4. Post a link to your video on the Backblaze Facebook wall or on Twitter with the hashtag #Backblaze so we can see it and enter it into the contest. Or, link to it in the comments below!
    5. Share your video with friends

    Common Questions
    Q: How many people can be in the video?
    A: However many you need in order to recreate the scene!
    Q: Can I make it longer than 30 seconds?
    A: Maybe 32 seconds, but that’s it. If you want to make a longer “director’s cut,” we’d love to see it, but the contest video should be close to 30 seconds. Please keep it short and spooky.
    Q: Can I record it on an iPhone, Android, iPad, Camera, etc?
    A: You can use whatever device you wish to record your video.
    Q: Can I submit multiple videos?
    A: If you have multiple favorite scenes, make a vignette! But please submit only one video.
    Q: How many winners will there be?
    A: We will select up to three winners total.

    Contest Rules

    • To upload the video to YouTube, you must have a valid YouTube account and comply with all YouTube rules for age, content, copyright, etc.
    • To post a link to your video on the Backblaze Facebook wall, you must use a valid Facebook account and comply with all Facebook rules for age, content, copyrights, etc.
    • We reserve the right to remove and/or not consider as a valid entry, any videos which we deem inappropriate. We reserve the exclusive right to determine what is inappropriate.
    • Backblaze reserves the right to use your video for promotional purposes.
    • The contest will end on October 29, 2017 at 11:59:59 PM Pacific Daylight Time. The winners (up to three) will be selected by Backblaze and will be announced on October 31, 2017.
    • We will be giving away gift cards to the top winners. The prize will be mailed to the winner in a timely manner.
    • Please keep the content of the post PG rated — no cursing or extreme gore/violence.
    • By submitting a video you agree to all of these rules.

    Need an example?

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    Backblaze Supports Apple’s macOS High Sierra

    Post Syndicated from Roderick Bauer original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/backblaze-supports-apples-macos-high-sierra/

    Backblaze on Apple macOS High Sierra

    Apple has released the latest version of its Macintosh operating system, macOS 10.13 “High Sierra.” It is available as a free download in the Mac App Store.

    We thought we’d put up a quick post today to let everyone know that the Backblaze Macintosh client has been tested and is compatible with High Sierra. For most users, your existing client is already compatible. Backblaze users can be certain they have the latest version of our client by selecting Check For Updates… from the Backblaze icon in the Apple Menu Bar.

    We wrote about the features and changes in the new Mac operating system in our recent blog post, Backblaze’s Upgrade Guide for macOS High Sierra. Highlights include improvements to the file system, video support, graphics, Siri, photos, and the Safari browser.

    Backblaze recommends backing up your computer before making major changes, such as installing a new version of the operating system. See our previous post on High Sierra or our Mac Backup Guide for assistance.

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    Extended Maintenance (Thursday 2-6pm Pacific)

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/extended-maintenance-thursday-2-6pm-pacific/

    As part of our Backblaze maintenance window (regularly Thursday 2-3pm Pacific), we are doing maintenance on some core Backblaze systems and may experience longer downtime affecting Backblaze B2 and Backblaze Computer Backup systems (both Personal and Business).

    The planned extended maintenance will be from Thursday from 2-6pm Pacific. We are anticipating that most systems will come back sooner, but want folks to plan accordingly in case the outage does last the full term.

    During this time no new Backblaze or Backblaze B2 accounts can be created.
    Additionally, during this time, some users may not be able to:

    • Log in to www.backblaze.com
    • Access and utilize Backblaze B2
    • Create Personal Backup and Business Backup Restores
    • Start downloading newly created restores (restores already downloading should continue)
    • Continue uploads from their computer (data will continue to be scanned and uploads will resume automatically after the maintenance)
    • Access and utilize the Backblaze Mobile Apps

    Not all Backblaze customers will be affected during the maintenance window, but it is best to assume you will not have access to the Backblaze services as noted above during the maintenance window.

    All Backblaze services are expected to resume once maintenance is complete.

    We will be updating this post with information as we go through the system maintenance, as well as updating our Twitter feeds for more information.

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    (Thursday 2-6pm Pacific)
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    Wanted: Front End Developer

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-front-end-developer/

    Want to work at a company that helps customers in over 150 countries around the world protect the memories they hold dear? Do you want to challenge yourself with a business that serves consumers, SMBs, Enterprise, and developers? If all that sounds interesting, you might be interested to know that Backblaze is looking for a Front End Developer​!

    Backblaze is a 10 year old company. Providing great customer experiences is the “secret sauce” that enables us to successfully compete against some of technology’s giants. We’ll finish the year at ~$20MM ARR and are a profitable business. This is an opportunity to have your work shine at scale in one of the fastest growing verticals in tech – Cloud Storage.

    You will utilize HTML, ReactJS, CSS and jQuery to develop intuitive, elegant user experiences. As a member of our Front End Dev team, you will work closely with our web development, software design, and marketing teams.

    On a day to day basis, you must be able to convert image mockups to HTML or ReactJS – There’s some production work that needs to get done. But you will also be responsible for helping build out new features, rethink old processes, and enabling third party systems to empower our marketing/sales/ and support teams.

    Our Front End Developer must be proficient in:

    • HTML, ReactJS
    • UTF-8, Java Properties, and Localized HTML (Backblaze runs in 11 languages!)
    • JavaScript, CSS, Ajax
    • jQuery, Bootstrap
    • JSON, XML
    • Understanding of cross-browser compatibility issues and ways to work around them
    • Basic SEO principles and ensuring that applications will adhere to them
    • Learning about third party marketing and sales tools through reading documentation. Our systems include Google Tag Manager, Google Analytics, Salesforce, and Hubspot

    Struts, Java, JSP, Servlet and Apache Tomcat are a plus, but not required.

    We’re looking for someone that is:

    • Passionate about building friendly, easy to use Interfaces and APIs.
    • Likes to work closely with other engineers, support, and marketing to help customers.
    • Is comfortable working independently on a mutually agreed upon prioritization queue (we don’t micromanage, we do make sure tasks are reasonably defined and scoped).
    • Diligent with quality control. Backblaze prides itself on giving our team autonomy to get work done, do the right thing for our customers, and keep a pace that is sustainable over the long run. As such, we expect everyone that checks in code that is stable. We also have a small QA team that operates as a secondary check when needed.

    Backblaze Employees Have:

    • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done
    • Strong desire to work for a small fast, paced company
    • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment
    • Comfort with well behaved pets in the office

    This position is located in San Mateo, California. Regular attendance in the office is expected. Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

    If this sounds like you
    Send an email to [email protected] with:

    1. Front End Dev​ in the subject line
    2. Your resume attached
    3. An overview of your relevant experience

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    Wanted: Automation Systems Administrator

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-automation-systems-administrator/

    Are you an Automation Systems Administrator who is looking for a challenging and fast-paced working environment? Want to a join our dynamic team and help Backblaze grow to new heights? Our Operations team is a distributed and collaborative group of individual contributors. We work closely together to build and maintain our home grown cloud storage farm, carefully controlling costs by utilizing open source and various brands of technology, as well as designing our own cloud storage servers. Members of Operations participate in the prioritization and decision making process, and make a difference everyday. The environment is challenging, but we balance the challenges with rewards, and we are looking for clever and innovative people to join us.

    Responsibilities:

    • Develop and deploy automated provisioning & updating of systems
    • Lead projects across a range of IT disciplines
    • Understand environment thoroughly enough to administer/debug any system
    • Participate in the 24×7 on-call rotation and respond to alerts as needed

    Requirements:

    • Expert knowledge of automated provisioning
    • Expert knowledge of Linux administration (Debian preferred)
    • Scripting skills
    • Experience in automation/configuration management
    • Position based in the San Mateo, California Corporate Office

    Required for all Backblaze Employees

    • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
    • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment.
    • Relentless attention to detail.
    • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
    • Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

    Company Description:
    Founded in 2007, Backblaze started with a mission to make backup software elegant and provide complete peace of mind. Over the course of almost a decade, we have become a pioneer in robust, scalable low cost cloud backup. Recently, we launched B2 – robust and reliable object storage at just $0.005/gb/mo. Part of our differentiation is being able to offer the lowest price of any of the big players while still being profitable.

    We’ve managed to nurture a team oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. We value our people and their families. Don’t forget to check out our “About Us” page to learn more about the people and some of our perks.

    We have built a profitable, high growth business. While we love our investors, we have maintained control over the business. That means our corporate goals are simple – grow sustainably and profitably.

    Some Backblaze Perks:

    • Competitive healthcare plans
    • Competitive compensation and 401k
    • All employees receive Option grants
    • Unlimited vacation days
    • Strong coffee
    • Fully stocked Micro kitchen
    • Catered breakfast and lunches
    • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
    • Childcare bonus
    • Normal work hours
    • Get to bring your pets into the office
    • San Mateo Office – located near Caltrain and Highways 101 & 280.

    If this sounds like you — follow these steps:

    1. Send an email to [email protected] with the position in the subject line.
    2. Include your resume.
    3. Tell us a bit about your experience and why you’re excited to work with Backblaze.

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    Wanted: Site Reliability Engineer

    Post Syndicated from Yev original https://www.backblaze.com/blog/wanted-site-reliability-engineer/

    Are you a Site Reliability Engineer who is looking for a challenging and fast-paced working environment? Want to a join our dynamic team and help Backblaze grow to new heights? Our Operations team is a distributed and collaborative group of individual contributors. We work closely together to build and maintain our home grown cloud storage farm, carefully controlling costs by utilizing open source and various brands of technology, as well as designing our own cloud storage servers. Members of Operations participate in the prioritization and decision making process, and make a difference everyday. The environment is challenging, but we balance the challenges with rewards, and we are looking for clever and innovative people to join us.

    Responsibilities:

    • Lead projects across a range of IT disciplines
    • Understand environment thoroughly enough to administer/debug any system
    • Collaborate on automated provisioning & updating of systems
    • Collaborate on network administration and security
    • Collaborate on database administration
    • Participate in the 24×7 on-call rotation and respond to alerts
      as needed

    Requirements:

    • Expert knowledge of Linux administration (Debian preferred)
    • Scripting skills
    • Experience in automation/configuration management (Ansible preferred)
    • Position based in the San Mateo, California Corporate Office

    Required for all Backblaze Employees

    • Good attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done.
    • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environment.
    • Relentless attention to detail.
    • Excellent communication and problem solving skills.
    • Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer and we offer competitive salary and benefits, including our no policy vacation policy.

    Company Description:
    Founded in 2007, Backblaze started with a mission to make backup software elegant and provide complete peace of mind. Over the course of almost a decade, we have become a pioneer in robust, scalable low cost cloud backup. Recently, we launched B2 – robust and reliable object storage at just $0.005/gb/mo. Part of our differentiation is being able to offer the lowest price of any of the big players while still being profitable.

    We’ve managed to nurture a team oriented culture with amazingly low turnover. We value our people and their families. Don’t forget to check out our “About Us” page to learn more about the people and some of our perks.

    We have built a profitable, high growth business. While we love our investors, we have maintained control over the business. That means our corporate goals are simple – grow sustainably and profitably.

    Some Backblaze Perks:

    • Competitive healthcare plans
    • Competitive compensation and 401k
    • All employees receive Option grants
    • Unlimited vacation days
    • Strong coffee
    • Fully stocked Micro kitchen
    • Catered breakfast and lunches
    • Awesome people who work on awesome projects
    • Childcare bonus
    • Normal work hours
    • Get to bring your pets into the office
    • San Mateo Office – located near Caltrain and Highways 101 & 280.

    If this sounds like you — follow these steps:

    1. Send an email to [email protected] with the position in the subject line.
    2. Include your resume.
    3. Tell us a bit about your experience and why you’re excited to work with Backblaze.

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