Backblaze isn’t in the box building business. They designed the storage pod for their backup business and released the plans out of the goodness of their hearts and for the free publicity.
I’ve thought that this could be a viable business for someone who doesn’t want to be the next NetApp or Isilon. Someone happy to build and ship boxes on a cost-plus basis to people who understand and can support a fault-tolerant software layer above the box, but who don’t have time to chase down miscellaneous hardware from vendors who prefer to sell in bulk.
That vendor has emerged: Protocase, the quick-turn enclosure shop that builds Backblaze’s enclosures.
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