Welcome, Backify Customers

Drama tends to be reserved for reality TV. Or sometimes for Valleywag.

But the last couple of days there has been some drama in the backup space.

About a month ago, Backify launched an online backup service claiming to offer 512GB for free. That surprised me and others and I was curious as to how they could offer that. Well, in the last two days the answer came back as “they couldn’t.”

As it turns out, Backify was reselling another service called LiveDrive. That company sent an email to all Backify customers claiming Backify was being fraudulent. Backify sent an email to their customers saying LiveDrive’s service was broken. Unclear what actually happened, but bad for customers backing up their data regardless.

Lifehacker includes both emails here: “You Should Probably Stop Using Backify

This morning, the Backify homepage changed to say: “Backify is no longer in service.” The company suggests users try Backblaze for unlimited storage for data backups.

We very much appreciate the recommendation and are happy to welcome all Backify customers who wish to protect their data with online backup. While Backify pitched a free service, Backblaze online backup does have a fee. We are $5/month, $50/year, or $95/two years (i.e. $3.96/month). For this, Backblaze provides automatic, unlimited backup with unlimited storage and unthrottled bandwidth.

Backify customers can try Backblaze for free and get 10% off when buying:

  • Download the free two-week trial at www.backblaze.com
  • Use code “backify” by Nov 28, 2011 to get 10% off your initial purchase.

We hope that we can pick up your online backup needs where Backify left off, and as we are unlimited and unthrottled, we can get you backed up and protected quickly!


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.