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Backblaze Mobile Update 1.8


blog-ios7Backblaze Mobile 1.8 is here! We’ve added search, making it easier to find and retrieve files on the go!

What’s New:

  • Search – search for any backed up file by name
  • Speed optimization
  • Bug fixes

Why Is Search Important?
Search will help you find and view your files and folders while you’re away from your computer. You can search for specific files, through folders, or amongst your various computers.  Adding search makes it much easier to access all of your backed up data quickly and easily.

Next we’re going to go heads-down on an iPad app to add a bit more usability for larger interfaces (though you can use the current app on an iPad) and then we’re off to android!

Haven’t used the app before? The Backblaze Mobile app for iOS makes it easy for you to access all of your photos, documents, and other files backed up to Backblaze right from your phone.

Go to the iTunes store and get the updated app today!

The app is free for all Backblaze customers.



Backblaze 2.5 – The Tranquility Release


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You shouldn’t have to worry about data backup. It should just work. No data limits, no throttling, no worries. That’s Backblaze. Here’s a look at what’s new in Backblaze Online Backup Release 2.5.

Account Page

From any web browser you can log in to your Backblaze account to see how things are going. Most of the time when someone logs in, it’s to do a restore, but on the “Account” page you can; adjust your account settings, check out your billing information, change your password and more. For 2.5 we reorganized the Account page so you can understand your account at-a-glance. For example, all your billing related information is in the same place and it is easy change plans, change credit cards, etc.

R2.5 Account Page

Overview Page

The “Overview” page is where you start when you log into your Backblaze account. We completely redesigned the page to place more relevant information at your fingertips. For example you’ll see:

  • All the computers being managed by your account
  • All the drives (internal and external) being backed up
  • The last time each drive was backed up
  • How much data is selected for back up
  • Drives not being backed up and what you can do to fix it
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Email Notifications

One of the things we realized is that many customers use our system for years and never log in to their account. But sometimes something goes wrong; an external drive becomes disconnected or fails, or a customer changes computers and turns off the old one. Things happen. So when we see something amiss we’ll send a notification email to your Backblaze account email.

    We Miss Your Computer – If we can’t communicate with a licensed computer for 14 days, we’ll start sending you emails like the one below.
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    A Drive is Missing – We back up the internal and external drives that you’ve selected. If we can’t communicate with one of those drives for 14 days we’ll start sending you emails like the one below.
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Backup Summary

Some people are content to “let the backup happen,” while others watch the Backblaze Preferences panel as the number of files to back up counts down to zero. OK, maybe they don’t watch that often, but they do want to know how things are going. Fair enough. With Release 2.5 we will send each Backblaze account owner a Backup Summary email like the one below. You can choose how often you wish to receive this email: monthly, weekly, or not-at-all. This is set on the Account page. The email provides a snapshot of the status of the computers in your Backblaze account.

R2.5 backup summary

Unlimited Means Unlimited

Backblaze customers could previously backup a file that was unlimited in size, but the default was set to 4 GB in the Backblaze Preferences for a given file. Beginning with Release 2.5 the default will be Unlimited. We’re not sure why anyone would want anything else, but we are leaving the ability to limit the file size just in case.

Under the Hood

Of course our engineers tinkered with plenty of things a typical Backblaze customer doesn’t notice. For example, in Release 2.5 our Client Engineering team doubled the speed of the file scanner that compiles the list files to back up. This is most evident during the installation process when we do our initial file scan of your hard drive. We also improved how we back up .emlx and .ics files on the Mac and changed over to use the newest Xcode 5 build environment from Apple.

With Release 2.5 we’ve made it easier to stay up to date with your Backblaze account. We hope this brings a little more tranquility in to your life. We will be auto-updating everyone in the next few weeks, but if you can’t wait you can upgrade now, it’s pretty cool.

 

 



Backblaze Release 2.3.1


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Release Date: 7/30/13
Version: 2.3.1

Auto-Update: Yes – 12/13/13

2.3.0 was a very successful release, including many performance enhancements. We’ve refined a few more things with 2.3.1, and are auto-updating all users to this version.

Windows and Mac:
• Decrease memory usage in certain corner cases
• Improved support for double byte characters in computer name
• Backblaze Downloader optimized for higher latency connections (download speed increased in some cases)

Windows:
• Backblaze now runs in 64-bit on more Windows systems

Mac:
• Miscellaneous compatibility fixes for Mac OS X 10.9 Mavericks

Update Now:
If you wish to update today, get Backblaze version 2.3.1 here.



Mavericks? We’re Ready!


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Backblaze loves our Mac users and we’re guessing some of you have been waiting with bated breath for OS X Mavericks to be available for download. That’s why we’ve worked hard to make sure Backblaze is ready for OS X Mavericks. Apple released the developer-version of OS X Mavericks back in June, and we already have over 1,000 customers running Backblaze on Mavericks.

So update to Apple OS X Mavericks when you’re able to, and continue enjoying the peace of mind that you get knowing that Backblaze has your back.

(Note: Backblaze Version 2.3.1 is the latest on the Mac. To check which version you are running, click the Backblaze icon in the menubar and select “About” from the menu. Running an older version? Just visit https://secure.backblaze.com/update.htm and install over the top.)



Backblaze Mobile for iOS 7


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Our iOS app just got a fresh coat of paint and a performance increase!

What’s new:

• iOS 7 themed visual redesign
• Looks better on iPhone 5, 5S, and 5C
• Rewrote the app for faster performance
• Added options for file sharing, including sending via text messages

Haven’t used the app before? The Backblaze Mobile app for iOS makes it easy for you to access all of your photos, documents, and other files backed up to Backblaze right from your phone.

Go to the iTunes store and get the updated app today!

The app is free for all Backblaze customers.



Backblaze Release 2.3.0:
Performance Tuned for the Modern PC/Mac


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Release Date: 7/11/13
Version: 2.3

Auto-Update: No

A core tenet of the Backblaze philosophy is that backups have to work seamlessly in the background. As such, we’ve always focused on performance: providing unlimited bandwidth, automatic bandwidth management, and writing the applications natively on Windows and Mac in high-performance “C” code.

In this latest release, we have gone further in optimizing the performance of the online backup service.

Mac and Windows Releases

* SSD detection and optimization.
While only 6% of computers today have solid-state drives (SSD), that number is forecast to increase to 31% by 2017. Furthermore, a significantly higher percentage of laptops (which are prevalent among our customers) have SSDs, and 100% of new Apple MacBook Airs and retina MacBook Pros use them instead of hard disk drives.

SSDs are up to 10 times faster than regular hard drives. A traditional 5400 RPM laptop hard drive reads data at about 50 MB/s, whereas Apple claims their new MacBook SSD (or “Flash” storage) reads data at up to 500 MB/s.

This new release detects whether your computer has SSD or flash storage versus a traditional hard drive and optimizes Backblaze to take advantage of that additional performance to enable your system to back up even faster.

* Retuned RAM usage for modern systems and data distribution.
Over the years, computers have shipped with more RAM and users have stored more files. This release retunes Backblaze to produce the file list for backup 2 times faster for users with large number of files. (Users will small numbers of files will have unchanged performance.)

* Increased file list scalability 8 times.
Backblaze was designed to easily backup hundreds of thousands of files per computer. For the few users with millions of files on a single computer, their experience was suboptimal. This new releases increases the scalability 8 times on 64 bit architectures to improve the experience.

* Instrumented performance analytics.
The Backblaze service will measure various performance metrics in order to help continue tuning the service for higher performance.

* Added additional temporary files to exclusion list.
Added temporary files from Windows 8, Apple Time Machine, and more to the exclusion list to optimize backup speed.

Additionally, on Windows

* Released application in 64 bit.
Backblaze now runs as a 64-bit application on Windows systems that run as 64 bit architectures: Windows Vista 64-bit, Windows 7 64-bit, and Windows 8 64-bit. Backblaze will continue to run as 32-bit on 32-bit Windows (such as Windows XP) and on Mac OS X 10.5 and 10.6. Backblaze on Mac OS X previously supported 64-bit.

Upgrade today
Securely download Backblaze Online Backup Release 2.3 for you Mac or PC.



Backblaze Release 2.2


Backblaze has a new version out today, and as we’re fond of saying, it’s the best build ever!

Here’s the info:

Release Date: 6/5/13
Version: 2.2

Auto-Update: No

Windows
• ZIP file downloader now retries to download ZIP file regardless of how many times the network connection fails/restarts during the download.
• ”Question Mark” button in the Backblaze Downloader now launches URL with a “version” in the URL for support.
• Added additional error messaging to the installer.
• Clarified error logging messages when a file could not be opened in certain log files.
• Increased the maximum size of a “Backup State” supported in “Transfer Backup State” (1GB to 1.5GB).
• Excluded some temporary folders in the Chrome browser.
• Improvements in German translation.
• Fixed issue with Japanese characters in ZIP downloader.
• Misc other small changes.

Mac
•  All fixes listed above.
• Made preparing “todo” list of files faster on Mac – faster file scanning when preparing a backup.
• Fix for installing in esoteric situations like Time Machine being installed on root drive.
• Re-added exclusions left out during upgrade from OSX 10.7 to OSX 10.8.

Update now! You can download the latest client here, or by right clicking your Backblaze icon and pressing “Check for Updates…”

Enjoy!



Unboxing The Japanese Retail Box!


Last year Backblaze announced a partnership with Sourcenext to help spread online backup throughout Japan.  After all, backing up your computer is a good idea, no matter where you live!  This year Sourcenext is releasing a retail box for us!  Let’s take a look inside shall we?