That may have been the most understated title for a blog post about a day like today.
Less than 3 months after our Windows launch, today Backblaze announced a fully-featured Mac online backup service into private beta that followed the same “backup everything; no configuration setup; unlimited storage; $5 per month” approach.
This happened so quickly due to the team’s deep love for the Mac and continual commitment to cross-platform development. Every line of code for the backup engine always ran on the Mac and Windows ensuring the system’s robustness since all Backblaze customers worldwide already use it. The UI, on the other hand, was written natively to ensure that it was a true Mac product. Stay tuned for a post from our CTO about developing cross-platform code, but for now, more about today’s launch…
At 6AM PST, the updated website appeared, Cara lit a laptop on fire, and the first reviews went public. Here are some that covered the launch:
- The Unofficial Apple Weblog (TUAW): Backblaze Beta Launches for Mac
- TechCrunch: Backblaze Brings its Dead Simple Online Backup to the Mac
- Ars Technica: Backblaze: Online Time Machine for Mac, and We Have Invites
- TidBITs: Backblaze Launches Mac Beta of Online Backup Service
- Mac News Network: BackBlaze Reveals Web-Based System Backup for Mac
- Macsimum News: BackBlaze Announces Private Beta Version of its Mac Software
I want to say a big thank you to the bloggers and journalists who helped us spread the word about the Mac online backup beta! Throughout the day we watched the comments on these sites, the Twittering about Backblaze, and the feedback sent to us; it was great to see so many people passionate about backups.
As many of you found, we had such an overwhelming response that, unfortunately, we had to shut off access for new beta users pretty early in the day. I know several thousand of you did not get in and we are doing everything possible to enable everyone to access the beta. Please bear with us and if you submit an email request, we will contact you as soon as we have space available.
Again, a big thank you to everyone—we’re very excited to help you backup easily.