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.