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Multicloud Synchronisation: Onecloud, Google Cloud and others

With Multcloud or Synology

How do you achieve multicloud synchronisation, i.e. the synchronisation between multiple clouds such as Onedrive, Google Drive and the other platforms that keep your precious files in the cloud? When these are spread across several incompatible services, this can quickly become mind-boggling. I discovered, somewhat by chance, a service (and even several) which allows you to synchronise your data across different cloud platforms (Google cloud, Onedrive, Dropbox, etc., and even iCloud) and that can help you save time. Not to mention the fact that it preserves your data, while avoiding spreading it across too many different spaces. This is the tool of the Friday that I suggest you try: Multcloud. 

Multicloud Synchronisation
With this multicloud synchronisation tool, syncing in the cloud is no longer a pain with Multcloud and Synology


You back up to the cloud, but what are your coworkers doing?

Who hasn’t complained about a client or colleague forcing you to use a different cloud storage space to the one you had chosen? Like it or lump it, customers are King: if they want to use Google Drive and you’re on Dropbox, you’ll have to use Google Drive and that’s that. If your files are on Onedrive and your client wants you to use Dropbox, you’ll have to change too.

And if your files are on Dropbox and your customers — or some of your client’s coworkers — can’t access them because of their firewall, you’ll have to use Microsoft’s system. You’ll have no choice.

Not only is this frustrating, these changes of storage location can also lead to mistakes and mishaps in back-up and archiving.

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Multicloud Synchronisation between Onedrive and Google drive: thanks to Multcloud, I was able to revive all my old photos from Google Drive and transfer them back into Flickr. OK, I know, caterpillars don’t live in the clouds, but it’s impressive all the same – photo by Yann Gourvennec antimuseum.com.

All consultants know that backing up and archiving one’s files is crucial. You absolutely have to find a way. There is synchronisation via a Raid server such as Synology, for example. They’re very powerful, but also very complex to set up. I have found a more user-friendly solution: Multcloud (for ‘Multicloud’ or ‘multiple clouds’).

When Multicloud Synchronisation is a headache

At Visionary Marketing, for a long time we used Dropbox, and we were fully satisfied, apart from the fact that Dropbox is not capable of letting users work collaboratively on the same file.

This minor inconvenience at the outset quickly became a major obstacle as collaborative working became more popular, firstly under the impetus of Google Drive, and then with the widespread use of Microsoft 365, the new name for Office 365. Now, working with several people in real time on the same file has become commonplace and mandatory. Change was inevitable, we had no choice.

For years, we have been combining Onedrive, Google Drive, iCloud, Synology and Dropbox without realising that we could finally combine the quality of storage and synchronisation of Dropbox, for example, with the quality and robustness of the Microsoft 365 service.

Multicloud Synchronisation: customers rule

That’s not all, though. Many customers can’t stand the idea of using a storage tool other than the one chosen by their IT department. The problem is that you end up with files all over the place, with less capacity to keep track of your work properly.

I am personally obsessed with double and triple back-ups. I’m keen on archiving our work properly. Just imagine how mad you would be without a back-up in the very likely event of a hard drive failure.

Synchronising and Archiving

It’s not just a figment of my imagination. Most of Web content writers’ worst nightmare isn’t that their data could be stolen — notwithstanding those who work on classified data, of course. Most of what we do is public (we write content that is published online, so it can be stolen from us, it is by nature available to everyone).

Hence, our main problem is never to lose our files. To achieve this, we use a system called Crashplan, which is installed on all our hard drives so that, whatever the consultant, the files we’ve been working on are automatically backed up with minute-by-minute archiving. This has saved our lives more than once when certain files have disappeared for unknown reasons.

Thanks to Multcloud, multicloud synchronisation between different cloud services becomes completely transparent, though.

Customers’ rule, OK!

So you can easily satisfy a customer who absolutely wants to keep his files on Google Drive and continue to work in peace on Onedrive if that’s what you want. Or comply with your customer’s wishes and work on the service of their choice while keeping a synchronised copy on your own cloud space.

The service is very easy to use, and is even free with limitations. There is a paid version that lifts such restrictions. But you can easily test the service, even without opening an account. The onboarding system itself is absolutely fantastic, as it allows you to try out Multcloud without committing yourself or even giving your e-mail address.

Here are just a few steps to create your account and get it up and running.

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Multicloud synchronisation between Onedrive and Google drive? Yes, you can!

Step 1: Create your account. I advise you to try the service with the “experience without signing up” option.

Synchronize

Step 2: Select the cloud services for multicolour synchronisation or transfer

Multicloud Synchronisation

Step 3: Create a sync task. This allows you to synchronise only part of one cloud drive with another. You can also decide to synchronise manually or at regular intervals, or both.

Multcloud

Step 4: monitor your transfer. Here, I’ve transferred my photos from Google Photos, which I no longer use, to Flickr. A task long put off and now made possible thanks to Multcloud at the click of a button.

Multicloud Synchronisation: iCloud Joins the Club

Since I discovered this service two years ago, many new clouds have been added. Now, you can back up iCloud to another cloud. Beyond that, you’ll be able to archive your iCloud data, which iCloud doesn’t allow.

Decent rates and even free up to 5 GB

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Multicloud synchronisation between Google drive and Onedrive doesn’t have to be a rip-off and will even be free below 5 GB per month

Other solutions exist. One day we’ll come back to our rather sophisticated system for protecting our data from being lost and for archiving it so that we can find the different versions of the files in use.

NAS Network drives (Network Access Storage)

We particularly recommend Synology, which lets you synchronise your files from your Mac or PC, but that’s not all. Synology also allows you to synchronise between different NAS (network drives), which are themselves redundant (RAID). A few weeks ago, one of the 2 disks in one of our Synology NAS units popped off after 10 years of loyal service. Something like 50,000 hours of uninterrupted operation! And unluckily, our 2 TO external drive, probably just as old, pegged out on the very same day!

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Multiclous Synchronisation between Google Drive, iCloud and others with Synology and much more.

But we didn’t freak out. We merely bought a new disk, put it back in the unit, and all ended well with our data. It all showed in the same place, as if nothing had happened. Meanwhile, our office Synology unit, several miles away, had taken over and included a back-up copy of our 25,000 photographs in RAW format (at least 500 GB of data).

Synology also has a free cloud-to-cloud back-up application called Hyperbackup and a cloud back-up service for NAS data called C2.

We’ll soon be describing our back-up and archiving system, a fairly economical and very effective system that has enabled us to recover our data several times without loss. We’ll also include a description of Synology’s features.

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Yann Gourvennec created visionarymarketing.com in 1996. He is a speaker and author of 6 books. In 2014 he went from intrapreneur to entrepreneur, when he created his digital marketing agency. ———————————————————— Yann Gourvennec a créé visionarymarketing.com en 1996. Il est conférencier et auteur de 6 livres. En 2014, il est passé d'intrapreneur à entrepreneur en créant son agence de marketing numérique. More »

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