Backblaze B2 — Big File Beta

By | April 6th, 2016

B2 Cloud Storage Beta II

Editor’s note: On March 20, 2018, Backblaze announced the B2 Snapshot Return Refund Program, which makes getting your Snapshots from B2 essentially free!

With the 20,000+ people that have signed up for B2, we have received a lot of feedback, and have been working diligently to incorporate it. If you like big files…really big files, you’ll really like this release — the B2 Big File Beta — but there’s a lot more to like. Let’s take a look.

B2 Large File Features

  • Large Files
    While B2 supports storing an unlimited amount of data, previously, the largest individual file that could be uploaded was 5GB. Now B2 supports individual files up to 10TB – an increase of 20,000%. This is also 2x the size of Amazon S3 or Google Cloud Platform’s largest supported file size, and 10x that of Azure’s. You can get more details on how the leading cloud storage providers compare here.
  • Snapshots
    Users can select any number of files stored in B2 to combine into a “Snapshot”. Snapshots can be up to 10TB in size. Snapshots are ideal for capturing a moment in time for files, keeping multiple archives of data, and more.

B2 Snapshot

  • Working With Large Files and Snapshots
    Large files and Snapshots can be downloaded via the B2 Web UI, the B2 CLI tool, or the B2 API. Additionally, Cyberduck supports drag-and-drop downloading of large files and Snapshots.

Additional Enhancements

  • Large File API
    B2 has added a set of Large File APIs for developers to break large files into multiple pieces and upload the parts in parallel. This allows developers to monitor and manage the entire process of uploading large files. Once uploaded, large files can be downloaded/deleted/listed/hidden just like any other file.
  • Metadata in List Files API
    Previously, determining certain metadata about a file such as uploadTimestamp or SHA1 required requesting it for each file. This metadata has been added to the List Files API enabling developers to quickly get info for all files.
  • B2 CLI
    The B2 Command-Line Tool has numerous enhancements including the ability to upload and download large files, download Snapshots, install via pip, and more.
  • Caps and Alerts
    In addition to be able to set caps on spending, users can now be alerted via text message and/or email about cap status.
  • Integration Checklist
    Backblaze has published an Integration Checklist for offerings to self-certify based on recommended guidelines. This provides the developer community best practices for integration development and helps promote the resulting integrations to the B2 user community.

While Backblaze was working on improving B2, developers were creating and publishing integrations making B2 Cloud Storage even easier to use. Check out the B2 Integrations page for solutions from CyberDuck, odrive, Cubix and more. All of these have successfully passed our self-certification process noted earlier and more integrations are on the way.

Try B2 Cloud Storage today
If you are a developer, start from the B2 Docs page, and simply click on any B2 API call. Then scroll to the bottom of the page to see the coding examples in Java, Python, Ruby, C# and more. IT folks will find the Command-Line Tool handy for scripting tasks requiring data to be stored off-site. And, if you’re not technical, you can still use the B2 Web GUI or install Cyberduck, an app for your Mac or PC, to drag-and-drop files into B2. In short, no matter who you are, if you have data to store in the cloud, B2 can help.

Andy Klein

Andy Klein

Director of Product Marketing at Backblaze
Andy has 20+ years experience in technology marketing. He has shared his expertise in computer security and data backup at the Federal Trade Commission, Rootstech, RSA and over 100 other events. His current passion is to get everyone to back up their data before it's too late.
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