A proven recipe for building reliable and cheap Cloud Storage Pods

posted Jul 4, 2012, 3:25 PM by Bruce P. D'Sena   [ updated Jul 4, 2012, 3:25 PM ]
Any good IaaS cloud designer knows that when designing scalable clouds - dense form factors and highly elastic storage linked by high performance connectivity is key. In a few articles to come, we're going to be looking at how IaaS and PaaS clouds are designed and implemented.

Let's start by looking at Cheap storage - a fundamental problem almost every service provider needs to address.

Backblaze provides unlimited storage to customers for less than $5 per month. How did they figure out how to store hundreds of petabytes of customer data in a reliable, scalable way—and at the same time keep costs low? 

After looking at several overpriced commercial solutions, Backblaze actually decided to build their own custom Storage Pods to support their Cloud Service. This amazing post includes the complete plans and bill of materials for building these storage pods and is a must read for service providers and architects alike.

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