B2 Cloud Storage Opens Public Beta

By | December 15th, 2015

B2 Cloud Storage Beta

Starting today Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage has moved to Public Beta, meaning anyone can sign up and immediately start using the service. We announced the B2 Private Beta a couple of months ago and since then over 15,000 people helped find bugs, stress APIs, suggest features and more. Now it’s time to take the next step and move to Public Beta.

Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

In case you’re new to B2 Cloud Storage, it is a service that enables developers, IT people, and everyone else to store data in the cloud. Often referred to as Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) or object storage, it provides the ability to store, retrieve and/or share data and scale up and down, while only paying for what you use. B2 offers cloud storage similar to Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure storage and Google Cloud Storage – but at a much lower cost.

The Private Beta in Review

Over 15,000 people signed up and were invited to the Private Beta. We started out slow – inviting just one person to the Private Beta in mid-October. He filed 18 bug reports in the first day (Thank you Jim.) We dug in and within a week we were ready to invite the next group of 5 users, then 10, then 100, then 1,000, then 3,000 and so on over the next few weeks. We invited users from places far and wide: Australia, the UK, Europe, South America, and more. The feedback has been amazing and we continue to get constructive and creative ideas on functionality and new features. This is just what you want in a Beta.

The B2 Community is Alive

Another awesome thing was how fast the developer community joined in to build wrappers, tools, and even integrations around and with B2. Already on GitHub there are dozens of API wrappers for various languages. We are in the process of establishing a repository in our GitHub account to link to these wrappers. We have also started an Integrations page on our website to list and describe some of the Integrations others have developed. For example HashBackup (server backup) and Duplicity (tar-formatted backup) have integrations that support B2, with a FUSE integration and many others on the way.

What Would You Do With B2?

As the Private Beta progressed our team met with dozens of companies to determine their goals in using B2. Here’s a quick list of some of the planned uses for B2:

Backup Data Storage

  • Government defense agency servers
  • VM backups
  • Database backups for a Database-as-a-service company
  • Origin server for CDN
  • Drone video & photography data

Application Data Storage

  • Mobile photo application
  • Genome data for research studies
  • Market data for analysis by Financial companies
  • Security log data for analyzing anomalies

Getting Access to B2 Cloud Storage

Now anyone can get immediate access to the B2 Public Beta.

  • If you are already a Backblaze Personal Backup customer you can simply sign in to your Backblaze account, click on My Settings in the left navigation, and then click to activate B2.
  • If you are new to Backblaze, just sign up on the B2 account page.

In either case, once you are signed up, please take a couple of minutes to read the Welcome to the B2 Beta document. Then sign-in, get working, and let us know how things are going. Thanks.

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.
Category:  Cloud Storage
  • Jan De Kock

    As we are situated in Belgium (think tiny pipes), we’re looking for physical disk service. Amazon S3 allows physical disks to be sent in. Is this feature possible or being worked on? I can’t find anything on the b2 website. We’re already at 100+TB, and uploading this would take forever

  • Bert

    Would love to see a QNAP NAS app!

  • would love love love to see a Synology NAS app that would support this amazing new service!

  • Peter

    I have a question regarding your storage architecture, I didn’t find an answer to at https://www.backblaze.com/blog/vault-cloud-storage-architecture/

    How is a “vault” looking physically? I read that a vault consists of 20 storage pods. But are these 20 stoarge pods in one (or two) physical cabinets/racks? Or are they pysically spread over the whole datacenter?
    It looks on the picture like the racks consist of 10 storage pods, right? Are these 10 pods part of 10 different vaults or just one vault?

  • Michael Quinlan

    I have a simple C# wrapper for the B2 API in Github at https://github.com/mikequinlan/B2. I have started working on a service to synchronize a folder with B2.

  • Glen Wing

    What region is the physical data stored or served from?

    • Right now we’re in California! But hoping to expand out :D

    • sacramento, I asked someone at a booth :)

  • Bobby B

    I can’t wait for a Windows based application that can mount B2 as a drive letter. OR SFTP support on the BackBlaze side :)

    • Hey! Folks are already working on some integrations for that ;-)

      • Bobby B

        Could you share who? I’ve been trying to find some who are working on it, so that I can follow along. If you don’t want to make it public, could you email it to Bobby @ PreciselyManaged.com?

        • We have an integrations page -> https://www.backblaze.com/b2/docs/integrations.html and will be updating it frequently! GitHub has other repos that are pretty cool, and we might link to them from our GitHub account in the near future!

          • Bobby B

            I know :). No Windows apps are listed there.