Transparency in Cloud Storage Costs

August 3rd, 2017

cloud storage cost calculator

Backblaze’s mission is to make cloud storage that’s affordable and astonishingly easy to use. Backblaze B2 embodies that mission for those looking for an object storage solution.

Another Backblaze core value is being transparent, from releasing our Storage Pod designs to detailing our cloud storage cost of goods sold. We are an open book in the Cloud Storage industry. So it makes sense that opaque pricing policies that require mind numbing calculations are a no-no for us. Our approach to pricing is to be transparent, straight-forward, and predictable.

For Backblaze B2, this means that no matter how much data you have, the cost for B2 is $0.005/GB per month for data storage and $0.02/GB to download data. There are no costs to upload. We also throw in your first 10GB of storage for free when you open your account and 1GB of free downloads every day.

Cloud Storage Price Comparison

The storage industry does not share our view of making pricing transparent, or affordable. In an effort to help everyone, we’ve made a Cloud Storage Pricing Calculator, where anyone can enter in their specific use case and get pricing back for B2, S3, Azure, and GCS. We’ve also included the calculator below for those interested in trying it out.

B2 Cost Calculator

Backblaze provides this calculator as an estimate.

Initial Upload:

GB

Data over time

Monthly Upload:

GB

Monthly Delete:

GB

Monthly Download:

GB


Period of Time:

Months

Storage Costs

Storage Cost for Initial Month:
x

Data Added Each Month:
x

Data Deleted Each Month:
x

Net Data:
x

Download Costs

Monthly Download Cost:
x

Total

Total Cost for x Months
x

Amazon S3
Microsoft Azure
Google Cloud

x
x
x
x
x
x
* Figures are not exact and do not include the following: Free first 10 GB of storage, free 1 GB of daily downloads, or $.004/10,000 class B Transactions and $.004/1,000 Class C Transactions.

Sample storage scenarios:

Scenario 1

You have data you wish to archive, and will be adding more each month, but you don’t expect that you will be downloading or deleting any data.

Initial upload: 10,000GB
Monthly upload: 1,000GB

For twelve months, your costs would be:

Backblaze B2 $990.00
Amazon S3 $4,158.00 +420%
Microsoft Azure $4,356.00 +440%
Google Cloud $5,148.00 +520%

 

Scenario 2

You wish to store data, and will be actively changing that data with uploads, downloads, and deletions.

Initial upload: 10,000GB
Monthly upload: 2,000GB
Monthly deletion: 1,000GB
Monthly download: 500GB

Your costs for 12 months would be:

Backblaze B2 $1,100.00
Amazon S3 $3.458/00 +402%
Microsoft Azure $4,656.00 +519%
Google Cloud $5,628.00 +507%

We invite you to compare our cost estimates against the competition. Here are the links to our competitors’ pricing calculators.

B2 Cloud Storage Pricing Summary

Provider
Storage
($/GB/Month)

Download
($/GB)
$0.005 $0.02
$0.021
+420%
$0.05+
+250%
$0.022+
+440%
$0.05+
+250%
$0.020
+520%
$0.08+
+400%

The Details for B2


STORAGE
$0.005/GB/Month
How much data you have stored with Backblaze. This is calculated once a day based on the average storage of the previous 24 hours.
The first 10 GB of storage is free.

DOWNLOAD
$0.02/GB
Charged when you download files and charged when you create a Snapshot. Charged for any portion of a GB.
The first 1 GB of data downloaded each day is free.

TRANSACTIONS
Class “A” transactions – Free
Class “B” transactions – $0.004 per 10,000 with 2,500 free per day.
Class “C” transactions – $0.004 per 1,000 with 2,500 free per day.
View Transactions by API Call

DATA BY MAIL
Mail us your data on a B2 Fireball – $550
Backblaze will mail your data to you by FedEx:
• USB Flash Drive – up to 110 GB – $89
• USB Hard Drive – up to 3.5TB of data – $189

PRODUCT SUPPORT
All B2 active account owners can contact Backblaze support at help.backblaze.com where they will also find a free-to- use knowledge base of B2 advice, guides, and more. In addition, a B2 user can pay to upgrade their support plan to include phone service, 24×7 support and more.

EVERYTHING ELSE
Free
Unlike other services, you won’t be nickeled and dimed with upload fees, file deletion charges, minimum files size requirements, and more. Everything you can possibly pay Backblaze is listed above.

 

Visit our B2 Cloud Storage web page for more information about B2.


Amazon S3
Storage Costs
Initial upload cost:
x
Data added each month:
x

Data del. each month:
x

Net data:
x

Download Costs

Monthly Download Cost:
x

Total

Total Cost for x Months
x

Microsoft
Storage Costs
Initial upload cost:
x
Data added each month:
x

Data del. each month:
x

Net data:
x

Download Costs

Monthly Download Cost:
x

Total

Total Cost for x Months
x

Google
Storage Costs
Initial upload cost:
x
Data added each month:
x

Data del. each month:
x

Net data:
x

Download Costs

Monthly Download Cost:
x

Total

Total Cost for x Months
x

Roderick Bauer

Roderick Bauer

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  • SigTill

    Hi! One question. One of the advantages of using the other 3 large ones for storage is that they also have virtual computers nearby to rent. That means you can process data on a computer close to that data. With B2 – which “virtual computer” is recommended to use to get the data fastest – and do you plan to sell similar virtual computers to do calculations on data within B2?

    Thanks for a great service!

    • As you note, Backblaze doesn’t currently offer any compute, aka virtual machine, services for cloud data. That is something that we are considering, but we don’t have any further information or recommendations at this time.

  • James Paloma

    Google Nearline is $0.01 GB/Month, backblaze is still cheaper but would be better to show this in the comparison.

    • Hi James. Google Nearline is a different type of storage. According to Google, it is “intended for infrequently accessed data.” Google tacks on additional charges depending on the region (storage varies between $0.01 and $0.016 per GB per month, which is 2x to 3x B2) and for other operations on the data. Data on B2 is accessible at any time without additional charges.

  • I have been a BackBlaze backup customer since 2010 and started using B2 on the first Beta invitation. More recently, I took a look at a new player in the market (OVH with their Cloud Archive) that offers lower $/GB/month storage, but when I did the calculation for my Daily Backup application, they actually turned out more expensive because of their 1.1 cents/GB Upload fee. So, I’m using B2, and probably would have anyway, given Cloud Archive’s access time being measured in Hours.

    Last night, I planned to write you a small piece for you on the importance of “Doing the Math” when I discovered that I was getting very different numbers for Amazon’s Storage than you list. Most notably, of their 6 Storage Services, the minimum Download cost, by my calculation, is 9 cents a GB.

    If you would like a copy of my spreadsheet, please contact me at http://joncpu.com/contact/

  • L.F.

    Thanks for your always intersting posts. As for now I am with Acronis Cloud, I have 2,3 TB uploaded. It seems to me that their rpicing is quite competitive to yours.

    • Andy Klein

      L.F. – I looked here: https://www.acronis.com/en-us/cloud/backup/purchasing/ at the Acronis cloud storage pricing. The storage pricing seems similar, but I was unsure if that price included downloading data? In any case, as long as you are backing up your data and are happy with the solution, that’s all that matters.

      • L.F.

        Yes its all in, and includes the sortware for local backup. Anyway I am always reading our posts about harddisks! Thanks Lukas Fierz

  • Anurag Bhatia

    Hi Roderick

    Small typo in “There are no costs to upload. We also throw in 10GB of storage and 1GB of downloads for free every month.”

    1GB/day not month. :)

    • RoderickB

      Thanks Anurag for the catch. It has been corrected.