Backblaze 2.0: Unlimiting unlimited

October 26th, 2011


Backblaze has always provided unlimited online backup:
Unlimited storage and Unthrottled bandwidth.

Today I am very excited to announce: Backblaze 2.0 – a performance release that makes the service more unlimited, faster, and even easier to get all your data safely backed up.

There are 16 updates that we think you’ll love. I want to highlight a few:

Unlimited File Size – while most of you have been able to backup all of your files with the previous 9 GB maximum, now there will never be a file too big to backup.

Unlimited File Types – now you can backup VMware, Parallels, and other virtual machines; as well as ISOs and every single other file type.

Maximum Performance – we have added an Automatic Throttle to most efficiently use your Internet connection, added file batching to speed small file transfer, added hardware acceleration, reduced RAM user further, and much more.

Taking advantage of Backblaze 2.0

New Installs
New customers, new trials, and new installs by existing customers will automatically get Backblaze 2.0. Some functions are on by default (e.g. Automatic Throttle) and others are an option to pick (e.g. Maximum file size backed up defaults to 4 GB.)

Existing Installs
Current customers and free trials will remain on the current version for the moment. We will automatically upgrade everyone over the next few weeks. If you wish to immediately upgrade to v2.0, simply click the “Check for Updates” menu item in the product.

Customers that update from an existing version will keep the settings they have on their current installation. Thus, for example, you will still be on Manual Throttle unless you turn on Automatic Throttle.

A small step
With approximately 2 billion Macs and PCs in use and 94% of them not backed up, data backup continues to be an enormous problem that needs to be solved. Hopefully, this new release is a small step toward making sure no one ever loses data again.

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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