LTO was an interesting period and probably most useful for media professionals that have single tape drive decks. But the real market for tape is massive silos where the tapes sit reliably, dutifully, and not using any power while holding massive quantities of data. And if you have to use a "proprietary" tape cartridge and drive to do it, I fail to see how that's any different than the proprietary disks, disk bus interfaces, or flash and FTLs. On the other side you're talking FC or SAS or Ethernet, same as disk/flash talking SAS or NVMe.
Also no, where I live is typical of American Surburbia, if anything it's actually slightly better than the median who suffer through Ex-GTE hell and cable ISPs so bad they make even comcrud look good.
If you use half of a 30mbit upload for backing up, that's 5 terabytes a month. I think that covers a lot of real workloads.
And a user may not want to wait 20 hours for an operation to complete.
Yes - your first upload is going to be painful, but for the average user the following incremental backups are just a blip.
And if you're a business and have lots of files to backup, well, it's leased line time.
That's why I said "half". And if you make 1TB per month then it's only 10%. You could restrict it to overnight too.
> And a user may not want to wait 20 hours for an operation to complete.
Maybe. Tape backups are often on a daily basis anyway.
I've been maxing out my uplink 24/7 for the last 10 years. My upload speed has increased from 15 KB/s to 100 Mb/s in that time, and for the life of me I could not feel or measure any difference in downlink speed or perceived performance after switching to about 1 Mb/s and up.
Also for reference, most TCP stacks default to sending one ACK per two packets received.
Unfortunately they stopped all home sales, so it took weeks to seed to Backblaze.
Google and AT&T are taking their sweet-assed time laying fiber in my area, if they ever finish at all. 1G/1G is really the only solution.
If you think this is bad, I recommend you stay 100' away from Canada at all times.
Backblaze's system architecture is fairly failure tolerant, so they use a huge number of "consumer" grade drives that would cause enterprise people to run away screaming. They're successful with it.
I know a number of people who have self built ZFS servers in the $2000 to $18,000 price range, who also use consumer grade drives with a failure rate no higher than the expensive $450 enterprise drives.
I do not have a higher drive failure rate in my homelab than the enterprise gear I manage daily
at the end of the day the mechanical parts between the drives are very similar, the biggest difference if the firmware loads on the different types of drives.
I think what would "cause enterprise people to run away screaming" is that your data is stored by them in only one data center, and they don't offer a S3 compatible API (although someone may have addressed the latter).
Backblaze however correctly notes that if you really want redundancy, you get that from using two or more vendors.
Tape is physically a lot more robust than hard drives, the single endurance advantage the latter have is better tolerance of environmental extremes, heat and humidity.
I absolutely love their hard disk stats as well. Whenever I read one of their articles, I get the warm fuzzy feeling that these people really know their stuff and that my data would be safe with them.
Kudos for building great service and marketing in such a useful and informative manner.
Those kinds of stats are impossible to get by for mere mortals so we typically only have anectodes to go by.
So for that the visibility can not possibly be too much nor undeserved.
It's a textbook example of excellent content marketing. Not many services can do it like Backblaze, because not many services have something this interesting to write about.
Never underestimate the profit of a suitcase full of tapes hurtling through the airways?
Edit 4: And because it wouldn't be right to mention all those and not Backblaze's own offering in a submission spurred by Backblaze, https://www.backblaze.com/b2/solutions/datatransfer/fireball...
Edit: AWS: https://aws.amazon.com/snowball/disk/details/
Edit 2: GCE https://cloudplatform.googleblog.com/2018/06/Bust-a-move-wit...
Edit 3: Azure https://azure.microsoft.com/en-us/services/databox/data/
Backblaze does as well for their B2 service
Users shouldn't be the ones getting punished for this.
How would one “sell out of a country” when it’s an import ban?
“By March 2019, US import bans of LTO products of both manufacturers were in place.”
i.e. it would very interesting to me, and a huge endorsement of the process itself, if Google did some cloud back up on Azure or vice versa.
One the other hand I have chronically had problems with tapes I couldn't read, had spots of data corruption, or that took 18 hours to restore a 1500 byte file.
Part of it is that the use of tapes is less routine so it is a common mistake to think you wrote a good tape but you didn't check it and it's unreadable.
Another competitor for LTO tapes is BD-XL, which is more expensive per unit TB but the drives are cheaper.
BD-XL is wildly more expensive than LTO, although that won't matter if you can't get LTO to be reliable for you. Just checking now, B & H Photo which tends to have good prices and a good supply chain, $54.57 for 10 100GB BD-XL or a terabyte (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1101544-REG/verbatim_...), not so cutting edge and still with competition LTO-6 from Fujifilm, quantity 20, $11/TB (https://www.bhphotovideo.com/c/product/1096090-REG/fujifilm_...). We also have a problem with no one worth trusting making cheapest single level BDR discs, the least worst is CMC, and I wonder how long before BD-XL sufferer the same problem.