Backblaze is backup software that strives to be easy to install and use. If you have heard of the widely publicized Carbonite software, this is really similar. But it’s also less expensive — and in our opinion, it’s easier to understand.
Backblazewas announced in June of 2008, so it now has a track record of 3 years in business, as of this posting.
Rather than have the user make decisions regarding which folders to back up, Backblaze will by default back up everything except system and application software files and files greater than nine gigabytes in size.
Backblaze fills a niche in that anyone, even those who are not computer savvy, will be able to back up all of their data and know exactly what it will cost from the start.
It also backs up external drives. Customers can access their backups over the Internet, restore PC files to a Mac, Mac files to a PC, or even have their files sent to them on a DVD or USB drive for a cost.
Our BLACKBLAZE REVIEW
– Unlimited backup for $5/month or $50/year for each computer
– Free 15-day trial
– MS Windows: XP 32-bit; Vista 32-bit and 64-bit; Windows 7 32-bit and 64-bit
– Mac (Intel only): Mac OS X 10.4 and later
– Linux: No
Version rollback: Up to four weeks of file versions are retained
User-initiated backups available: Yes
– Encryption: 128-bit AES encryption
– User encryption allowed: Yes, user can supply encryption key
– Transfers: SSL
Data Storage: Shared data center with Sun, Esurance, and Cnet
Data privacy: Yes
The top user concern seems to be backups that mysteriously stop occurring for a paid customer. When this happens, customer support is reportedly inadequate.
Media reviews tend to laud it for being the easiest backup to use, while noting its limitations.
Pros & Cons
– Fixed cost for unlimited cloud backup space.
– Designed to be very simple to use.
– Not designed as a file-sharing vehicle for mobile devices.
– No Linux client.
– Support available only through email and problem reports.
For customers interested in only backup capabilities, Backblaze is likely the way to go. This is particularly true if the client wants to be able to turn on backup, get it operational, and not spend a lot of time figuring out what to include or exclude to save a few dollars.