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Five tools to help sync more than one cloud storage service

There are plenty of available tools to help you easily manage those cloud storage services. Jack Wallen lists his favorites.

As the cloud grows, and more people wind up managing more and more cloud storage services, the necessity to more easily manage those cloud services increases. I bounce around from three to five such services, and if it weren't for the right tools, I'd be scrambling around like a rat in a maze. Thankfully there are plenty of available tools that can help you easily manage those services.

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Of course, not all such tools are created equal. Some are web-based, some are desktop based, some can help you manage what seems like an endless stream of services, and some are limited to a few. Let's take a look at five such apps/sites that can help you keep your sanity with regards to syncing all of your cloud storage services. In order to make this list, each app needed to be able to sync (or backup) multiple cloud storage services, be easy to use, and be cost-effective.

Five Apps

1. Otixo

Otixo is a web-based tool for serious cloud users. Think of Otixo as a file manager for all of your cloud services and even your social networking accounts. Supported services include: Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, SugarSync, CX, Facebook, SkyDrive, Amazon S3, and many more. One of the best features of this great service is the ability to quickly copy and paste between services. With this handy web-based tool, you can access all of your configured cloud services with a single password. You can also launch files directly from Otixo and use the built-in previewer tool. Cost of Otixo is $4.99 USD per month.

2. Hojoki

Hojoki is an Android- and IOS-based team-building, collaborative tool that allows you to manage and collaborate in over thirty different cloud-based services (including Basecamp, Box, Dropbox, Evernote,  Google Drive, SkyDrive, Twitter). Hojoki also allows you to do messaging between collaborators, manage tasks, get notifications from your connected applications, create workspaces, and see everything in one, easy to use dashboard. Hojoki offers two plans: Free (up to five workspace members) and Premium ($5.00/month USD for unlimited workspace members).

3. Primadesk

Primadesk allows you to manage your accounts from your mobile device or you desktop web browser and supports plenty of services (4Shared, Adrive, AOL, Box, Comcast Mail, Cubby, Dropbox, Evernote, Google Drive, Skydrive, Sugarsync, Twitter, and many more). With the web-based dashboard you can check email, check the status of your backed up cloud services, check the status of your shares, enable one-click sign-on, and much more. The free account allows you to manage ten services and gives you 1GB of backup storage. The Pro account ($5.00/month) allows you to manage unlimited services and gives you 10GB of backup storage. The Premium account ($10.00/month) allows you to manage unlimited services and gives you 30GB of storage space.

4. Cloudfuze

Cloudfuze is a desktop app that offers a single sign-on for your cloud-based services. Cloudfuze can connect Google Drive, Dropbox, Box, SugarSync and even FTP together. With these services in sync, you can edit, rename, create folders, drag and drop between your desktop and the Cloudfuze file manager, and share their contents. One handy feature is that Cloudfuze allows you to selectively sync files and folders across your cloud services. Cloudfuze is free and available for Windows XP, 7, and Windows Server 2008.

5. GoodSync

GoodSync works as a file manager and allows you to not only sync computers and folders, but cloud services and folders in one, easy to use, interface. GoodSync can help you to backup: Windows shares, FTP, WebDAV, Amazon S3, SFTP, Google Drive, Windows Azure, Amazon Cloud Drive, SkyDrive, and WinMobile. You can copy/paste between accounts (though you cannot drag and drop). You can create as many connections as you like with GoodSync. The application runs on Windows, Mac, Linux, Android, and IOS. The app costs $29.95 for Windows, and $39.95 for all other platforms (including a portable Windows version).

Bottom line

Whether you are looking for a desktop app, a web-based app, or a mobile app, it is possible to more easily manage your various cloud-based storage services with the help of one of these tools. Each tool listed is either free or offers a free trial, so you can quickly find out which best meets your specific needs.

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19 comments
JuliaMak
JuliaMak

There is a new app odrive (www.odrive.com) that actually lets you combine all your cloud storage and apps into a single sync folder, so you essentially get a dropbox for everything. It supports Dropbox, Box, Google Drive, OneDrive, Salesforce, Gmail, Facebook and Instagram. 



steven andersen
steven andersen

i use Cloudbuckit from www.cloudbuckit.com
They support many storages and i really like the user interface and feautures!

Also they have some kind of transfer manager like FTP so you can easily see what's going on..


Besides the big ones (OneDrive, Google drive, Box, Sugarsync, Flickr, Dropbox, Instagram, Smugmug, Amason s3, FTP) - they also support Copy.com,Evernote and some chinese ones....


Anderson16
Anderson16

Nobody thought about Mega? 50 gb for free! Most of all clouds!

polsic
polsic

I found that a new cloud storage webside called copy is providing a really great service. They have a great desktop client app as well as mobile apps for iOs and Android. Also, 15 GB of storage space is free!

If you like to check it out, sing in and receive 20 GB (instead of standard 15 GB) you can use the referral link:

https://copy.com?r=wK6EjL

mail
mail

I'm not sure of the situation when this was written, but Cloudfuze is not free today; there's a 30-day free trial only.

Why use multiple clouds?  To try to integrate all the small-ish, free storage into a total that's more significant.  However, it's doubtful anyone doing this would pay the same amount for a third-party tool as they might pay for the larger storage in the first place.

freehugsx3
freehugsx3

I personally find skydrive really slow for uploads. Pretty much google drive/dropbox is the best for android apps like instagram etc. Some gadget guy on youtube introduced me to Copy though, which is a bit like dropbox - but you get waay more space. https://copy.com?r=SzxSqa 15Gb + 5Gb free through that link. Pretty sweet, right? Referrals get you more - it's always best to have everything stored in one place so you don't need these tools.

NQ Legal
NQ Legal

If you are looking for a Free Cloud Storage account, We can recommend 'Copy'. You can click on the link below to gain an extra 5GB on top of the 15GB that you get when you open a free 'copy' account. Start now with an extra 5GB (that's 15GB cloud storage right now) by cutting and pasting the link to the 'Copy' site below into your web browser: https://copy.com/?r=2K2CBZ For promotion, 'Copy' has an incentive - As a bonus you also receive an extra 5GB whenever you refer someone else who opens up a 'copy' account. (you need to register for the free account and download the install package which is relatively unobtrusive and seems free of malware).

Jay_H
Jay_H

One critical feature that does not seem to be mentioned is transparent locally controlled encryption before transmission to the cloud. This would be a great improvement over leaving privacy to the cloud providers.

briesmith
briesmith

This article sort of begs the $64 question. Why have more than 1 cloud? Doesn't this defeat the whole object of cloud? What I want is a cloud product that a) works on all devices: PCs, Macs, Android, iOS and Windows Mobile; b) that doesn't require a sync folder/file duplication but syncs selected folders and files "where they are" and c) has a simple, reliable and secure UI so that it is always clear exactly what has been synced and what hasn't. So far, my experience with using the cloud has been nightmarish with folders and files disappearing and no single unified view of what folders/files are on what systems/devices. A table (row and column) view would be ideal with folders/files down the left and devices across the top with ticks (that expanded into timestamps, sizes, initiators/authors details when hovered over). That's what I would call a cloud solution.

JALUK
JALUK

StorageMadeeasy.com - supports more Clouds than any one else and has cloud to cloud backup amongst other things such as Protocol adaptors that let you get into your cloud using FTP, S3, or WebDav. Also supports all mobiles and all desktop OS's including native Drive integrations. Gladinet - Like Storage Made Easy, feature reach. Originally focusing on the Windows Platform, and now evolving to more platforms with native mobile tools for iOS and Android. These two have been out the longest and should have made your list !

kateatkinsonvk
kateatkinsonvk

we have plenty of tools that can help us to store our cloud data and the cloud storage management. it totally depends on us how can we use those tools to manage our cloud data in such a way that there is no problem takes place from the security part of that data

ahanse
ahanse

It is bad enough that we are prodded, pushed and cajoled to use the public cloud by all and sundry especially the device manufacturers. Now others want to add another variable to the mix, one that is less known than the original. To top it off they cost. Laziness and greed are playmates from the very start of things and what you are suggesting is we feed them a little more of ourselves. I, along with many other have trouble curbing the laziness in our lives so it will be inevitable that the concept you advocate will eventually permeate our lives. As a side issue it will be interesting to make a list of cloud providers that come and go, both consumer and business types to see how long they last and the types of damage the do to each user as they evolve or disappear over the next decade.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin

Do you have more than one cloud storage service? I know I do. Have you considered using one of these cloud storage management tools?

knechod
knechod

In one way, you have kind of answered your own question. There IS no "one-size-fits-all" solution, so use the service that makes sense where you are. Then let cloud synching do what IT'S good at. Another answer is user-preference. I work with groups that use Dropbox, while I prefer SkyDrive. I let them work where they want, and I use the tool I want. Works great. The service I use is CloudHQ.

ggarci73
ggarci73

what do you think about merged this king of apps with the main social networks? check it out. www.lockr.co

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