Choosing a great cloud backup service can be difficult. There are a lot of services that look similar on the surface but are in reality quite different when you dive into the details. This review will dive into Backblaze vs Carbonite, two cloud backup services, and compare them on their prices, features, and more so that you can find the right fit for you.
Backblaze vs Carbonite – Overview
An unlimited cloud backup option is Backblaze, which provides simplistic setup and automatic backup of as many files as you wish.
As a service, Backblaze is aimed at those who don’t know so much about computers and just want something simple to provide a redundant copy of sensitive data. It does only protect one device though, so for additional devices, you’ll need to purchase additional licenses.
Backblaze offers mobile apps and a web app for remote access. They also offer unlimited external drive backups and no file size restrictions. Backblaze offers a 15-day free trial but no free tier plans.
Carbonite is one of the original juggernauts in the cloud backup industry. You’ve probably seen the commercials everywhere.
Carbonite, similarly to Backblaze, offers unlimited storage on a single system. Their apps and everything are also really similar. They have a web app and mobile apps for remote access.
With Carbonite, external hard drive backups will require a higher pricing tier. It is not offered at the lowest tier. There is a 15-day free trial but no free plans.
Backblaze vs Carbonite – Prices & Features
For these price comparisons, prices will be based on purchasing a one-year plan. Additional discounts for Backblaze are available for buying 2 years up front. Monthly plans are also available.
Backblaze Pricing Plans
|B2 Cloud Storage||$5/mo/TB||As much as you need|
Carbonite Pricing Plans
|Business||$269.99 – 999.99/yr||250-500 GB, higher tiers include server backup, additional charge for more storage|
Just based on a value standpoint for personal plans, Backblaze is the winner. Carbonite is more expensive and has features behind a paywall. With Carbonite, you’re paying for the ability to back up external drives, enable automatic video backups, and get hard copy recovery. With Backblaze, there’s only one personal plan and it’s all-inclusive.
Looking at business plans, it really depends on how many machines you need to back up. Backblaze could be cheaper or more expensive. It’s worth noting though that Carbonite does not offer unlimited storage for business.
Backblaze vs Carbonite – Security
Backblaze’s security is pretty respectable. They offer 128-bit AES encryption, which is admittedly a bit lax. But they also offer a private key option for users, which results in even more security. Oddly enough though, the users can’t manage their own private keys. They are managed by the company. They also avoid Java in their software due to recent security breaches involving Java.
Carbonite offers almost identical security. They use SSL/TLS transfer security and also encrypt all data located on their servers with 128-bit AES encryption. They are also upfront about their physical security, mentioning right on their site that they have 24-hour security surveillance, backup generators, UPS systems, and temperature control units.
Overall, it’s a statistical tie, but Carbonite probably wins just due to the additional information they give.
Backblaze vs Carbonite Additional Features
Backblaze offers automatic backups, 30-day file versioning, bandwidth throttling, hard copy recovery, and mobile access. The only one of those you’d have to pay for is the hard copy recovery, which would cost $99 for a flash drive and $189 for an external hard drive.
Carbonite offers the same features and additional ease of file restoration. They also include hard copy restoration for free in their higher tier plans. Additionally, in recent years, Carbonite has provided anytime, anywhere data access, allowing access to files via mobile apps and web apps. The software is also much more intuitive and does a lot more than what Backblaze provides.
Overall, Carbonite provides more but at a higher price. It doesn’t really sacrifice simplicity though, which is nice to see.
Backblaze vs Carbonite – Pros & Cons
Backblaze Pros and Cons
- Their plans are very inexpensive.
- Their software is very easy to use.
- They provide unlimited storage.
- You can locate stolen devices from their application.
- They provide hard copy restoration at a price.
- Their upload speeds are much slower than the competition.
- There aren’t many features available in their software. It’s very basic.
- It doesn’t integrate with File Explorer.
- Files have to be restored via ZIP file download or hard copy. You have to wait either way.
Carbonite Pros and Cons
- You can access your files anywhere.
- They provide unlimited storage for individuals.
- There are several methods to restore files.
- Their app is sleek and intuitive.
- They provide a lot of extra features and conveniences.
- Transfer speeds are solid.
- They are a bit expensive.
- There is no monthly pricing, only annual.
- Plus and Prime plans are only available for Windows users.
- There is no file sharing or collaboration.
This is a hard one. Both are solid options honestly, so it’s probably going to come down to how much you’re willing to sacrifice and what your situation is. Also, if you have external drives and don’t mind slower transfer speeds, Backblaze will likely save you a bit of money.
However, the slight win goes to Carbonite. Carbonite’s solid transfer speeds, better software, additional features, and more security information give them a slight nudge, despite a $10ish a year difference in cost. Our verdict is that what you get here is worth that extra $10.