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Seeking: Data Protectors

The Backblaze Operations Team continues to grow. We’ve sworn to protect our customers from data loss, and need some help to continue our rapid growth! If you think you have what it takes, we have three Ops positions for you to choose from! If you have a particular set of skills that fits either of the two below openings, follow the instructions at the end of the post!

All Backblaze positions require:

  • Great attitude and willingness to do whatever it takes to get the job done
  • Strong desire to work for a small fast, but fast-paced company
  • Desire to learn and adapt to rapidly changing technologies and work environments
  • Rigorous adherence to best practices
  • Relentless attention to detail
  • Excellent interpersonal and written/oral communication skills
  • Fantastic troubleshooting and problem solving skills

Systems Administrator, Cloud Storage

  • Rebuild failed RAID arrays and debug other RAID problems as needed
  • Diagnose and repair file system problems with JFS and ext4 and debug other system problems
  • Maintain farm of hundreds of storage servers (pods) including deploying/configuring new systems and troubleshooting problems
  • Assist with networks and services (static/dynamic web servers and monitoring systems, etc) as needed
  • Assist in efforts to automate provisioning and other tasks that need to be run across hundreds of servers
  • Assist in Backblaze datacenter(s)(Sacramento, CA area) to help with daily operational tasks (racking new servers, replacing drives, reviewing logs, etc..) when necessary
  • Participate in the 24×7 on-call pager rotation and respond to alerts as needed. This may include occasional trips to the datacenter
  • Write, design, maintain, and support operational documentation and scripts
  • Assist in supervising and directing junior operations staff when necessary
  • Help train operations staff as needed
  • Strong knowledge of Linux system administration
  • 4+ years of relevant experience
  • Ability to move/lift 50-75lbs and work down near the floor as needed
  • Position based in the San Francisco Bay Area or Sacramento area, California – requiring 2+ days/week in San Mateo, CA
  • Experience configuring and supporting Linux software RAID (mdadm on Debian)
  • Experience configuring and supporting file systems on Linux (JFS & ext4 on Debian)
  • Experience troubleshooting server hardware/component issues
  • Moderate to strong Bash scripting skills

Datacenter Technician – Sacramento area, California

  • Work as Backblaze’s physical presence in Sacramento area datacenter(s)
  • Help maintain physical infrastructure including racking equipment, replacing hard drives and other system components
  • Repair and troubleshoot defective equipment with minimal supervision
  • Support datacenter’s 24×7 staff to install new equipment, handle after hours emergencies and other tasks
  • Help manage onsite inventory of hard drives, cables, rails, and other spare parts
  • RMA defective components
  • Setup, test, and activate new equipment via the Linux command line
  • Help train new Data Center Technicians as needed
  • Help with projects to install new systems and services as needed
  • Follow and improve data center best practices and documentation
  • Maintain a clean and well organized work environment
  • On-call responsibilities include 24×7 trips to data center to resolve issues that can’t be handled remotely
  • Excellent communication, time management, problem solving, and organizational skills
  • Ability to learn quickly
  • Ability to lift/move 50-75lbs and word down near the floor on a daily basis
  • Position is based near Sacramento, California and may require periodic visits to the Backblaze Corporate office in San Mateo
  • Working knowledge of Linux
  • 1-2 years experience in technology related field
  • Experience working at a decenter in a support role

Interested? Check out this video on our Datacenter Operations Team

Ready to join our team? Follow these three steps:

  1. Send an Email to: with the desired position listed in the subject line
  2. Include your resume
  3. Include your answers to 2 of the following 3questions:
    • What about the prospect of working at Backblaze excites you most?
    • Provide 3 adjectives that best describe your personal workspace.
    • How would you manage boot images and system configurations on 1,000+ servers (i.e. Backblaze Storage Pods)?

We’ll be interviewing candidates over the next couple of weeks. Join us and help us continue to build a great online backup company.

Backblaze is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

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Marketing Intern: Angelina


Now that Marketing Intern Lisa is heading back to college, we proudly introduce our new Marketing Intern, Angelina. Her hobbies include musical theater, singing, sculpting, and fencing, but it was her love of digital arts that was most intriguing to us here at Backblaze.

Where are you from?
I currently live in Pittsburg, California.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
I’ve always had an interest in Graphic Design and this experience will help me in my pursuit of a marketing career.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
I’m working with the marketing team learning to develop social media ads and create good images for ads through Photoshop.

Where else have you worked?
This is my first professional job, but I am very active in the leadership of various youth groups.

What’s your dream job?
I’m pursuing Graphic Design in Marketing, but my specific dream career is to be a trading pin designer for Disney.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
I have been on 7 Disney Cruises, but my favorite port of call was Castaway Cay, an island owned by Disney.

Of what achievement are you most proud?
My Presidential Award in Academics.

What Angelina lacks in experience, she more than makes up for in youthful enthusiasm. She’ll certainly keep our creative services department on it’s toes the next several weeks. Welcome to Backblaze.


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Engineering Intern: Eli


Eli is a self-described lover of magic tricks and is now also an engineering intern at Backblaze. We gave him a shirt and told him to learn the product ropes from our CTO Brian so that he can “abracadabra” and make bugs disappear.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
I have been a supporter of Backblaze since its very creation many years ago and I’ve have been a follower over the years. I am very excited at the opportunity to be an intern here.

What do you expect to learn while being at Backblaze?
At Backblaze I hope to learn more about how a successful software company works and operates. I also hope that I will be able to use and improve my computer science skills.

What achievement are you most proud?
Last year, I attended the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair with my project partner and was awarded a Third Place Award in Plant Sciences. I was extremely honored and proud to attend an event with so many amazing projects.

What is your favorite place you’ve traveled?

Before coming to Backblaze, I was able to travel to the beautiful country of Costa Rica and conduct research on the endangered sea turtle populations there. It is the most gorgeous place I have ever been, and I was very lucky to be able to have such a wonderful experience.

Favorite Hobby?
Aside from computer science, I enjoy playing tennis and soccer. I am also a lover of magic tricks, ping-pong, and watching basketball.

Join us in welcoming Eli to Backblaze as one of our summer interns. We look forward to helping him sharpen his computer skills.


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Welcome Chris, Sys Admin & Backup Maniac


Let’s welcome Chris as a Senior Systems Administrator for Backblaze. Born and raised in San Jose, California, Chris joins Backblaze after stints at VMWare, Sunrun and a couple of other local organizations.

Tell us how you backup your photos, music, data, etc. on your home computer?
It depends on what the type of file is and how volatile. Static media (pics, music, videos) are synced back to my primary storage array and colo servers via Bittorrent Sync. Documents are all synced to Google Drive (usually because they are created there too). Scratch documents, shared docs, and misc. are multi-synced to Google Drive, Dropbox, and Box. Super critical documents and such are multi-synced + bittorrent synced.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
Many many moons ago, your first storage pod came across my RSS feeds and I followed it back to your blog, ever since then I’ve been following you guys. When I got the call and started interviewing I was impressed with the friendliness and knowledge of the team members and the overall sanity of the work place, something that can definitely be a rarity in the valley.

How did you get into computers?
My Grandpa and Grandma moved to this country and got in on the very early computers. My Dad was raised with and on them and went into computers. It was kind of a given that I’d be getting into it as well. Case in point, I learned to type and use DOS long before I had writing figured out fully.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Disneyland, but then I don’t travel too much either. Washington D.C. and Boston were pretty cool too.

Favorite hobby?
I think I split my time fairly evenly between tinkering/experimenting with new hardware/software, reading (books, comics, manga, etc.), and playing video games (usually PC, sometimes console or board).

Of what achievement are you most proud?
Hmm. I had a kind of…decentralized load-balancing scheme I set up once that was pretty neat. I think otherwise every time I achieve something, I tend to do something I consider to be cooler the following year.

Anything else you’d like our audience to know about you?
Yes; 42, 117, 413, 612, 1025 and 11 11 11.

I think that sums it up quite nicely. Welcome to Backblaze Chris.


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Candace Sails Her Way to Backblaze


Let’s welcome Candace as she joins Backblaze as a Senior Software Engineer, initially assigned to our Mobile products group. Previously she had worked with our CTO, Brian and yet she still decided to join us ;-)

What’s your favorite hobby?
I love both cooking and sailing. Over the last year I’ve been working my way through the American Sailing Association certifications, I’d love to be able to charter a boat.

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do?
I’m pretty happy with my life now. I think my post-lottery life would be just the same except with a catamaran.

Where are you originally from?
A tiny town in Wisconsin. I moved to the Bay Area when I was young, then moved back to Wisconsin a few years back.

Why did you move back here?
I’ve missed the people here, the tech industry, the weather, the fresh food, the oceans, and the mountains. I even missed the fog. I’m really looking forward to working with Brian W., Brian B., and Monika again.

How did you get into computers?
I got a Commodore 64 when I was young. I remember writing simple games in BASIC and playing around with the turtle graphics. It seemed like magic.

Where did you go to school?
I have a BS in electrical engineering and computer science from MIT.

Where else have you worked?
At first I worked on video editing and search software (SGI and Virage), more recently I worked on bioinformatics software (DNASTAR and Roche NimbleGen).

We look forward to having Captain Candace aboard the good ship Backblaze. May the skies be clear, the seas be calm, and the winds be strong.


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Next Batter: James, Partner Program Manager


James started at Backblaze several months ago as a contractor and recently accepted our invitation to join Backblaze as an employee. We hired him not only for his partner management skills, but because he said he would manage the Backblaze softball team. Now all we need is a Backblaze softball team.

Are you from the Bay Area?
I’ve lived in the San Francisco Bay Area since 5th grade and graduated from San Jose State. [Ed: Go Spartans]

Where have you worked before Backblaze?
I started my career when I was living in Palo Alto with a good friend of mine who had just joined a recently funded startup a few blocks away from our place. They needed someone to buy Aeron chairs and stock the fridge with organic fruit. I excelled. I’ve also taught English in Korea and done Sales and Partner Management for a couple of startups in Silicon Valley.

How do you backup your photos, music, data, etc. on your home computer?
I use Backblaze to back up my two laptops and an external drive. I was one of the original customers way back when. It works great! I’m hoping they come out with NAS support some time soon.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
Rose Island: a tiny piece of snorkeling paradise in the Bahamas.

Favorite hobby?
Duh, Softball. I also like running, it’s where I get some of my best ideas.

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do?
Totally freak out. Then travel around the world with my family.

As a Partner Program Manager, James spends his time pitching to partners about the Backblaze partner program and handling the curves that come with along the job. He only wears his cleats to the office on Tuesdays – that’s game night.


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Welcome Ariel: Nomad, Couch Surfer


Ariel has a beautiful home in Oregon, yet we lured him to the San Francisco Bay Area to work for Backblaze as our new Purchasing and Inventory Manager. As he gets settled into the Bay Area, Ariel has become somewhat of a nomad, making the couch de jure his latest home. He doesn’t have to be a couch surfer, but he really seems to like it.

Why did you move here?
My Fiancée and I love San Francisco and the Bay Area. We visit frequently and have often daydreamed about living here. We are drawn to the higher energy, vibrant arts and the fantastic food of the Bay Area.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
I’ve actually been a Backblaze customer for a number of years. Needless to say, I appreciate the product and really like what we’re doing. I used to be fascinated reading the blog posts about PODs.

How did you get into computers?
I remember the joy of my parents buying me a Commodore 64 when I was in 5th grade. That was really exciting at the time. We also got a Mac Plus shortly afterwards, which got me hooked. I’ve been heavily into computers since then. In 1988 my family moved to Cupertino, and, well …I guess it’s in the air.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
There are certainly a lot of places I still need to see. Throughout my travels I felt a real affinity for the Scottish Highlands, Tallinn Estonia, Riga Latvia, and Hong Kong.

Favorite hobby?
I love filmmaking. I’m particularly drawn to cinematography. Music and photography are also favorites of mine.

If you won the lottery tomorrow, what would you do?
I’d buy an Arri Amira camera package and start traveling the world with my Fiancée, making films.

Let’s hope that if Ariel wins the lottery and starts traveling the world with his Fiancée he gets over his couch surfing ways and gets a room. In the mean time, he’ll be a welcome addition to the Backblaze family.


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Marketing Intern: Lisa


Lisa joins us as a Summer Intern in our marketing department while on break from her studies at McGill University in Montreal Canada. As an intern, she’ll spend a couple of months trying to organize what marketing has spent the last year messing up. Let’s all wish her good luck.

What are you studying at school?
I just finished my first year at McGill and I’m studying Environment Biodiversity and Conservation with a minor in Communication Studies.

Where are you originally from?
My parents are from St. Petersburg, Russia but I was born and raised in Des Moines, Iowa.

What attracted you to Backblaze?
My older brother, Yev, has worked for Backblaze for a number of years and he recommended that I apply for an internship and what better internship to have than one in Silicon Valley with your brother’s friends and coworkers!

How did you get into computers?
Watching Yev play videogames my entire childhood definitely opened up my eyes to computers. It was only when he would let me play Worms Armageddon, Grand Theft Auto, and Sims that I really started to figure them out. I also taught myself basic HTML a few years ago in order to make some graphics look pretty on a webpage for a website.

Favorite place you’ve traveled?
I did a study abroad for a summer in Seoul, South Korea. Living with a host family and learning Korean with other students was an experience I won’t forget for a long time!

Favorite hobby?
Researching actors and actresses I find interesting and watching all of their movies or TV shows. It’s a little bit of an obsession at times, but I’m proud to say that I have seen every film and TV show that Henry Cavill has been in!

Anything else you’d like you’d like to tell us?
I’m a huge Marilyn Monroe fan and am currently trying to make my way through watching all of her films, biopics, and documentaries about her. I highly recommend Some Like it Hot!


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