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By letting Android users see files stored on their PCs, Backblaze takes another step toward sync services such as Dropbox.
That's half off the regular price for this highly automated service, which works with Windows and Mac PCs and includes laptop location-tracking.
The online storage company concludes that higher-end drives geared for business use aren't actually more reliable than their consumer-grade counterparts.
After measuring failure rates for four years, the online backup service is optimistic that buying cheaper consumer-grade hard drives was the right choice.
Nobody seriously believes that the NSA would helpfully give you backup if your hard drive failed. But an employee of the online storage company Backblaze asked anyway.
Want to launch your own high-capacity networked storage infrastructure? Backblaze just shared its new 180-terabyte Storage Pod design.
The online backup startup will release an app in coming weeks to let iOS users see and share files, including versions up to 30 days old.
To avoid breaking a promise not to raise its prices, the online backup company relied on employees and their families to scour the nation's retailers for 3TB drives.
The company turned down other investment offers, but accepted $5 million from TMT Investments so it could expand its online backup business without losing control.
Online-backup company Backblaze is betting it will find profits in a new low-cost version of its Web storage service for businesses, entering an increasingly crowded market.