Rather than losing customers, Layer 2
switched to B2 Cloud Storage
David stared at his monthly invoice from Amazon. He was using S3 to
provide cloud-based data backup services for his clients, but the math
just wasn’t working out. He was losing money on his backup service
and it was only going to get worse as his customers were backing up
more and more data. He was facing a tough decision; raise prices or
stop offering the cloud backup service. In either case, he would
certainly lose customers. He needed another option.
Layer 2 offers their “Worry-Free PC” service for $22.00 a month.
Customer’s love the service as their PC is completely managed –
updates, monitoring, anti-virus protection, unlimited data backup and
more are included in the package. To provide the backup component
of the Worry-Free PC service, David utilized Amazon S3 storage. He
chose S3 over Glacier as he needed, as part of the Worry-Free PC
service, to be able to quickly restore files for his customers.
David Trifiro is the Managing Member
and Technology Specialist at Layer 2
Computing, LLC. He started the
company right out of high school,
leveraging his experience as the
“Family IT guy” into a career. Today,
Layer 2 provides managed services to
residential and small business
customers in and around Springboro,
Ohio, just south of Dayton.
Faced with losing money every month to store data
in S3, David considered building his own storage,
but he didn’t have the time or the startup money to
make this work. Then David heard about B2. He
couldn’t believe how inexpensive it was, only
$0.005/GB/month for storage, and the stored files
could be restored in near real time, like S3. He
decided to give it a try.
Restoring from B2 was fast, as
fast as our internet connection
- David Triro
Layer 2 uses the CloudBerry Managed Backup Service to
create and manage the backup plans for their customers. In
minutes, David changed the cloud storage destination for a
handful of customers to point to Backblaze B2. He monitored
the backups to make sure everything worked as expected and
he ensured that both the upload and download performance
of B2 was similar to S3. The B2/CloudBerry solution
B2 passed the final test a few weeks later when the invoice
arrived. Layer 2 was charged $25 to store 5 terabytes of data
in B2. To store the same 5 terabytes of data in S3, Layer 2
would have had to pay $140. The answer was clear, Layer 2
could keep cloud backup as part of their Worry-Free PC
service by using B2.
So far, David has migrated about 20% of his customers to
Backblaze B2 and heading towards 100% by the end of
January in 2017. His balance sheet is in the black and with
each customer he converts from S3 to Backblaze B2 things
get a little better.
Now, he can sell the Worry-Free PC service
with the confidence of knowing that he’ll be able to provide
cloud backup as part of the service for years to come.
About Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage
Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage is a cloud storage solution that
provides data storage at one-fourth the cost of leading cloud
storage providers: $0.005 GB/month for storage, free
uploads, and $0.02 ($/GB) for downloads. Things to know
Upload and download data using a Web GUI, API, or CLI.
Stored data is instantly available. There are no offline or near-line delays.
There are no pricing tiers for data storage, it is simply $0.005 per GB per month.
Data durability is 99.999999% and availability is covered by an SLA.
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