Backblaze, a cloud-based backup solution for Windows machines that we likened to the online equivalent of Time Machine when it first got onto our radar, is today its product for Macs to the public after it debuted a private beta version last December.
Backblaze, available in 11 languages, costs $5 a month or $50 a year for unlimited online storage for backing up your hard drive, with a 15-day free trial available. The service continuously monitors files for changes and uploads them to the server, and in the event of a hard drive failure allows users to selectively download files via a web interface or have them delivered on DVDs or a USB drive.
Backblaze puts the emphasis on simplicity, allowing users to begin backing up in only a few button clicks with a minimal amount of setup (though it does have advanced features – they’re just hidden by default). Other online backup services include SugarSync, Mozy, iDrive and Carbonite (and yes, we know there are many many more).
On a sidenote: both Blackblaze’s CTO and its VP of Engineering previously held senior technical positions at Apple, so that should lend it quite a bit of credibility. Until something goes wrong of course, which it almost always does (multiple backups = must).
Mac users, check out Backblaze and let us know how your tests go.