The ability to save so much data in the cloud has proven remarkably useful for consumers and businesses alike. You can save your documents and pictures with your cloud storage provider of choice, accessing those files through your computer, on your smartphone or on your tablet, as long as you have a connection to the Internet.
But what happens when your data is spread out among multiple providers? You could open up separate apps and separate browser windows, but that’s hardly the most convenient or most integrated solution. In addition to the various alternatives to cloud storage you might consider, another possibility is to take advantage of a cloud storage management solution. These tools let you access multiple clouds at the same time in a much more seamless and unified environment.
One of the more common reasons why people may have data spread out across multiple cloud drives is that they want to take advantage of the free capacity offered at each service. With MultCloud, you can effectively combine all that free storage into a single, unified cloud space and use it all together. There’s a cloud file manager, working not unlike Windows Explorer, plus the ability to easily transfer files between multiple storage services.
Among the cloud services supported by MultCloud are Dropbox, Box, Amazon S3 and SugarSync. The free account limits you to 10TB of data traffic, while the $4.99/month plan unlocks unlimited traffic, scheduled file transfers and file transfer filter.
Available in the form of a cloud desktop, as an iOS app, or as an Android app, ZeroPC makes it easy for you to manage your personal cloud, securely accessing all of your files, pictures and documents from such services as Google Drive and Amazon Cloud Drive, as well as social media accounts like Flickr, Instagram and Twitter. The mobile app allows you to search for content across all your cloud services and you are provided with a total of up to 100GB combined free storage space too.
The free plan limits you to 1GB of monthly bandwidth and maximum file size uploads of 25MB. The $2.99/month Basic Plan and $9.99/month Pro plan increase these limits and unlock additional features like password protected sharing and unlimited quick share.
One of the more useful features of CloudFuze is that you are provided with a Clouds Manager for a global view of all your files across all the services you use. With support for Google Drive, Box, OneDrive and more, CloudFuze also provides single login access. This means you can sync multiple accounts. The unified search function is similarly very helpful, as is the ability to sort your files based on name, size, added date, service and so on.
After the 10 day free trial, the basic plan for CloudFuze is $4.99/month (or $49/year billed annually). This includes unlimited accounts with each provider and unlimited devices.
As useful as desktop apps and browser-based solutions might be, the biggest challenge when dealing with all your cloud storage likely comes about on your mobile device. Otixo should make your life a fair bit more manageable, as you can organize and share your files across multiple clouds from the convenience of your iOS, Android or Windows Phone device. Through a single login, you can take advantage of AES256 encryption, document and image previews, WebDAV for local cloud access, and transfer files with a simple drag-and-drop.
Support is extensive too, ranging from Dropbox and Google Drive to Yandex, Evernote, Copy, Cubby and CloudMe.
Offering a clean and approachable interface for Android users, the free Unclouded app from the Google Play Store is designed not only to let you manage your files across multiple cloud storage services (and multiple accounts within each service), but also to make it easy for you to manage your storage capacity. See which files and folders are taking up the most space, recognize what file category (like images or videos) are taking up the most space, and search for duplicate files across service
The app itself is free and lets you analyze your disk usage, but you will need to pay for the premium version to actually interact with your files, like moving, sharing and deleting.
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