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Backblaze Review

Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley

Backblaze offers comprehensive storage and backup capabilities for both Mac and PC – whether you need help backing up a few computers or several servers – which is among the reasons it's our pick for the best Mac backup software.  

Backblaze

Backblaze

The Best Cloud Storage and Online Backup Services of 2020

The Verdict

Backblaze is a simple and convenient backup solution for Mac computers as well as an advanced cloud storage option. Whether you need help backing up a few computers or several servers, Backblaze is our pick for the best Mac backup software.

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Backblaze Pricing and Plans

Backblaze has two main offerings: its computer backup plans and its B2 Cloud Storage plan, which acts as general cloud storage for hosting and archiving. 

Backblaze's backup plans support all the user data on each backed-up computer, except for the system and program files. For example, when you back up a Mac device, that would be the top-level Library, Applications and System folders. You can back up everything under Users, which should be all the user-generated data. 

You can pay for backup plans at a monthly, annual or biennial rate; the longer contracts provide the largest discounts. To try out Backblaze with no risk, you can sign up for a 15-day free trial. 

Here is a breakdown of each plan. 

Monthly backup plan: 

  • Price: $6 per license per month
  • Recommended for: Businesses that want maximum flexibility 

Yearly backup plan: 

  • Price: $60 per license per year
  • Recommended for: Most small businesses (most popular plan) 

Two-year backup plan: 

  • Price: $110 per license for two years
  • Recommended for: Businesses that want the best long-term deal 

If you need to support computers, servers, NAS, endpoints or virtual machines, the B2 Cloud Storage option may be a good fit. This gives you 10GB of storage and 1GB of daily downloads for free. Pricing is based on the amount of data stored, bandwidth used and transactions performed. 

B2 Cloud Storage: 

  • Price: 0.5 cents per gigabyte stored per month and 1 cent per gigabyte downloaded per month (pay as you go) – equates to $5 per month to store 1TB of data and $10 to download and restore that data
  • Recommended for: Businesses that need general, archival or offsite data storage 

With B2 Cloud Storage, you will need a third-party application to act as a backup or storage interface. 

Both of Backblaze's backup and storage options can be used on Mac computers and have their pros and cons. When we evaluated cloud backup solutions for Mac computers, we were impressed with Backblaze's number of features. 

Backblaze is optimized for Apple computers and integrates with the macOS interface. It backs up all user data on a computer, including attached external drives. This is unlimited and continuous backup that does not impose bandwidth caps or throttling unless you set it up with bandwidth control. 

The backup interface allows you to set when and how often you back up your computers. You can also set it to automatically detect bandwidth usage and slow down when traffic increases. 

While Mac's Time Machine allows you to restore previous versions of individual files, with Backblaze, you can roll back your entire system up to 30 days, giving you protection against ransomware and other malware. You can also set versioning retention. 

If you need to perform an immediate restore, the service can ship you a hard drive with your data. Backblaze keeps files until you delete them. Even then, they are accessible via backup for 30 days. If a computer is offline, the most recent backup is kept for at least six months, if not indefinitely. 

Backblaze's business backup plans give you administrative tools to manage multiple computers. You control the admin preferences from an easy-to-use dashboard where you can set permissions and view each computer's backup status. You can also add or remove users at any time through the Business Group dashboard. 

The plan scales with your business – you can add or remove as many computers as needed. You can manage both backup and B2 Cloud Storage administrative settings from the same online interface. 

For new and current users looking for additional information about Backblaze's services and features, the company offers a blog and additional FAQs and help pages. Backblaze is accredited with the Better Business Bureau and has an A+ rating.

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Backblaze

Backblaze

The Best Cloud Storage and Online Backup Services of 2020

The Verdict

Backblaze is a simple and convenient backup solution for Mac computers as well as an advanced cloud storage option. Whether you need help backing up a few computers or several servers, Backblaze is our pick for the best Mac backup software.

Skye Schooley
Skye Schooley,
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Skye Schooley is an Arizona native, based in New York City. She received a business communication degree from Arizona State University and spent a few years traveling internationally, before finally settling down in the greater New York City area. She currently writes for business.com and Business News Daily, primarily contributing articles about business technology and the workplace, and reviewing categories such as remote PC access software, collection agencies, background check services, web hosting, reputation management services, cloud storage, and website design software and services.