- Feb 2014
The enthusiast in me loves the Backblaze story. They are determined to deliver great value to their customers, and will go to any length to do so. Reading the blog posts about the extreme measures they took was engrossing, and I'm sure they enjoyed rising to the challenge. Their Storage Pod is a compelling design that has been field-tested extensively, and refined to provide a compelling price point per GB of storage.
An anecdote with data to quantify the experience has some value sort of drawing conclusions for making future decisions-- but the temptation to make decisions on that single story is high in the face of the void quantified stories & data from other sources. What is a responsible way to collect these data-stories and publish them with disclaimers sufficient enough to avoid the spin that invariably comes along with them?
In part the industry opens itself up to this kind of spin when the data at-scale is not made available publicly and we're all subject to the marketing-spin in the purchase decision-making process.