With the recent boom in Cloud-related services, many people are starting to think that the Cloud could just dominate the World very soon, and they might be right. Services like Dropbox or Google Drive are getting more and more popular, while people start to gain trust in this “storing files remotely” thing.
In order to take advantage of the free hosting space provided by the service provider, many of us have to sign up for different Cloud services (or different accounts of the same service), which may be complicated to manage. Luckily, there are several sites that allow you to access multiple Cloud services in one place. Let’s meet some of the best around.
Jolicloud 2, former Jolicloud and Jolidrive, is the name of a French company specialized in Cloud services. Other than launching its own Operating System, Joli OS, they now provide an online platform for content management, entirely free to use. They recently launched Jolicloud 2, an improvement over the old service which now aims to become the best replacement for iGoogle.
Even though it is still in Beta, Jolicloud 2 is fully functional and one of its new features is the splitting of the interface in two: “Home” and “Drive”. With Home, you can view and access all your content (from various cloud services) in one place. With Drive, you can access each individual storage service.
One of the limitation of Jolicloud is that you will have to share Jolicloud with your social network to unlock some of the storage services. This is just a way for Jolicloud to market itself, but it can be a setback for those of you who are not socially active.
MultCloud is a free web application to manage your Cloud storage accounts. It supports Dropbox, Google Drive, Box.net, SkyDrive, Amazon Cloud Drive and SugarSync and, even if you have more than one account with the same service, you can add them to MultiCloud (even though there are limitations in the number of accounts). In fact, one of the greatest features provided by MultCloud is the ability to “merge” the space available in different accounts as if it was a single one. For example, if you have two Dropbox accounts with 5GB storage space, MultCloud helps you to use the total 10GB effectively.
Other interesting feature provided by this app is the possibility to transfer files between accounts in two ways, even if that transfer is made to a different service. We have covered this app in greater detail, make sure to take a look.
CloudKafé is yet another free web app for Cloud services management, but it stands out mainly for two factors: the design and the giant list of supported services. In fact, CloudKafé is beautifully well designed, with a darkened interface and pretty simple lines.
The range of supported services is really big, with a total of 18 services available right now. Other than the ones already mentioned for other apps, CloudKafé works with Facebook, YouTube, Yandex Disk, Evernote, Flickr, Picasa, SmugMug, Instagram, Vimeo, Yahoo, Linkedin, Google and Springpad.
I shall not go into details as we have previously reviewed CloudKafé here.
Bonus: ES File Explorer File Manager
The three apps mentioned before were all web apps, which can be accessed with a browser. But there are several mobile applications with the same purpose: one of them is ES File Explorer File Manager. This app, developed for Android systems, is available for free in the Google Play store.
Truthfully, this app is designed to be a (local) File Manager, but it does have an enhanced Cloud storage client. Currently, it supports eight services: Dropbox, Google Drive, SkyDrive, Box, SugarSync, Amazon Cloud Drive and Yandex Disk. Its interface is well designed to be used with touch screens, as one would expect, and the app is well linked with the devices, since it is possible to automatically backup files from the Gallery to one of the services chosen by the user.
There are several applications for managing different Cloud hosting services, which are a precious resource if you do have accounts in more than one service. They are mostly similar to each other, so in the end, it all comes up to the personal preference or taking the one that best suits your specific needs or services. The best way to know which one to choose is to try them all – given that they are free, it can’t hurt. In general, they also provide the same functions, like online file preview, file sharing and search.
Do you use any of the apps listed in this article or prefer others that did not made it here? Let us know in the comments.