Backing up – Backblaze and Bitcasa

Update 20 Nov 2013 – This totally suck. Bitcasa just raised their price for new users from $99 a year to USD $999 a year! Yes, that is $999.00 http://blog.bitcasa.com/2013/11/19/our-new-pricing-and-the-evolution-of-bitcasa/#comment-5000

As many know, we’re big fans of Backblaze having written about them and recommending them in the past.

Recently, we’ve moved some backing up tasks to Bitcasa. What’s different is they have no file size limit (Backblaze has a 4Gb per file limit). Both offers unlimited storage. Backblaze is more of a install and forget application, Bitcasa allows you to copies upon copies of files you need plus a “mirror” function of folders that you constantly change. The changes are replicated to them for backing up.

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The application does different things (Backblaze pure backup/ Bitcasa cloud storage) in ways but some small scripting will allow me to even backing up my network folders that Backblaze still has not release anything technically or pricing wise.

As one of our most precious asset are our photos, we mirror that folder first and foremost to have Bitcasa act as a backup solution in place of Backblaze.

Pricing wise, USD$5 per machine per month for Backblaze whereas Bitcasa is USD10 per month per account. A single account across all my machines. So if you’re calculating, I have 5 machines including 2 laptops that runs backblaze. Cancelling any 2 accounts will allow me almost the same thing to have a single Bitcasa account that can cover all my PCs/ Laptops.

USB harddirves works as well. Mirroring works on these USB plugged in drives too. USB thumbdrives are automatically detected when plugged in and Bitcasa will asked if you wanna copy EVERYTHING into it’s Bitcasa Cloud.

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Our photos being mirrored

Like other cloud storage, Dropbox/ others, it allows you to fully backup your phone’s camera roll as you take your pictures. It also allows you to set that you upload to Bitcasa cloud only on Wifi only or otherwise.

Bitcasa being a 2 year old company, there’s concerns over what will happen to our data should the company fold, get acquitted, merged, bought or otherwise when we have load up everything into Bitcasa’s cloud, It took us 3 weeks to copy almost everything of about 11Tb into Bitcasa. We’re running Singtel’s 100Mbps fiber. It’s quite amazing how it plays back things even when it’s on the cloud. Loading the mp3 from the bitcasa cloud via 4G on my Samsung S4 plays it smoothly when i’m not moving around that is. On the train, it does skips. Loading a full HD 720 movie while at home, it plays smoothly even fast forwarding and all.

We’re running it for a month now and trying to delete and retrieve any lost files. Reading it across iPhones, iPads, Android and across PCs via a web browser and it works great now but we’re still holding off for a while more on cancelling all Backblaze…for now.

Good reads:

http://forums.bitcasa.com/index.php?/topic/201-upload-experience-frustrating-and-slow-my-working-method/

http://www.techrepublic.com/blog/windows-and-office/use-robocopys-multi-threaded-feature-to-quickly-back-up-your-data-in-windows-7/

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