Backblaze Launches Mac Version

Mac launch

Backblaze loves the Mac, and even tried to bring back Steve Jobs, so we’re very excited today to make our unlimited online backup service available to all Mac users.

With half the founding team originally from Apple, we couldn’t wait to support the Mac platform. We’re thrilled to do so and to see some of the reactions so far:

TUAW: Backblaze for Mac officially launches
MacWorld: BackBlaze online backup debuts for Mac
TechCrunch: Backblaze’s Online Backup Solution For Macs
TidBits: Backblaze Publicly Launches Online Backup Service for Macs
VentureBeat: Simple backup service Backblaze now available to all Mac users
TheAppleBlog: Backblaze for Mac Now Live Easy backups for Mac: BackBlaze
5ThirtyOne: Backblaze: Secure unlimited automatic backups for $5
MacsimumNews: Backblaze announces Mac Online Backup

At its core, Backblaze for the Mac delivers on the same vision—making backup simple:

  • Installing is simple—just download, enter an email and password; you’re done.
  • Running it is simple—nothing to do; backs up continuously and automatically.
  • Pricing is simple—$5/month or $50/year per computer for unlimited storage.
  • Restoring is simple—select any files; download or we’ll FedEx a DVD or hard drive.

Here is a screenshot of the Mac Preference Pane:
Mac Preference Pane

While the underlying backup system was always developed cross-platform, during the beta we also learned a lot from feedback from thousand of users, resulting in us:

  • Improving notifications
  • Starting to backup resource forks
  • Adding an uninstaller to the install package
  • Excluding numerous extra application-specific temp file directories
  • …and many other items that we built/fixed/changed.

We also learned Mac users love their external drives, with some users having as many as six USB or Firewire drives connected to one system.

While we always supported backing up external drives, we developed a new interface that shows which drives are connected/disconnected, selected for backup or not, or Boot Camp/Time Machine. Now, not only does Backblaze automatically backup external drives… but provides an at-a-glance view of the status.
Mac Settings

We hope you enjoy the service.


About Gleb Budman

Gleb Budman is a co-founder and has served as our chief executive officer since 2007, guiding the business from its inception in a Palo Alto apartment to a company serving customers in more than 175 countries with over an exabyte of data under management. Gleb has served as a member of our board of directors since 2009 and as chairperson since January 2021. Prior to Backblaze, Gleb was the senior director of product management at SonicWall and the vice president of products at MailFrontier, which was acquired by SonicWall. Before that, he served in a senior position at Kendara, which was acquired by Excite@Home, and previously founded and successfully exited two other startup companies.