U.S. East Data Region FAQ U.S. East Data Region FAQ

U.S. East Data Region FAQ

Lin Lin

Backblaze recently expanded its Storage Cloud footprint by adding a new eastern data region (US East). The first data center receiving data for this region is located in Reston, Virginia. The data center is operated by Coresight, a well-known and respected data center operator. This data center is the core of the new Backblaze eastern region joining the western region (US West) and the central European region (EU Central).


Here are answers to commonly asked questions:


1. How do I select the US East data region?
When you create a Backblaze account, you can choose whether that account’s data is stored in the US East region, the US West region, or the EU Central region. The choice that you make during account creation dictates where all of that account’s data is stored. Currently, the default region is US West, so you must change the selection to use the new US East region. After you create your Backblaze account, you cannot change your selected region.



2. Does it cost more to store my data in the eastern region?
Whether you choose US East, US West, or EU Central, your data storage costs do not change.


3. Will my data ever leave the region that I select during account creation?
All of your data is stored in the region that you select when you create your Backblaze account unless you specifically direct your data to move to a new region. 


4. Can my Backblaze account exist in more than one region?
You can assign only one region to a Backblaze account. If you want to store data in more than one region, or you want to use the Backblaze B2 Cloud Replication feature to replicate your data from one Backblaze region to another region, you must have separate Backblaze accounts for each region.


5. Can I move my current Backblaze account to the US East region?
You can create a new account in the US East region and upload your data to the new account. After the upload is complete and you are certain that all of the data was copied to the new region, you can either keep or delete the Backblaze account that is in the original region.

Note to consider: 

There is a cost to have your data in two places while this process occurs.

6. I have an existing Backblaze account with data in one region, and I created a new Backblaze account in another region. Can I replicate my data from the original region to the new region?
You can use the Backblaze B2 Cloud Replication feature to copy the data from one region to another region.

Notes to consider:

Replicated data cannot be replicated again. Therefore, we recommend that you use this feature only if you intend to keep your source account.

Hidden files from the original region may not be hidden in the new region.

For more information, see Cloud Replication or, if you have more than 50 TB of data, contact sales for assistance.


7. Is there a charge to transfer my data when I use the Backblaze B2 Cloud Replication feature?

You are charged only to store your data at the prevailing rates for data storage. For more information, see Cloud Replication.

8. If I have data in the US West region and I replicate my data to the US East region (or the EU Central region), how do I centrally manage my Backblaze B2 accounts?

You can create a group and enable Backblaze B2 for the group. Invite your source account (US West) and your destination account (US East or EU Central) to this group. Create a replication rule in the source account to replicate the objects that are in a bucket in that account to a bucket in the destination account. Billing for storage and egress fees for downloaded files are charged to the group. There are no egress fees for data replication. For more information about groups, see Creating a Business Group.


Note: Groups apply only to consumption-based accounts. The Groups feature is currently not supported for B2 Reserve accounts.



9. Do you expect to open more data centers in the eastern region?
It is reasonable to expect that we will open additional data centers in the eastern region. It is also possible that we will expand our storage capabilities within the current facility.