A short hop across the English channel for my data..

I’ve been a long term fan of Backblaze, the computer backup service which automatically stores your files securely in the cloud. But the big problem (well, it wasn’t a big problem as such, just a question of distance and location) was that all your data was being kept in a datacentre somewhere West of the good ol’ US of A.

Simple web interface to access your backed up files and B2 buckets

As the years progressed, Backblaze made backing up faster and faster and today it doesn’t feel particularly slow or strange that your files are being sent halfway across the world. But now, they’ve just announced their first European datacentre, based in Amsterdam.

Backblaze’s blogs have always been very informative, and they’re currently publishing a series of posts which explain how and why they picked their first datacentre outside of the USA.

There’s no price change. It’ll still be billed in dollars (which is fine with me, since my bank doesn’t charge for foreign transactions). Very little has changed other than the destination. Unfortunately, there isn’t any way of moving existing backups or B2 buckets. So I had to close my existing account, open a new one with the EU region selected, pay for a new license (well, I could have waited 15 days during the trial period) and start a brand new backup again.

The only clue to where your data is stored is in the My settings page.

I had no problem with doing a new backup from scratch. I still use Time Machine with my Macbook Pro to keep local backups. But what impressed me was that the 305Gb of data took roughly 12 hours straight at 50Mbs upload speed to transfer everything to the Amsterdam datacentre.

And there was no problem reconfiguring rclone to use the new account ID and API key to start new server backups going to my B2 buckets.

Once the backups were completed, I took snapshots of my Apple Photos, iTunes and important access documents so that I go right back in time at any point to a working backup. I’ll do this every 3 months to ensure I always have a restore point snapshot (since file versioning in Backblaze is limited to 30 days).

Take snapshots of points in time of your backups for safe keeping

If you want to try Backblaze for yourself, and want to help me pay some of the costs for running this blog – please consider using this link to start a 15-day free trial and to give me a month’s free backup in the process (assume you sign up). Every little helps, as they say.