Why you will love Backblaze’s
online backup software for Mac
As engineers we've been doing backups for years. The problem is we couldn't get any of our non-technical friends and parents to backup. Every time we encouraged them to try some online backup software, it resulted in failure. The programs took too long to setup and asked a bunch of silly questions like "Select your photo directory".
Creates the Best Apple Backup Service
Some of the Backblaze team members worked at
Apple building great products, so we know
how to make great software for the Mac.
Making high-quality products is in our
We didn't take a short-cut and create a Java
app that can run on many platforms. Instead
we wanted to create a product that felt
integrated well with the Mac. So we built
Backblaze's cloud backup for Mac using
Apple's Xcode and put the controls in the
System Preferences using a native interface.
It doesn't matter if you are running Mac OS
X Lion or Leopard, Backblaze's online backup
service will work for both.
We hate using software that slows down our
computer, so we wanted to be sensitive to
the performance hit on the computer. We did
a bunch of amazing magic to optimize the
software, including: reading data once,
slowly scanning the drive, and waiting a few
minutes before backing up at start-up time.
The result is that Backblaze uses less than
1% of your CPU and memory on average.
Backblaze doesn't install any drivers and
opens any files it backs up as read only so
your computer is kept stable. Backblaze also
works great running side-by-side with Apple
Time Machine for added security.
Every online backup program says they are
easy to use. It's almost become a cliche.
But at Backblaze we really wanted that to be
true from start to finish. An example is the
install experience. By taking a similar
approach as Time Machine and backing up all
user data, Backblaze doesn't have to ask the
user to pick a bunch of filetypes and go
looking for folders they want to backup.
Most users don't know where iMovie keeps
their projects or their email is kept. Also,
we didn't want users to have to remember to
go back and edit their backup list every
time they create a new folder. Sure some
extra stuff is going to get backed up, but
the ease of use and peace of mind is worth
it. We wanted a user to download and install
Backblaze and be backing up data in less
than a minute. Mac backup truly has never
been easier or better.
• Intel Mac
• OS X 10.5 or higher
• Broadband Connection
• 5 GB of free space