September 30, 2015
Backblaze is a very popular company, especially in the online backup niche. That is (or was, until now) the company’s main field of operation, providing a great service designed for end-users, with unlimited storage space and supporting unlimited file sizes.
However, recently the company dived into new waters, as it announced the launch of its own new cloud storage service, Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage. Particularly due to the announced competitive pricing, will aim to fight with other similar services like Amazon S3 and the cloud storage services that are part of Microsoft Azure and Google’s Cloud Platform.
Storing over 150 petabytes of data in more than 46,000 hard drives it is fair to say that Backblaze, founded 8 years ago, knows its share about storage. The B2 Cloud Storage service enables everyone, from the most amateur to the most professional Internet users, giving users the ability to store, retrieve and/or share data and scale up and down, paying only for what they use. This means that it works in a very similar fashion to the aforementioned competitors but, reportedly, with at a lower cost.
It is important to clarify that, by being a IaaS (Infrastructure-as-a-Service) service, the B2 Cloud Storage is not similar to file storage services like Dropbox, iCloud, or Google Drive. In fact, it is similar to the structures they are built upon – as an example, Dropbox was originally built on Amazon S3, this one a comparable service to B2 Cloud Storage.
In terms of plans and pricing, B2 Cloud Storage actually has a Free Tier plan, offering 10GB of storage, free upload and 1GB of free downloads per day. On the other hand, the paid tier charges $0.005/GB/month to store, free upload as well and a fee of $0.05 per each GB downloaded from the cloud. Amazingly, these costs are 3 to 30 times smaller than other cloud services – for example, the lowest-cost tier of Amazon S3 costs $0.022/GB/month.
The service is now working in a private beta, for which you can get an invite here. According to Backblaze, the B2 Cloud Storage should be public and working by the end of this year, so we will probably hear more about this service in the near future.
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