Today, Backblaze announced that their S3 Compatible APIs were being moved out of beta and into general availability (GA). Their S3 Compatible APIs were first released in a beta version on May 4 and they saw thousands of customers uploading petabytes of data to their Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage.
During the beta period, more than 1,000 unique S3-compatible tools were used by customers to interact with the new Backblaze S3 compatible layer. Tools like CloudBerry, MinIO, and Synology were among the third parties that had pre-existing integrations with Backblaze but now also have customers uploading through Backblaze’s S3 Compatible APIs. Perhaps more notably, customers brought a wide variety of tools that had not previously seen upload data to Backblaze. User agents from Commvault, Cohesity, and Veeam all register now in Backblaze’s internal reporting. As do many AWS SDKs and even AWS Lambda.
Backblaze customers CloudSpot, a SaaS platform offering photographers the easiest way to share their work online, was one of the many success stories that Backblaze saw during the beta trails. CloudSpot Founder and CEO, Gavin Wade said, “With Backblaze, we have a system for scaling infinitely. It lowers our breakeven customer volume while increasing our margins, so we can reinvest back into the business. My investors are happy. I’m happy. It feels incredible.”
However, while Backblaze’s S3 Compatible APIs brings customers a storage solution that will empower their business and a provider that doesn’t try to hide fine print or surprise fees, there is still the issue of the excessive fees charged for cloud migration. Backblaze is also launching their cloud to cloud migration program that promises to pay the data transfer fees for any customers looking to migrate 50TB or more worth of data and keep their data stored with Backblaze for at least 12 months.
Backblaze has committed to a bug free, highly functional, and stable experience, and has stated that their functionality and associated infrastructure is fully ready for global, exabyte scale business. Backblaze is removing the barriers that are keeping customers’ data locked within the cloud oligarchy.