This prompted me into looking at other object storage providers that offered cheaper storage and no API (PUT) transaction costs. There are many object storage providers out there but I could not find any comparisons on these forums. So I decided to write this post for other Veeam customers out there doing the same research, and hopefully it helps them in their decision. I started using and testing 3 object storage providers in the past month: Wasabi, Backblaze B2 and iDrive E2 and here are my findings.
iDrive: $4.09/TB/month ($40/TB/year; $4/TB/year for first year Promo)
Wasabi: $5.99/TB/month (Discounts over 50TB on 1, 3 or 5 years upfront)
Egress cost and/or free limit:
iDrive: Free up to 3X the total storage in a month
Wasabi: Free up to 1X the total storage in a month
API Transactions cost:
iDrive & Wasabi: Free
Backblaze: $0.004 to $0.040 per 10,000 with 2,500 free per day
Early deletion policy:
iDrive and Backblaze: None
Wasabi: Minimum 30 days for Veeam customers plan (90 days for regular customers)
iDrive and Wasabi: Compatible and objects cannot be deleted on their website.
Wasabi: Compatible but objects could be deleted on their website. Maybe I need to set compliance in their UI to match Veeam immutability settings but seems cumbersome.
Upload speeds (averaged out of 3 tests per region using 30GB vbk and large block):
Azure (Canada - Toronto): 105 MB/s
Wasabi (USA - Virginia): 102 MB/s
Wasabi (Canada - Toronto): 98 MB/s
iDrive (USA - Virginia): 74 MB/s
iDrive (USA - Chicago): 62 MB/s
Backblaze (USA - West): 60 MB/s * could be Sacramento or Phoenix 21 MB/s latest
Wasabi (USA - Oregon): 56 MB/s
iDrive (USA - Oregon): 23 MB/s
Upload speed to closest region (to Toronto using 1Gbps fiber connection):
Wasabi: 102 MB/s
iDrive: 74 MB/s
Backblaze: 60 MB/s
Search matches in Veeam Object Storage forums (as of 28-Jun-2022):
UI Ease of use:
iDrive and Wasabi: Snappy and friendly
Backblaze: Slow to show bucket contents when it contains large amounts of blocks. Not that friendly.
- iDrive: It's without a doubt the cheapest of all 3 options. The upload speeds (second place) and lack of data center in Canada is a minus for me. The immutability worked out of the box and their UI is possibly the best one (Wasabi is very close in this area). However the fact that they did not showed up in any of the Veeam forums is a concern and they are also the smallest company out of the 3 in terms of revenue and number of employees so their existence in this space is the questionable.
- Backblaze: It's the slowest of the 3 options and their high egress fees are a big issue for me. The lack of data centers is also a concern. They are a well established company but since they went public their stock value has been dropping a lot. Their founders are selling stocks for the next year so the future of this company is uncertain and makes me nervous picking them up for my company data.
- Wasabi: They are the most expensive for storage fees and also the only ones that impose a minimum retention period of 30 days (to Veeam customers, 90 days to others). They are the newest company but they are growing fast and the only dedicated object storage company out of the 3 (the other two do PC backup sand other stuff). They are the most renowned in Veeam forums and my only concern is that I could delete objects in their website that I marked as immutable in Veeam. They do have a compliance setting which is extra to Object Lock so maybe they both need to be set up to the same timeframe.
For now I have decided to go with Wasabi for 3 reasons: upload speed, data center in Toronto (where my company is) and usage by Veeam customers as it can be seen in the forums.
I would love to hear feedback from other Veeam customers...
PS: The only place on the internet I found with a comparison of these 3 companies was at BOBcloud website here: https://www.bobcloud.net/reviews/micros ... reloaded=1