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Wasabi vs Backblaze B2

September 3, 2020,

Wasabi vs Backblaze B2 Review and Pricing

Wasabi
Price 96%
Speed 92%
Price transparency 82%
Overall 90%
Backblaze B2
Price 95%
Speed 92%
Price transparency 96%
Overall 94%

Monthly cost to store 1TB of data

Wasabi object storage service

Score

9/10
9.4/10

1TB storage cost

$5.99

$5

Monthly cost to store and download 1TB of data

Wasabi object storage service

Score

9/10
9.4/10

1TB storage cost

$5.99

$5

1TB download cost

$0

$10

Monthly cost

$5.99

$15

Quick monthly price comparison between Wasabi and Backblaze B2

There is very little difference in storage pricing between Wasabi and Backblaze B2 object storage. The differences are profound when large quantities of data need to be downloaded because these incur egress charges.

Backblaze are up-front with their pricing, i.e. $0.01 per GB. Wasabi are very keen to say they don’t charge for egress, however their charging policy far from unlimited egress. Wasabi will allow you to transfer out for free all the data you are paying to store. If you have 10TB stored, you can download 10TB in one month for free, but not 11TB.

How does this affect bills in a production environment?

If storage is your main business, and your data arrives into the service (ingress), then either service will be comparable on price.

We had this very dilemma when we moved our FileSync collaboration suite from our data centre to the cloud. We naturally wanted to use Microsoft’s Azure as we do with our cloud backup service, but doing so would have increased our cost tenfold. AWS wasn’t much better, so we looked at other object storage providers, and narrowed our decision down to either Wasabi or Backblaze B2.

Quick monthly price comparison between Wasabi and Backblaze B2

There is very little difference in storage pricing between Wasabi and Backblaze B2 object storage. The differences are profound when large quantities of data need to be downloaded because these incur egress charges.

Backblaze are up-front with their pricing, i.e. $0.01 per GB. Wasabi are very keen to say they don’t charge for egress, however their charging policy far from unlimited egress. Wasabi will allow you to transfer out for free all the data you are paying to store. If you have 10TB stored, you can download 10TB in one month for free, but not 11TB.

How does this affect bills in a production environment?

If storage is your main business, and your data arrives into the service (ingress), then either service will be comparable on price.

We had this very dilemma when we moved our FileSync collaboration suite from our data centre to the cloud. We naturally wanted to use Microsoft’s Azure as we do with our cloud backup service, but doing so would have increased our cost tenfold. AWS wasn’t much better, so we looked at other object storage providers, and narrowed our decision down to either Wasabi or Backblaze B2.

Native upload speed comparison between Wasabi and Backblaze B2

We are running a test using the native file upload and download tools from each site.  Our test file is 133MB and our test machine is using Windows 10. 

Our internet connection is a standard fibre broadband with the speedtest result shown below.

We are in the UK. Wasabi is in Holland, and Backblaze B2 is in the US.

Wasabi: upload - 1 minute 21 seconds, download - 35 seconds

Wasabi file upload speed test

Backblaze B2: upload - 1 minute 48 seconds, download - 47 seconds

The results are consistent when run 5 times (+ and – 10%), and show a similar speed consider the distances to each service.

This shows us the tech is the same and only pricing separates them.

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