What is Backblaze?

Backblaze is a cloud-based data protection and backup tool and cloud storage service.

Backblaze is cloud storage that's astonishingly easy and low-cost.

With over 750 Petabytes stored and over 35 billion files recovered (and counting) - backup offers:

Personal Backup: Never lose a file again. Get unlimited cloud backup for your Mac or PC that is just $6/month.

Business Backup: The easy, effective way to manage your team's backup needs - Desktop, Laptop, Server, and NAS.

B2 Cloud Storage: High Performance Cloud Storage at ¼ the Price of S3, and scales to any size you need for all of your needs:
- Backup and Archive: Use B2 to backup or archive your data to the cloud making sure it is safe and secure.
- Replace LTO: Move your tape archives to B2 and have instant access to all your data and digital media.
LTO alternatives
- Media Workflows: Build global creative workflow and make your entire asset archives active and online
- Develop: Build your apps storage on top of B2 Cloud and save money and time

Backblaze Awards

Backblaze currently scores 92/100 in the Backup category. This is based on user satisfaction (92/100), press buzz (58/100), recent user trends (rising), and other relevant information on Backblaze gathered from around the web.

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Backblaze Review

Editors' Review by the Backup Software Review Team

Each week we feature an app that has caught the attention of the Crozdesk community. We look for exciting features that make our lives easier, apps that take a radical approach to existing problems or a service that has everyone talking about it. In other words, apps that we think you should know about. This week’s featured app is efficient and secure online backup software, Backblaze.

Data Security

There can be no avoiding the fact that, worldwide, we now produce staggering amounts of data. In 2012, the world generated 2.5 exabytes of data each day – that’s 2.5 billion gigabytes. Much of this data is highly valuable and personal – it is important therefore that this data is stored as securely as possible. Not only does this data-culture present challenges in terms of security, but the potential for data loss is also a problem. That’s where online backup app, Backblaze comes in handy. Backblaze is designed to backup all of your files, ensuring you never fall victim to data loss or theft again – let’s take a look at how Backblaze works…

Simple and Secure Online Backup

Backblaze works by initially backing up all the data files on a given computer and then updating only those files which change. This means that the initial upload can take up to a day however users can allocate more internet bandwidth to the backup process by adjusting the performance settings on Backblazes’s desktop functionality. Future uploads are incremental and quicker than the initial backup. Compatible with both Windows and Mac, online backup tool Backblaze backs up valuable data that can then be retrieved if a computer is lost or stolen.

Personal Backup

Backblaze is available in a variety of formats, the first of these is the Personal Backup service. Sign-in is easy, simply enter your name and email address to begin a trial version of Backblaze. While the app works on the cloud, it is necessary to install Backblaze to your desktop before using it. The layout of Backblaze is startlingly simple, once downloaded, simply hit the “Backup now” button and provided you have a sound internet connection, Backblaze will automatically begin backing up all the files on your computer.

Backup Files Securely Online with Backblaze: Crozdesk App of the Week

Sign in online before downloading online backup tool Backblaze to your computer

Unlimited Storage

Impressively, Backblaze offers unlimited data backup for your computer and any removable storage devices. Once downloaded to your desktop, Backblaze will automatically begin backing up your files, this process can take some time. The main Backblaze screen offers the option to pause the backup process until a certain time when it will re-start automatically. The screen also shows the number of files selected for backup, remaining files to be backed up and the backup schedule, whether continuous or otherwise. It is worth nothing that while most files are backed up with Backblaze, OS applications, system caches or other temporary files are not backed up.

Backup Files Securely Online with Backblaze: Crozdesk App of the Week

Once downloaded to your computer, simply hit the “Backup Now” button – online backup tool Backblaze

Restore Options

Clicking the Restore Options opens a new window which explains the three different types of restore functionality available. Here you have the free option to download your data in a zip file or alternatively you can pay to receive your files on a physical storage device. A charge of $99 is payable to receive files on a USB Flash Drive with a max storage of up to 128 GB or for $189, you will be sent a USB Hard Drive containing up to 4 TB of your data.

Backup Files Securely Online with Backblaze: Crozdesk App of the Week

Select file restore options with online backup tool Backblaze

Personalise Backblaze

The settings section allows you to adjust settings relating to the backup of your files. Features include:

  • Main settings menu: Allows adjustment of the online name for your computer, specification of a temporary data drive and specification of a warning time limit, whereby Backblaze will warn you if your computer is not backed up frequently; other features include the option to select which hard drives or external storage devices you wish to back up
  • Schedule: Use this function to alter your backup schedule
  • Exclusions: Allows the user to specify which file types are exempt from backup as well as any folders which are not to be backed up; an option to specify maximum file size for backup is also available here
  • Security: The security window offers an explanation of the security measures used to backup your files. Files scheduled for backup are encrypted using military-grade security and sent via a secure SSL connection to the Backblaze data centers. An optional private encryption key can be specified by the user here, importantly, Backblaze never stores this key, and the key is required for users to decrypt or restore any of their files
  • Reports: This function offers a dashboard view of the types of files which are being backed up, a list of files scheduled for back up along with a list of any issues found can be viewed from here

Backup Files Securely Online with Backblaze: Crozdesk App of the Week

The settings panel in online backup tool Backblaze

Online Functionality

In addition to its desktop features, Backblaze includes accompanying web functionality. Online functions include a dashboard view of your chosen and backed up computers; options to adjust restore preferences; a list of recent restores; tracing of a registered computer; subscription plan adjustment and an option to specify the frequency of backups.

Backup Files Securely Online with Backblaze: Crozdesk App of the Week

Use the “locate My Computer” function if your computer is lost or stolen, with online backup tool Backblaze

Price Plans

Impressively Backblaze provides unlimited online backup for what is claimed to be the lowest flat fee in the industry. The pricing plans for Backblaze are simple, prices are per computer and are $5 per month, $50 per year or $95 for 2 years.

Backup Files Securely Online with Backblaze: Crozdesk App of the Week

A simple pricing structure – online backup tool Backblaze

Backblaze for Business

The second version of Backblaze is a business orientated solution with a number of useful benefits for businesses:

  • Offsite access: Allows employees to remotely connect to the fies they need, wherever they are
  • Unlimited: With an unlimited storage capacity for every computer-based subscription, all employee data will be backed up at all times, regardless of size. Backblaze also offers no restrictions on file types and backup of external drives
  • Cost efficient: With a single, fixed subscription fee per computer, Backblaze allows finance teams to accurately predict the cost of their digital storage and budget accordingly. A centralised licensing set up, invoice and billing panel also offer easy financial administration
  • Fast: Backblaze is optimised to work as quickly as possible with a user’s internet connection, backing up as quickly as bandwidth allows
  • Secure: Military-grade security
  • Easy restore: Whether over zip-file, via a flash drive or via USB hard-drive, file restoring is simple

B2 Cloud Storage

The third and most recent addition to Backblaze, B2 Cloud storage offers cloud storage rates of $0.005/GB a month, the lowest on the planet, according to the Backblaze team. Useful for Cloud Storage, Disaster Recovery and Backup and Archiving, this impressive feature offers unlimited cloud storage functionality with the following features, ideal for businesses, developers and IT professionals:

  • Easy: Intuitive UX and easy to use
  • Reliable: Layers of redundancy to ensure data is durable and available
  • Secure: Backblaze uses technology and procedures to ensure robust security. All connections are HTTPS, account access offers Two-Factor Verification, and APIs are secured with authentication tokens
  • API: Build your application on top of an intuitive interface
  • Command Line (CLI): Script your uploads/downloads
  • Live: Data is instantly available; no offline or nearline delays
  • Scale Freely: Unlimited Storage: Upload 1 file or millions. 1 MB or 100 petabytes
  • Pay For What You Use: No need to plan and pay for extra head room

Backup Files Securely Online with Backblaze: Crozdesk App of the Week

New B2 Cloud Storage tool offers developers and professionals unlimited cloud storage, part of online backup tool Backblaze

Complex Encryption, Uncomplicated UX

Backblaze is a highly-effective, simple-to-use and secure online backup tool. When using it, you can be reassured that the tool’s encryption levels are complex and sophisticated enough to protect your files. While Backblaze uses complex technology, it is by no means complicated to use, making file backup a trouble-free process. The new addition of B2 Cloud Storage is an impressive update that will no doubt be very useful to business, developers or IT departments wishing to store large amounts of data on the cloud.

Backblaze Product Overview

  • Do More Faster: ‍Set up in minutes and enjoy always-hot access via S3-compatible API, SDKs, and CLI.

  • Scale Flexibly ‍Go: global with seamless connections to leading CDN and compute services.

  • Win Affordably: Grow with single-tier storage pricing that's a fraction the cost of AWS S3 and free egress up to 3X of data storied.

  • Faster Data Access: ‍Store where you want—U.S. & EU data centers, for redundancy, availability, and optional cloud replication.

  • Seamless Integrations: B2 Cloud Storage integrates with top backup software. Choose the software that works best for your needs, with valuable features like Object Lock, advanced encryption options, and centralized management.

  • User Friendly: Figuring out your backup solution shouldn’t take weeks of planning. Most B2 Cloud Storage customers are able to get set up in minutes. If you do need extra help, our teams provide super fast support.

  • High Value: At $6/TB/month, B2 Cloud Storage is the industry's most affordable cloud storage—one-fifth the cost of Amazon's AWS S3—without any trade-offs in performance.

  • Object Lock: Utilize B2 Cloud Storage with Veeam and protect your business from a ransomware attack with Object Lock for immutable cloud backups.

  • Workflow Friendly: Seamlessly connects with NAS, SAN, MAM, and other tools

Languages Supported: English

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Backblaze Pricing

Backblaze Pricing Plans


1 user(s) / month
  • $6 (TB/Month)
  • Egress $0 ($/GB)

Annual Capacity Bundles

1 user(s) / month
  • $19,500 (250TB/year)
  • Egress $0 ($/GB)

Credit card required: N/A

Backblaze FAQs

What is Backblaze generally used for?

  • IaaS
  • Backup
  • Active Media Archive

What are some applications Backblaze is commonly used in tandem with?

  • Veeam
  • Fastly
  • Cloudflare
  • MSP360
  • Iconik
  • Synology
  • QNAP

Who are the main user groups of Backblaze?

  • IT
  • Engineering
  • Systems Admin

What platforms does Backblaze support?

  • S3
  • Windows
  • Mac
  • Linux

Does Backblaze offer an API?

  • S3-Compatible APIs
  • Native APIs
  • Partner APIs
  • Native API SDKs
  • S3-Compatible SDKs

Does Backblaze offer multi-user capability (e.g. teams)?

  • Teams
  • Groups

Does Backblaze offer guides, tutorials and or customer support?

  • Quick-Start Guides
  • Integrations
  • API Documentation
  • SDKs
  • Get Started

Does Backblaze integrate with any other apps?

  • Integrations
  • Cloudflare Integrations
  • Cyberduck Integrations
  • Dropshare Integrations
  • Fastly Integrations
  • Iconik Integrations
  • MSP360 Integrations
  • QNAP Systems Integrations
  • Quest Integrations
  • Snowflake Integrations
  • Synology Integrations
  • Time Machine Integrations
  • TrueNAS Integrations
  • Veeam Software Integrations
  • Veritas Integrations
  • Vultr Integrations
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