I have written several times about the online backup service called Backblaze. You can see my earlier "Backblaze - A Better (?) Online Backup System" article at http://goo.gl/mOgp3 and several other articles at http://goo.gl/T1jY9. Now the company has announced version 2.0 of the service and perhaps the biggest surprises of all: lower prices and larger storage limits.
Backblaze’s basic pitch to consumers and businesses is simple: for $5 per month, you can back up an unlimited amount of data over the Internet. The price can drop as low as $3.96/month if you pay for two years of service in advance.
Not only is Backblaze cheap, but it’s also designed to be easy to use — install the client on your Mac or PC, and it starts backing everything up in the background, much like Apple’s Time Machine.
All data is encrypted with military-grade encrypted storage before it leaves your computer, using a 128-bit Advanced Encryption Standard (AES) symmetric key encryption, to keep your data safe from hackers.
Previous versions of Backblaze had a hard filesize cap of 9 gigabytes, and the types of files you could back up were limited. Backblaze’s new 2.0 release removes both of those limitations, so that you can now use the product to back up those extremely large VMware images and 1080p home videos.
Jon Stokes has a review of the new version in the Wired.com web site at http://www.wired.com/cloudline/2011/10/backblazes-basic-cloud/.
The new features of version 2.0 are listed at http://www.backblaze.com/online-backup-performance.html.
Backblaze is available at http://www.backblaze.com.
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