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Backblaze beats Bezos: Backup biz boasts bettering AWS bit bucket

Lower online cloud storage bills than Glacier

Backblaze, the disk reliability statistics-publishing cloud data-centre operator, says it has the world’s lowest-cost cloud storage, beating Amazon and others, with its B2 Cloud Storage offering.

The company is known for its personal and business software that enables Windows and Mac users to back up their files to a Backblaze datacentre – a public cloud, in other words. Personal backup costs $5/month per computer and business backup $50/year per computer.

Backblaze says its B2 Cloud Storage offering is lower than Amazon’s, even after Amazon’s latest $0.007/GB/month price for its Glacier archival storage.

The biz notes that the B2 Cloud Storage free tier offers 10GB of storage, with unlimited inbound bandwidth and 1GB/day outbound bandwidth. It points out:

  • Amazon, Microsoft, and Google have tiered pricing. Lowest-cost tier shown below. Backblaze is a single cost for all.
  • S3 reduced redundancy and Google reduced availability options priced. Standard storage is more expensive.
  • Amazon Glacier and Google Nearline are both $0.010/GB/month*, but have access delays and other restrictions.
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B2 Cloud Storage has a web interface plus a command-line interface, and an API for IT users and developers.

Backblaze says example uses are for storing data natively for web and mobile apps, archiving data for long-term cold storage, backing up data, and uploading large files to share with others.

A private beta starts in October 2015, and public availability should occur by the end of the year. Find out more here. ®

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