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Backblaze backup offers cloud service to compete with Amazon S3

Online backup provider Backblaze introduces its B2 Cloud Storage service that costs half a penny per gigabyte; looks to compete with major cloud service providers.

Backblaze today introduced its Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage service that customers can use to build cloud applications, and is designed to compete with Amazon S3, Microsoft Azure and Google Cloud Storage.

The online backup service company will give customers direct access to its infrastructure either through a Web user interface, command line interface or application programming interface (API). Backblaze backup's new service comes at a cost of a half a penny per gigabyte.

Amazon S3 pricing starts at 3 cents per GB for its standard service and 1.25 cents per GB for S3 Infrequent Access storage. Microsoft Azure storage pricing starts at 2.4 cents and Google Cloud Standard Storage starts at 2.6 cents per GB.

"Instagram and Dropbox were built on Amazon S3," Backblaze CEO Gleb Budman said. "Today you can build the next Dropbox or Instagram on top of our service."

Backblaze has offered an online backup service since 2007 and it claims to currently store up to 150 PB of data on its customized, open source hardware platform called Storage Pods and cloud-based Backblaze Vault file system. Backblaze backup uses a co-located data center.

"We have recovered more than 10 billion files for customers of our backup service," Budman said.

Backblaze backup's new infrastructure as a service will be offered on the same Storage Pod platform that uses high-density 4U servers, each containing 45 hard drives that store up to 270 TB of capacity. Customers interested in the Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage can sign up for an account, with 10 GB of free storage, to access the open APIs.

Budman said Backblaze has paying customers in 175 countries worldwide.

"We plan to compete head-on with Amazon S3 and Azure," he said. "We are giving customers direct access to our raw cloud storage infrastructure."

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