Anyone using Backblaze B2 cloud storage for backup?

Riley Loader riley.loader at gmail.com
Thu Aug 24 16:22:46 MDT 2017


Sorry to spam. I just re-read; Backblaze B2 charges 0.5 cents (a half a
penny) per gig per month. That IS cheaper than what I'm paying, by more
than 50%!

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On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 4:19 PM, Riley Loader <riley.loader at gmail.com>
wrote:

> I do use Duplicity with AWS S3 (Infrequent access) which costs $0.0125 per
> GB/month to store and $0.01 per GB to retrieve. There is also a charge for
> a given amount of requests to their system (get, put, etc) but even with
> that, this is pretty cheap in my opinion. Amazon charged me $0.92 last
> month, and this is to back up some 80+ or so GB of data.
>
> Anyway, to avoid going off-topic, I've never used or heard of Backblaze
> B2, but I do use Duplicity (with the Duply wrapper/frontend) and it seems
> to work great. I can't vouch for the massive amount of storage space or
> backup time that Levi brings up (I have no experience using other options
> to compare) but here's stats from last night's backup of my home server:
>
> --------------[ Backup Statistics ]--------------
> StartTime 1503561610.92 (Thu Aug 24 02:00:10 2017)
> EndTime 1503561711.66 (Thu Aug 24 02:01:51 2017)
> ElapsedTime 100.74 (1 minute 40.74 seconds)
> SourceFiles 171773
> SourceFileSize 83407342647 (77.7 GB)
> NewFiles 15
> NewFileSize 58450408 (55.7 MB)
> DeletedFiles 4
> ChangedFiles 6
> ChangedFileSize 182407535 (174 MB)
> ChangedDeltaSize 0 (0 bytes)
> DeltaEntries 25
> RawDeltaSize 59265398 (56.5 MB)
> TotalDestinationSizeChange 11743577 (11.2 MB)
> Errors 0
> -------------------------------------------------
>
> It appears that the "TotalDestinationSizeChange" (the amount of data that
> got pushed to S3) turned out to be 11 MB for this incremental, compressed
> backup, after having added 56 MB to the source machine. I may be reading
> that wrong, but it appears to be pretty efficient, at least for my use case.
>
> Riley
>
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> On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 2:00 PM, Levi Pearson <levipearson at gmail.com>
> wrote:
>
>> On Thu, Aug 24, 2017 at 1:10 PM, Michael Torrie <torriem at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>> > Now that Crashplan is eliminating their home user plan, and also the
>> > free peer-to-peer system, I'm in the market for some new cloud backup.
>> > Most solutions are about double the cost of what CrashPlan home was.
>> > Someone suggested I look at the Backblaze B2 cloud storage system, and a
>> > tool like duply/duplicity as an interface into it.  The prices seem
>> > great to me.  They charge .5 cents (real cents, unlike Verizon!) a GB
>> > per month for storage, and 2 cents/GB for downloading, which seem
>> > reasonable to me.  B2 has versioning as well, and if you use duplicity
>> > to rsync up to it, it can work as a decent backup system I think.
>> >
>>
>> It looks like they've got a python-based command line tool that has a
>> built-in sync command; you wouldn't even necessarily need Duplicity.
>>
>>
>> > Do any of you have experience with Backblaze B2, and have any of you
>> > used duplicity to automate and script your backups?
>> >
>>
>> I used Duplicity for a while to do some backups of a non-critical file
>> server at work, but I switched to using Borg (
>> https://borgbackup.readthedocs.io/en/stable/index.html) which has
>> built-in
>> deduplication and, at least as far as my usage goes, works far better at
>> keeping a consistent rolling incremental backup without taking a massive
>> amount of storage space or backup time.
>>
>> Borg doesn't have the set of backends that Duplicity does, but you could
>> easily use Borg for on-site backup and do a simple sync of the borg
>> repository to the off-site backup for remote storage. I don't know if that
>> will meet your needs, but it seems like a nice and reasonably-priced
>> solution if it does.
>>
>>
>>     --Levi
>>
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