Online Backup for Mac via Backblaze

Why you will love Backblaze online backup for the Mac

Backblaze engineers been doing backups for years. The problem is they couldn’t get any of their non-technical friends and parents to backup. Every time they encouraged them to try some backup software, it resulted in failure. The programs took too long to setup and asked a bunch of silly questions like “Select your photo directory”.

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Backup. Backup. Backup. We can’t say it enough. In an ideal world you would have a local backup, like with Time Machine. Then you would have a secondary to even a third backup remote. Why an online backup? In case of theft, disaster, or you’re constantly on the go with your laptop. With BackBlaze you get access to your files anywhere you need them.

Why you will love Backblaze online backup for the Mac
Backblaze engineers have been doing backups for years. The problem is they couldn’t get any of their non-technical friends and parents to backup. Every time they encouraged them to try some backup software, it resulted in failure. The programs took too long to setup and asked a bunch of silly questions like “Select your photo directory”.

Made by ex-Apple Employees
Some of the Backblaze team members worked at Apple building great products, so they know how to make great software for the Mac. Making high-quality products is in their DNA.

Native and Integrated
Backblaze didn’t take a short-cut and create a Java app that can run on many platforms. Instead they wanted to create a product that felt integrated well with the Mac. So they built Backblaze using Apple’s Xcode and put the controls in the System Preferences using a native interface. It doesn’t matter if you are running Mac OS X 10.6, 10.11 or any Mac OS in between, Backblaze’s online backup service will work.

Lightweight Performance
We hate using software that slows down our computers, same with the Engineers at Backblaze. They wanted to be sensitive to the performance hit on the computer. Backblaze did a bunch of amazing magic to optimize the software, including: reading data once, slowly scanning the drive, and waiting a few minutes before backing up at start-up time. The result is that Backblaze uses less than 1% of your CPU and memory on average. Backblaze also works great running side-by-side with Apple Time Machine for added redundancy.

Simple and Easy
Every online backup program says they are easy to use. It’s almost become cliché. But at Backblaze they really wanted that to be true from start to finish. An example is the install experience. By taking a similar approach to Time Machine and backing up all user data, Backblaze doesn’t have to ask the user to pick a bunch of filetypes and go looking for folders they want to backup. Most users don’t know where iMovie keeps their projects or where their email is kept. Also, they didn’t want users to have to remember to go back and edit their backup list every time they create a new folder. Sure some extra stuff is going to get backed up, but the ease of use and peace of mind is worth it. They wanted a user to download and install Backblaze and be backing up data in less than a minute.

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