Blackblaze burns the competition with B2
Backblaze has been around since 2007 and is known for their backup product. In fact their company has been laser focused on that single product (to their benefit) for the last 7 years. Unlimited backup for $5 a month is a darn good deal and I’ve yet to find anything remotely close to as good as their service.
So the B2 product isn’t that far from their wheelhouse of “lots of storage”. They post regularly about their storage pod technology, which makes their “unlimited backup” possible. Even though it shouldn’t be, it’s amazing how low they can price their B2 storage product. Here’s a comparison chart they posted:
Let’s take a closer look at the pricing comparison of B2 to AWS S3 and GCS, but what prices to compare? While AWS also offers Glacier (at $0.007/gb/mo) that’s offline storage so it’s not analagous — however B2 is still cheaper. GCS also offers Nearline at $0.01/gb/mo but that’s not quite online either, and B2 is still cheaper. The next closest both services offer is AWS S3 IA (at $0.0125/gb/mo) and GCS DRA (at $0.02/gb/mo). In both cases B2 is still cheaper, but we don’t know what the durability and accessibility for B2 will be, so it could be more equivalent to normal AWS S3 & GCS (which are even more expensive).
What’s this mean for you in real life? If you were storing 1 TB (1024 GB) of personal data, in a way that’s safe and secure, but you don’t need access super regularly, here’s what it would cost*:
|AWS S3 IA|
*Most of these and similar services offer a “free” tier. I am ignoring that tier for elucidation purposes.