Backblaze Pricing: How Does It Work in 2021?

Aleksander Hougen
By Aleksander Hougen (Managing Editor)
— Last Updated: 2020-04-29T08:51:58+00:00

There are two main products under the Backblaze umbrella: the “regular” Backblaze and Backblaze Business intended for cloud backups and Backblaze B2, which is an IaaS platform. Although both allow you to store data on the cloud at a relatively low cost, their intended user bases are different.

The pricing structure for these two services is also radically different. The regular Backblaze pricing is a set price per month or per year, whereas Backblaze B2 charges per GB of data stored and downloaded.

Starting with the Backblaze and Backblaze Business pricing, the prices below are per computer, as you can only backup one device with each license. It’s possible to purchase more than one license at a time, but there’s no discount for doing so. If you sign up for one month at a time, you’re billed $6 every month, for a total of $72 for a full year. 

Backblaze Pricing

The yearly plan is a bit cheaper, costing you $60, which breaks down to $5 per month. Finally, for the cheapest pricing per computer, you can sign up for two years up front for $110 per computer, which translates to a cost of $55 per year or $4.58 per month.

Backblaze Business Pricing

Backblaze B2 Pricing

B2, on the other hand, has storage costs of $0.005 per GB per month, with the first 10GB of storage free. Meanwhile, download costs are $0.01 per GB, with 1GB of free downloads every day. You’re also charged for API calls, which, after the first 2,500 calls each day, cost $0.004 per 10,000 transactions.

Backblaze also offers to mail physical devices to B2 customers instead of restoring via download. This comes at a cost of $99 for a USB flash drive with a capacity of 256GB and $189 for an external hard drive capable of holding up to 8TB of data.

Comparing B2 to Other IaaS Providers

Backblaze B2 pricing is significantly lower than its major competitors, including Google Cloud Storage (not to be confused with Google Drive), Amazon S3 (formerly known as Amazon Cloud Storage) and Microsoft Azure

The cloud storage pricing for these three comes in at 260 to 320 percent more expensive than Backblaze. Similarly, download costs for Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud and Amazon S3 are 400 to 700 percent higher per gigabyte of data.

In conclusion, if you’re looking for a way to backup data at a comparatively low cost and you don’t mind buying a new license per computer, then Backblaze is a great option.

FAQ

  • The simple answer to this question is that most Backblaze users will only backup a relatively small amount of data, despite the service being unlimited. Thus, Backblaze can afford to offer unlimited data to power users at a relatively low cost, as the overall average cost per computer remains low.
  • Yes, Backblaze lets you backup unlimited data, but each license covers only a single device.
  • The regular version of Backblaze provides unlimited data with one license per computer, while B2’s cloud storage costs are $5 per TB of data per month.