Backblaze B2 Drops Download Price By 60%

By | April 18th, 2017

B2 Costs 60% Less

We are thrilled to announce that, effective immediately, we are reducing the price of Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage downloads from $0.05 to $0.02 per GB. What’s more, the first gigabyte of data downloaded each day is still free.

Backblaze has always aimed to make storing data astonishingly easy and affordable. This price reduction applies immediately to all existing and new customers, and there are no tiers or minimums required to get this pricing. It’s automatic, and it starts today.

Why Does This Matter?

It makes cloud storage useful for more people.

B2 is already known for being reliable, easy-to-use, and affordable – our storage pricing is ¼ that of S3. This allows you to save more thorough backups, keep longer archives, store large data sets needed for machine learning and much more. Reducing the price of downloading data lowers the total cost of using cloud storage. This makes cloud storage a viable solution for organizations where it previously didn’t make financial sense.

For example, Vintage Aerial has over 50 years’ worth of aerial photography of rural America. It’s an American treasure. They scanned and digitized the photos and needed a place to cost effectively store the hi-res image files they would send to their customers. Before B2, the other cloud storage options were simply too expensive, leaving Vintage Aerial in the unenviable position of trying to figure out which of their assets they could offer for sale online. But, as Vintage Aerial CEO Fritz Byers says, “because of B2’s pricing, reliability, and service levels, Vintage Aerial is now able to offer and monetize our complete catalog of over 20 million pictures to anyone that’s interested.”

Today’s reduction in download pricing opens another opportunity for Vintage Aerial – downloading high-res photos as previews to its customers. Customers will soon be able to see in detail what they’re getting and zoom in to request specific parts of photos. B2 is empowering Vintage Aerial to provide new functionality that dramatically improves the customer experience and expands the company’s market.

It gives you access to your data when you need it.

Backblaze B2 removes the need to choose between cost and access when it comes to storing your data in the cloud. When you store data in the cloud, you expect to be able to retrieve it at some point. Some services make it expensive to restore data or place time lag impediments to data access to reduce their cost. That reduces the usefulness of your data. If you need to recover all your data quickly from an archive or backup or want to make your data available in real-time, you don’t want to wait, and you don’t want to be shocked at the price tag.

It ensures that your data is yours.

When it’s expensive to get data out, you feel like your cloud storage provider is holding your files hostage. You can’t switch providers or move data back on-site. Part of Backblaze B2 being easy is ensuring that you can do what you want, when you want, with your information. Reducing the price of downloads ensures you can feel comfortable knowing your data is yours.

It’s another reason for third party applications to integrate with B2.

Many organizations already manage their data backups, archives, and workflows using third party applications that have integrated with B2 Cloud Storage. Applications like CloudBerry, Synology CloudSync, Retrospect, Cantemo, axle Video, CatDV and many others have added B2 support in their products; over the next few months, Transmit and QNAP will release their integrations as well.

For applications that have integrated with B2, users not only get the lowest cost storage but the lowest cost download bandwidth as well. For application providers, integrating B2 offers a differentiated service for their users. If you use an application that doesn’t use B2 Cloud Storage, ask the application provider to add B2 and mention the application in the comments below.

It reduces your bill.

Regardless of how you use B2, the download price reduction matters because it lowers your bill. And a lower bill means you can lower your cost and increase your margins, or lower your prices – each of which makes business better.

How does this compare?

Not only is Backblaze B2 storage 1/4th the price of Amazon S3, Google Cloud, or Azure, but our download pricing is now as little as 1/4th their price as well.

Pricing Tier Backblaze B2 Amazon S3 Microsoft Azure Google Cloud
First 1 TB $0.02 $0.09 $0.09 $0.12
Next 9 TB $0.02 $0.09 $0.09 $0.11
Next 40 TB $0.02 $0.085 $0.09 $0.08
Next 100 TB $0.02 $0.07 $0.07 $0.08
Next 350 TB+ $0.02 $0.05 $0.05 $0.08

Using the chart above, let’s compute a few examples of download costs…

Data Backblaze B2 Amazon S3 Microsoft Azure Google Cloud
1 terabyte $20 $90 $90 $120
10 terabytes $200 $900 $900 $1,200
50 terabytes $1,000 $4,300 $4,500 $4,310
500 terabytes $10,000 $28,800 $29,000 $40,310
Not only is Backblaze B2 pricing dramatically lower cost, it’s also simple. One price for any amount of data downloaded to anywhere. In comparison, to compute the cost of downloading 500 TB of data with S3 you start with the following formula: (($0.09 * 10) + ($0.085 * 40) + ($0.07 * 100) + ($0.05 * 350)) * 1,000. Want to see this comparison for the amount of data you manage? Use our cloud storage calculator.

How did we do this?

Easy, we just lowered the price.

We’ve been reducing the cost of cloud storage for a decade, building and open-sourcing our Storage Pods, developing our Vaults, and more. As a result, we know a fair bit about storing data cost efficiently.

When we announced B2 Cloud Storage, we weren’t totally sure how individuals and companies would use bandwidth, and so we priced it competitively within the market. With a year and a half of B2 usage (and a decade of related experience storing customer data), we’ve determined the patterns are sufficiently stable that we can sustainably reduce our pricing.

To sum up our pricing, downloading data costs $0.02/GB, with the first gigabyte downloaded each day being free. Storage costs are $0.005/GB per month with the first 10 gigabytes being free. We have just one pricing tier so you get the best price we can offer from the start.

Our aim has always been to provide a great service at a fair price. While we’re certainly proud to be the low-cost leader in the space, we’re much happier that we can help customers to be more effective in their businesses.

Enjoy the service, and I’d love to hear in the comments what this price reduction means for you.

Gleb Budman
Co-founder and CEO of Backblaze. Founded three prior companies. He has been a speaker at GigaOm Structure, Ignite: Lean Startup, FailCon, CloudCon; profiled by Inc. and Forbes; a mentor for Teens in Tech; and holds 5 patents on security.

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  • Valentin Fischer-Mitoiu

    Great job guys! I’m not a lot of TB but it’s great that I get get that back quite cheap!

  • John MacMillan

    AWS S3 is not $.09 per GB, it is $.023, not sure where or when you got these prices. They have been this for a while, so it’s not like they just lowered them.

    • CP

      You’re looking at the storage costs. Scroll down to the section “Data Transfer OUT From Amazon S3 To Internet” and do start at $0.09/GB in the tiers and depending on geographical area.

      • John MacMillan

        Thanks, my mistake.

    • Hathor

      AWS has hidden fees, I was spending too much on it.

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  • Alistair Tutton

    I’m sorry – I’m confused. I’ve got approximately 20TB of legacy data on some NAS arrays that I rarely if ever want to access, except in case of emergencies. What cost would I have to upload them and maintain them on your B2 system? The pricing says the cost is for download, but doesn’t mention upload.

  • Rogério Vitiello

    Congrats, we’ll be moving all our backups to B2 very soon, about 2 Tb. This is a plus to our decision.

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  • Colin Stuart

    Amazing work

    • Thanks Colin!

  • Matthew Darnell

    This is great! In Hawaii we have issues where “overnight” delivery of recovery hard drives do not happen overnight & downloading is the best/only option.

    Have you ever considered licencing the technology for white label providers? We could bring up a cluster in Honolulu to service the Pacific Rim the lower 48 businesses that want their data off the continent.

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    • We think so too :D

  • gcstang

    Incredible Deal!!

    Thank you so much for a fantastic product offering!

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  • Steven Dunn

    This new discounted pricing on bandwidth is excellent. I will now begin investigating moving vast amounts of my companies’ data to your systems. This finally brings the costs in line with local storage pricing except without the hassle.

    • Glad to hear Steven. Could you share what you use storage for today? Plan to?

      • Steven Dunn


        Thank you for the reply.

        I have recently been using B2 to store backups of our file server utilizing the “B2 Sync” program for Linux. The software makes copying millions of files to and from B2 very easy at full line speed.

        As for future plans, I am going to investigate moving the source files -in addition to all future files- over to B2 as our new primary object storage service. It would eliminate growing pains and having to store the files locally and then backing them up to B2.

        A great cost savings, especially for those of us with bandwidth heavy requirements.

        Steven Dunn

        • Appreciate the feedback!

          • Steven Dunn


            I have bad news.

            After further testing of the B2 platform, I began receiving large numbers of 503 “Too Busy” errors when downloading. This occurred for an extended period of time. Thus, I don’t believe the B2 platform is ready to serve as a object storage system for files that require on-demand, HA, in production.

            Until you have the kinks worked out, I will just continue to utilize B2 for my backups and S3 for production object storage.

            I am still excited about the lower bandwidth fees and I am looking forward to the great future of B2.

            Steven Dunn