Backblaze Increases Pricing for Unlimited Backup

(Adam Engst) #1

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Online backup service Backblaze will soon increase the price of its unlimited plan from $5 to $6 per month. Annual and bi-annual discounts will remain available, and current subscribers can extend subscriptions by a year at the old rates.


(Grant Hiesterman) #2

All-in-all, it is a reasonable increase for my little corner of the world. I only needed one catastrophic data loss plus reading Joe Kissell’s Take Control of Backing Up Your Mac to initiate a disciplined backup routine for both onsite and the cloud. This allows me to sleep at night and focus on my business and things that matter to me. If all my computers were destroyed or stolen I would still have my local and offsite backups. If those were somehow lost I would have Backblaze. If they are not recoverable on Backblaze I probably have larger problems to concern myself.


(Mark McKean) #3

One dollar a month for such an important service, even in a dwindling
field of competitors, is more than reasonable. Netflix raises its price
more often, in larger amounts, for a much less important service.

[For the record, for those who recall my previous issues with Backblaze,
I am not currently a user of their service, but with the relatively
recent closing of CrashPlan to home users leaving few options for
whole-system online backup, it’s likely that I will be signing up with
them again, once I get certain issues with my broadband connection
resolved. (With two cable providers and one fiber provider available at
my location, you’d think I’d be able to get decent broadband service at
a reasonable cost, especially compared to markets that have only one bad
option. You’d be wrong. But that’s another discussion.) Carbonite, the
primary alternative, simply doesn’t offer a cost-effective plan that
covers the several terabytes of data I’m trying to protect.]

Mark D. McKean


(Adam Engst) #4

Yeah, in the scheme of price increases, this seems like the most reasonable one I’ve seen in years. Not very much, and with transparent reasoning.


(gmm421) #5

Its not surprising they lured people in after Crash Plan died and raised prices. Not buying the excuse that the price of storage has not decreased. Did their financial wizards believe it was going to keep going down? Costs go up. I moved to iDrive, and I am very satisfied with the service. Much better than Carbonite, at least with a Mac.


(Adam Engst) #6

Well, yes, the price of storage always does go down. What changed is that the amount of data that people back up has increased faster than the cost of storage is dropping, so it no longer comes out in the wash.

I’m glad iDrive is working well for you—how much are you paying there for how much data?


(gmm421) #7

So if the price of storage always goes down, why do the attribute their price hike to more people using it? If more people are using the service, they should be making more profit to buy more storage space.

I pay $149.25 for 2 years and 250 GB of data, unlimited users, computers, and servers. Also, it is HIPAA compliant, which is important for my needs. It is a business account, with other features I use, such as syncing.


(douglerner) #8

With regards to " If you’re already a subscriber, Backblaze is offering the option of extending your subscription by a year at the previous annual rate of $50. which seems like an easy decision if you’re happy with the service and already paying for an annual or bi-annual subscription."

Yes, I am happy with the service and will go ahead and extend my subscription for a year at the $50 rate.


(Jeremy Roussak) #9

Perhaps you might re-read Adam’s comment. You appear to be confusing the number of users with the amount of data each user backs up.


(Adam Engst) #10

What’s important to note is that Backblaze offers an unlimited backup plan—you can back up as much data as you want on a single computer, including external hard drives. I’m currently backing up 788 GB, for instance, and I’ll pay $145 over 3 years based on my previous plan and the $50 extension. So for Backblaze, adding more customers doesn’t necessarily scale with the costs of supporting those customers, depending on how much data they back up.

iDrive’s approach allows for a tight match between customer accounts and provisioning the back end, since if they add a 250 GB account like yours, they know they need another 250 GB of storage to support you, but no more. And because they’re tying the account to storage, they can let you back up as many machines as you want since it can never cost them more than 250 GB in storage (and associated bandwidth fees).


(Tommy Weir) #11

I’ll happily pay the extra dollar… I’ve over 3Tb with them, I’m effectively locked in, I don’t want to go through uploading that anywhere else.

I do wish all of this could consolidate somehow, the Time Machine drives around the house for each of the machines, the NAS which only I seem to use, the multiple external drives (some un-spun a decade or more), and then online services from Backblaze to Dropbox (1Tb for me), iCloud (2Tb for the family plan), and a bunch of Google accounts of various sizes, not to mention OneDrive provided by the college I teach at (which no on uses, the staff all default to Google Drive).

I get anxious occasionally and run through the state of things and ensure things are backed up or irrelevant but I wouldn’t want to explain the lot to anyone.