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Wasabi Hot Cloud Storage vs. Backblaze B2 Cloud Storage

Who is the better object storage provider for you?
Written by
Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Who Should You Choose, and Why?

âś‹ Most important consideration

Storage on Backblaze B2 is cheaper than Wasabi, but Backblaze charges for bandwidth/egress and operations while Wasabi does not.

🤔 Strongly consider Wasabi over Backblaze if

  • You store your files for long periods of time and only access them occasionally.
  • You need HIPAA-compliant storage.

🤔 Strongly consider Backblaze over Wasabi if

You overwrite or delete a considerable amount of your files within 90 days of upload.

đź“ť Other Notes

  • While both providers promote an 100% compatible S3 API, they are not exactly the same in implementation and may have different restrictions compared to the AWS S3 API.
  • There is a minimum file storage period of 90 days with Wasabi.

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“Gotchas”

  • Backblaze B2’s replication factors are limited to 1 or 2 regions, and Wasabi just a few more.
  • Backblaze B2 has a weekly 2-hour maintenance window.
  • If you migrate storage and keep the rest of your infrastructure on another provider (like AWS), you will incur new ongoing transfer costs. Example: Moving from Amazon S3 to Backblaze B2 or Wasabi but having storage interactions with Amazon EC2 boxes can be expensive on egress.
  • Wasabi will charge you for a minimum of 3 months of storage for any uploaded data. For example, if you upload a file and then delete it within 1 month, you’ll get charged for the remaining 2 months.
  • Wasabi’s zero fee egress does not allow you to download more than you have stored.
  • While no explicit limits are stated on the website, Wasabi may also limit the number of operations based on your volume of storage.

Feature Comparison

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Integration With Other Services

Not all object storage providers have the integrations or compatibility with tools like IPFS, Filezilla or specific CDN providers.



Compliance Requirements

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About the Author

Louis-Victor Jadavji, Cofounder of Taloflow

Louis-Victor Jadavji (or "LV") is a recognized leader in the cloud services industry. He's helped 50+ digital native companies like ModusBox, Later, and NS1 choose the right cloud stack for their applications. His work has been featured in Forbes (30 Under 30 All-Star), HuffPost, The New York Times, The Globe and Mail, and Inc. Magazine.

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