Why the economics of cloud storage aren’t always what they seem


Gleb Budman has built his cloud-backup company, BackBlaze, into a profitable venture that houses petabytes of data in total and costs users only $5 a month for unlimited capacity. The company’s open source designs for building massive-capacity, dirt-cheap “pods” housing 180 terabytes apiece are so popular they even attracted interest from the CIA. But when Backblaze started, Budman told us on this week’s Structure Show podcast, people thought he was crazy.

Here are my favorite quotes from a very quotable episode, in which Budman shares his thoughts and insights on everything from the economics of storage to his presentation at the annual FailCon event. You’ll certainly want to listen to the whole show to hear all that Budman has to say, though.

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On what inspired $5-a-month unlimited storage and, thus, the pods

“There was this huge bell…

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