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Five best of breed cloud sync apps

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This gallery is also available as a post in the Five Apps Blog.

The cloud is the limit - at least for the moment. Along with the cloud comes the ability to sync your data between desktops. This service allows a much more seamless flow of work between home and business, home computers, desktops, and mobiles, and much more. But no matter what you're syncing, it all starts with the desktop and the syncing app. Some of the apps, associated with cloud sync, are much better than others.

With so many cloud sync apps available, which should you be looking toward for your solution? I have rounded up those that I consider to be the best of breed. Some of these services are best suited for business and some for personal, but all can be used for either. Each offers something unique as well as upgrade plans to give you as much sync space as you need.

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9 comments
dbaps
dbaps

smestorage (now storage made easy) is the best cloud sync service I've found online.

neilcrfd
neilcrfd

Thanks for the replies about the Blog version being available. I have now read it, and IMHO it is so much easier to read. Just keep scrolling to read the whole thing! I missed the link to redirect from the Gallery, and I suspect I am not the only one (hence the gallery being more popular??) - didn't realise that Blog = text with pix; or List = text with pix. Appreciated the content too, thanks. Cheers, Neil

john.arnold8
john.arnold8

I keep up to date on the site's articles on iPad and iPod touch from links in my email. The mobile app doesn't seem to get me to the links I follow and the gallery, although if interest is hard to navigate. Having said that, the site's articles and blogs etc are interesting and useful enough for me to persevere so thanks Tech Republic just the same.

supergeek.tech
supergeek.tech

I like the concept behind these types of apps, however in practice I have found that they are less than ideal for an enterprise environment. If you have 1 or 2 people syncing "normal" data across your shared pipe it's not bad, however when have a group of 30 or 40 people or maybe a few that decided to put their movie collection online to sync it becomes a real drain on your resources. Because of this we block these types of applications as quickly as we can (you would be amazed at how many variations pop up every week) and try to rely on corporate products that allow us to control bandwidth and system resources utilization.

neilcrfd
neilcrfd

I am sorry, but whoever thought a good way to present an article like this was by fragmenting it into different screens that you have to scroll back up through to get to the "next" button, and then wait for the next screen to appear, was wrong, wrong, wrong. I got tired by frame 6. Also, why am I reading this article? To get the writer's (hopefully) educated take on the various offerings. Screenshots of the actual dashboards are secondary, and should be available as a link from the text.

Mark W. Kaelin
Mark W. Kaelin moderator

There are always two version of the 5 Apps articles - one is a gallery and one is a blog post. I put crosslinks in each and the newsletter always has a link to both. And just for the record - the gallery is always more popular than the blog post. Just because you don't like it doesn't mean no one likes it.

zazizou
zazizou

Agreed neil, it seems that this is the standard presentation template in Tech Republic. Made me skip lots of good articles..

drbobb1
drbobb1

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