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Backblaze Announces its First European Data Center
Backblaze, a backup company that has moved into business backup and B2 Cloud solutions, has today announced the opening of its first data center in Europe. The data center in Amsterdam follows two data centers located in Sacramento, California and a third in Phoenix, Arizona. 

As part of its launch, Backblaze is also introducing the concept of regions, allowing customers the opportunity to choose whether their account's data will be stored in the EU Central or US West region. The default option will store data in US West, but a drop-down list allows the user to alternatively select EU Central. The initial decision will dictate where all of that account's data is stored, regardless of product choice (Computer Backup or B2 Cloud Storage).

At this time, Backblaze currently does not support moving existing data within Backblaze regions, although it is on the roadmap for the future. However, any customer can create a new account and upload data to Europe. Customers with multiple accounts can administer those accounts via the Backblaze Groups feature. Existing customers can create a new account in the EU Central region and then upload data to it; they can then either keep or delete the previous Backblaze account in US West.

Data uploaded by the customer does not leave the region it was uploaded to except through explicit direction of the customer. For example, restores and snapshots of data stored in Europe can be downloaded directly from Europe. However, customers requesting an encrypted hard drive with their data on it will have that drive prepared from a secure location in the U.S. In addition, certain metadata about customer accounts, such as a customer's email address, resides in the U.S.

"We like to develop the features and functionality that our customers want," said Ahin Thomas, VP of marketing, Backblaze. "The decision to open up a data center in Europe is directly related to customer interest. We're actively working on region selection for individual B2 Buckets (instead of Backblaze region selection on an account basis), which should open up a lot more interesting workflows!"

Pricing will remain unchanged regardless of region and all payments will be made in U.S. dollars. The pricing of B2 Cloud Storage is $0.005/GB per month. For comparison, storing data in Amazon S3's Ireland region will cost around 4.5x the amount. For Computer Backup, the price is $60 for one year per computer.

Published Wednesday, August 28, 2019 10:16 AM by David Marshall
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