David Friend of Wasabi | Interview snippets from NAB BuZZ 2019 podcasts with Larry Jordan

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Larry Jordan: Welcome back. We've got a guest we've had many times before and I'm looking forward to chatting with him again. His name is David Friend. He's the CEO of Wasabi. And David, it's always good to see you. Welcome back.

David Friend: Thanks. Nice to be here.

Larry Jordan: I have always had curiosity at what Wasabi does and I ask you this every year, and I managed to forget it from one show to the next. How would you describe what Wasabi does?

David Friend: It's pretty simple, Wasabi is cloud storage. Our product is designed to be identical to Amazon S3 cloud storage except it's about one fifth the price, and up to about six times faster, and there are no egress fees.

Larry Jordan: But should we make decisions in the cloud solely based on price?

David Friend: Well, if it's 80% cheaper, a lot of things that just don't make economic sense. At $23 a terabyte per month can make a lot of sense at $6 terabyte per month. So I would say that if you talk to the people who are signing up with Wasabi, and we have about over 6000 customers today and we're adding a petabyte of storage every couple of daysÔøΩ

Larry Jordan: Oh my goodness.

David Friend: I would say that 90% of those people are with us because of price.

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About Larry Jordan/Digital Production BuZZ

Larry Jordan is a 50-year veteran of media. Throughout his career, he has edited, produced, and directed at the local and network TV levels, and he's done extensive work with corporate training videos. He started his namesake website,, in 2003 and began using his extensive industry knowledge to educate current and aspiring media professionals. He has authored nine books and thousands of how-to articles on both production and post-production.

Digital Production BuZZ is a weekly podcast that focuses on the latest trends and advancements in media technology and also shines a light on the industry's leading innovators.

To learn more about Digital Production BuZZ and Larry Jordan, head here.

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