CloudHQ: Synchronize Multiple Cloud Storage Services

Not too long ago, Dropbox was the only commonly known name when it came to storing your data on the cloud. The brilliant folder design of the service help (and still helps) people start using it from the get go without any significant difficulties. But there were a few holes in the services – some room for improvement, as there is with everything (at least everything technological). And now, we’ve got dozens of cloud storage services, some old, some new, to fill the gaps left by Dropbox.

The problem now is, you’re often left wondering what cloud storage service you stored your files in, especially if you’ve signed up to many of them to take advantage of all the free storage. If you ever decide to consolidate it all down to just one cloud service, you’ll have quite the frustrating time trying to get everything downloaded and reuploaded.

That’s where CloudHQ comes in. It’s the service you need to keep all of your cloud storage services synced.

Introduction

CloudHQ is an excellent web service that provides internet users with the very useful feature of synchronizing data across multiple cloud services. Amongst the cloud storage sites that CloudHQ supports, there is Google Drive, Dropbox, SugarSync, Evernote, SkyDrive, Box, Basecamp, Gmail, and SalesForce. You can sign up for an account on CloudHQ and then begin connecting the web services that you want synchronized.

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Features and Usage

To create an account on the site, you must start by connecting a service to it. All this step involves is dragging a service in the required region and providing CloudHQ with the necessary authorizations. While adding two accounts, you can specify whether to carry out a two-way synchronization or a one-way synchronization. The former means that the web app will match files between both connected services and fill in the missing gaps whereas the latter means that the gaps will be determined by the files in only one of the services. With your accounts connected, you are able to quickly view the used space and total storage capacity of the account – a quick guide that helps determine whether or not a cleanup is required.

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In addition to automatic syncing, the site features a very clean navigation interface that allows users to view all of their files in any one of the connected accounts. The leftmost pane of the interface lets you select the account and the right pane loads up the files it contains. The files that appear in the right pane come with checkboxes alongside them. This enables you to select any file that you want. Files that you have selected can be operated on, according to your choice, in a variety of ways.

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For example, in addition to simply viewing / downloading a file, you can view its information. This information lists the file’s modification date, whether or not sharing is enabled on it, the type of the file, and the exact number of times that the file was shared.

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Another operation that can be performed on the files you select is Copy. This feature can be dubbed “manual synchronization” as it lets you copy files from one web service to another. All you have to is mark the checkboxes against the files that you need to copy, and then click on the Copy To button that appears on the page. The resulting interface will ask you to specify the copying destination of the file. The destination can be chosen as another cloud service account that you have created or another location in the same service where the files are originally present.

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Pricing

CloudHQ offers users with a 15-day trial for Personal and Premium plans. Personal plan supports 1 account connection for most of the services that are mentioned above e.g. Google Drive, Dropbox, etc. A browser extension is also offered by the free package. After the trial period, you must pay for the service depending on your plan which starts from $9.90 per month (or $99 per year). The premium plan features multiple account connections, support for more services, managing multiple users to facilitate collaborative efforts, and integration with Google Apps Admin.

Verdict

If you have accounts on multiple cloud storage services, would it not be convenient to simply have the files in your Google Drivel storage automatically synchronized in your Dropbox account for better accessibility and organization? Having it all done automatically for you is certainly something that will attract a lot of computer users. Regardless of what computing platform you use, this web service will suit anybody who uses multiple cloud websites. Take CloudHQ out for a test drive – you will not be disappointed.


Summary

A simple tool to help users synchronize data across multiple services

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  • Use it for years and simple love it. I sync all data from DB, Drive and Evernote in one way to my 50GB Box data archive to keep others tight as possible.