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362 Ratings

Backblaze

16 Ratings

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Score 7.8 out of 101

Backblaze

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Score 9 out of 101

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Likelihood to Recommend

Apple iCloud

Best suited for personal use. It can be difficult to implement across entire organizations unless every member has an iOS device. And as I indicated earlier, there is an issue with duplicate contacts when you connect outside email services. I wouldn’t recommend it for contact management. Overall, however, it is really an essential.
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Backblaze

Backblaze is great for pretty much any type of user. It's powerful enough to handle large amounts of files, but light enough to run on less powerful systems. Backblaze may become difficult to manage in a large organization with many users. The unlimited backup makes the service highly useful and flexible
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Feature Rating Comparison

File Sharing & Management

Apple iCloud
8.1
Backblaze
Versioning
Apple iCloud
7.8
Backblaze
Video files
Apple iCloud
8.4
Backblaze
Audio files
Apple iCloud
8.5
Backblaze
Document collaboration
Apple iCloud
6.9
Backblaze
Access control
Apple iCloud
7.3
Backblaze
File search
Apple iCloud
8.5
Backblaze
Device sync
Apple iCloud
9.0
Backblaze

Cloud Storage Security & Administration

Apple iCloud
7.9
Backblaze
User and role management
Apple iCloud
7.7
Backblaze
File organization
Apple iCloud
7.7
Backblaze
Device management
Apple iCloud
8.4
Backblaze

Cloud Storage Platform

Apple iCloud
8.2
Backblaze
Performance
Apple iCloud
8.2
Backblaze
Reliability
Apple iCloud
8.8
Backblaze
Storage Reports
Apple iCloud
7.4
Backblaze

Pros

  • Always backed up, backs up automatically when you are on wife
  • Reliable, haven't lost a file yet
  • Relatively inexpensive
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  • Backblaze offers unlimited backups for a low-low cost per computer. Essentially, it's $5 for an all you can eat back-up buffet.
  • The interface is simple - both on the computer side when you're configuring it. But more importantly, the online interface to search through your stored data is simple and efficient. Once you find what you're missing you can restore via downloading a zipped archive, requesting a USB drive, or you can have large data loaded onto a hard drive.
  • It has never let me down - which in the world of remote back-up is amazing.
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Cons

  • The look and feel is not particularly good looking
  • I feel like I am saving a lot in the root directory because of the layout
  • Annual billing at a discount instead of a monthly fee
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  • Occasionally, if you've made lots of changes to your files, Backblaze will kick into action and slow down your computer. Normally you don't notice this but sometimes it does become a resource hog. But... in the latest versions, you can simply pause the running backup or restrict backups to run only off-hours.
  • One feature I'd like to see added, the ability to pay for long term storage regardless if you connect your drive / device every 30 days. That's their cut-off time frame - if you've backed up a computer - but don't connect it to the internet once very 30 days - they actually delete all the data stored for that device. They give you plenty of warnings - but it'd be nice to have an option to pay for unlimited or longer retention.
  • I'd also like to see an easier way of "swapping" a device inside of their system. For instance, if you upgrade your computer, you can't convert your old computer into your new one and simply append data to what is already stored. You have to start from scratch and your old data is probably lost for good after 30 days unless you keep the computer around some how and connect it once per month.
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Likelihood to Renew

Apple iCloud9.4
Based on 3 answers
It is a very necessary product if you are using Apple devices. If you are then you should utilize it.
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Usability

Apple iCloud6.9
Based on 6 answers
These are the reasons why I really enjoy Apple iCloud:
  • Cross device ease of use
  • The ability to easily monitor the amount of space used
  • Extremely easy to upload documents and pictures
  • It is able to be accessed from a browser, which means that it can be accessed from any device with an internet connection
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Backblaze10.0
Based on 1 answer
As stated in my review, Backblaze simply works and works simply. You install it. It runs silently in the background storing and safeguarding all your computer data remotely. You seldom notice it until you've lost something you need - then you can quickly find it online using their interface and restore it - which is what's really important.
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Alternatives Considered

We actually use all three, apple iCloud, Google Drive, and Dropbox. We use them for storing different kinds of files. With word documents and excel documents, we use Google Drive. For large saved files (designer files) we use Dropbox, and for Apple we use all of our photos, and random daily storage.
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Carbonite gets expensive as you scale your data and the number of devices. Tolis Bru proved too challenging and unreliable to effectively manage multiple devices that are both local and remote. And Dantz Retrospect's Multi-Server license simply became undesireable since it was local storage only onto tapes - so it wasn't truly disaster proof. Sure, we took the tapes offsite for storage but it's not the same nor as simple as Backblaze. Backblaze simply works in the background and more importantly it works when you need it the most - when you're trying to restore.
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Return on Investment

  • Negative benefits. There was a significant expectation, followed by frustration.
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  • Peace of mind
  • Redundant backups
  • Lowered costs for crash and data loss protection
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Pricing Details

Apple iCloud

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details

Backblaze

General
Free Trial
Free/Freemium Version
Premium Consulting/Integration Services
Entry-level set up fee?
No
Additional Pricing Details