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CloudHQ Review And Comparison

As we move into a world with massive, portable computing power, having large-scale remote access can cause more issues with an on-site physical server than it solves. The Cloud, or more specifically, one primary cloud solution, like cloudHQ, is often the answer to this technological challenge. When computers first took the business world by storm, the biggest problem companies faced was having a centralized storage structure that allowed all employees to access the data they needed. On-site servers solved much of that problem, allowing employees access to shared drives, but these servers can be costly to acquire, set-up, and maintain, especially for medium-to-small businesses. Such operations do not have a dedicated IT team or other resources to meet off-site backup challenges necessary to ensure data integrity.  

 

Imagine your marketing manager trying to compile a report to determine your company’s return on investment (ROI) for the marketing dollars you have spent to keep current customers returning. The catch: She needs to simultaneously chart the response of prospects to your current advertising campaigns. Both activities are crucial for determining where to increase your marketing presence in the next year, and where a decrease may make sense.

Your marketing manager could spend the time logging into Google Suite, Ever Note, Basecamp, and Salesforce to get all the data they need to complete the report, or they could log into cloudHQ to get all the information in one location. Which sounds more productive to you?

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cloudHQ

cloudHQ

cloudHQ provides a free option for individuals that limits functionality tremendously.

Carbonite

This is Carbonite’s main function and the only service they provide, so while you can access your files remotely if you need to, it’s not as conducive a service to workplace portability and collaboration as cloudHQ.

CloudFuze

CloudFuze

CloudHQ’s closest competitor in the cloud-based collaborative market is CloudFuze.

Zoolz

Zoolz

Zoolz sets itself apart from these other options by being set up mostly for personal and home use, but its "Heavy" plan could easily be geared to suit a small business, especially one just starting out.

What Is cloudHQ?

The Amazon Cloud Cam is a small, standalone, indoor WiFi security camera for home monitoring that works with an assortment of Alexa devices including Echo Show and Echo Spot. It is easy to set up and can stream 1080p HD video to your phone, tablet, or computer. With an Amazon subscription, it can send you notifications when motion and/or loud noises are detected. Its always-ready motion-detection feature helps to capture activities right from the beginning. We can view live streams, replay motion alert clips, and know when Cloud Cam detects activity.

The Cloud Cam allows you to watch, download, and share the last 24 hours of clips for free. The Amazon Cloud Cam will detect changes in light and switch to night mode automatically. We can also turn off the night vision LEDs manually via the Cloud Cam app. Cloud Cam’s motion detection technology provides customizable notifications.  

The Amazon Cloud Cam is a small, standalone, indoor WiFi security camera for home monitoring that works with an assortment of Alexa devices including Echo Show and Echo Spot. It is easy to set up and can stream 1080p HD video to your phone, tablet, or computer. With an Amazon subscription, it can send you notifications when motion and/or loud noises are detected. Its always-ready motion-detection feature helps to capture activities right from the beginning. We can view live streams, replay motion alert clips, and know when Cloud Cam detects activity.

The Cloud Cam

The Cloud Cam allows you to watch, download, and share the last 24 hours of clips for free. The Amazon Cloud Cam will detect changes in light and switch to night mode automatically. We can also turn off the night vision LEDs manually via the Cloud Cam app. Cloud Cam’s motion detection technology provides customizable notifications.  

CloudHQ is a primary, comprehensive Cloud application that can provide access to all your project data and make it available to all the people who need that data. It also allows easy collaboration for teams working on one project together. The suite syncs all of your company’s data into one system in real time, and it works with multiple business applications. No matter what platforms your company and employees prefer to use, they can all be supported within the cloudHQ system.

Product Specs  

CloudHQ goes beyond a comprehensive cloud application. What truly sets cloudHQ apart is the number of additional features that are included with the application, such as:

  • Free email tracker
  • Gmail label and email sharing
  • A meeting scheduler for Gmail
  • Save emails to PDF
  • Sync Salesforce contacts to Gmail contacts
  • Free video email for Gmail

For companies that are also using Google Suite, cloudHQ is a powerful tool that will not only increase productivity but also provides tremendous value in sales and marketing to clients. One excellent application for improved data access is to improve follow-through when handling customer service issues.

Pricing  

CloudHQ starts at around $10 per month for a single-user premium license if you purchase an annual plan. That same license and service cost you around $20 per month on a month-to-month basis.

How It Compares

We picked a few similar products available on the market to see how they compare to cloudHQ.

cloudHQ

cloudHQ

Price - $$

While cloudHQ provides a free option for individuals that limits functionality tremendously. The minimum fee for a single user premium-level account is high at around $10 per month (if you make an annual payment) or $20 per month on a month-to-month basis. It also limits the applications that it connects to higher-end business and enterprise accounts.

Ease of use

Acting more like another application, instead of a true answer/alternative to a cloud-based system, cloudHQ focuses on synchronizing your data across a range of services. The service requires that you select another central provider as a primary location that all the other accounts will be paired to sync.

Features and Options

The additional features it offers are what set cloudHQ apart from its competitors. The only reason cloudHQ does not rank 5 stars for us, with regard to the features and options it offers, is its many options. Some, like the free email tracker, are only available to businesses and individuals that use Google Suite.

Flexibility

CloudHQ’s many features also add to its tremendous flexibility. From allowing you to send emails to text via SMS protocols to receiving a text message when someone opens an email you sent, you can keep track of your clients with a smartphone. The information you need is in the palm of your hand.

Value

Besides the tremendous features and options that are included with the service, cloudHQ provides a free trial period for 15 days. There is also an additional 30-day, money-back guarantee as another enticement to purchase this system.

PROS

  • Free for limited, individual use
  • Provides additional application functions
  • 256-bit encryption for secure data transactions
  • 30-day money-back guarantee
  • Trusted by major corporations

CONS

  • High cost for the value provided
  • Confusing to use
  • Some add-on features only available with Google Suite

Carbonite

Carbonite

When you think of using the Cloud, one of the main reasons may be to ensure an off-site back-up of files in case disaster strikes your computer or server. This is Carbonite’s main function and the only service they provide, so while you can access your files remotely if you need to, it’s not as conducive a service to workplace portability and collaboration as cloudHQ.

Price - $$

There are three different storage plans to choose from, ranging in price from around $6 per month to around $50 per month, billed annually. There is no month-to-month billing option available.

Ease of use

Carbonite really excels over cloudHQ in its ease of use. From its friendly installation wizard for inexperienced or standard users to a user-friendly interface, Carbonite makes backing up your computer to prepare for disaster recovery a breeze, even for the layperson. Prime users also receive a courier service, where a physical hard drive copy is sent out via a courier in the event of a total failure, although this feature is not available for Mac users.

Features and Options

When it comes to security, Carbonite sets itself apart from cloudHQ by providing private encryption keys to the individual users, so it encrypts files before it backs them up to the Cloud. The smartphone app lets you see files at a glance via your mobile device, and you can easily do a check up on backups to make sure all your important data is available.


Unlimited backups and unlimited storage space, including automatic backup of mobile photos, also provides a strong incentive to choose Carbonite for its backup services. Unfortunately, the basic Carbonite plan does not automatically back up video files or files over 4 GB. Instead, each individual file must be manually set for backup.

Flexibility

While Carbonite provides tremendous features to ensure that your data is kept available to you no matter what happens, it doesn’t provide the functionality to access the data remotely or to collaborate easily while accessing it.

Value

Even with unlimited backups and the unlimited total storage space offered, this service is basic for a cloud storage service. The features that provide the most value are offered only to Windows-based users. This limits the customer base and prevents Mac users from considering the service for now.

PROS

  • Unlimited backups
  • Unlimited storage space available
  • Easy-to-use interface
  • Easy setup

CONS

  • No month-to-month plans available
  • No free personal plan available
  • 256-bit encryption only available on the highest-priced plan
  • Slow backup speeds
  • Some Plus and Prime plan features are not available to Mac users

CloudFuze

CloudFuze

CloudHQ’s closest competitor in the cloud-based collaborative market is CloudFuze. Like cloudHQ, CloudFuze doesn’t store your data directly, but instead it gives you convenient access to all of your data across multiple resources, making it easier for your employees to access the critical data you want them to use.

Price - $$

Pricing for individual users runs from around $10 to around $35 on a month-to-month basis. It costs from $9 to around $30 a month for an annual plan. You must contact CloudFuze directly for custom quotes on plans for larger businesses.

Ease of use

An intuitive user interface allows for easy drag-and-drop file migration between Cloud services. With one login across multiple services, you don’t have to worry about logging in to several sites at once, overworking your computer. You don't have to remember several passwords for different systems!

It’s possible not only to organize all of your files easily in one location, including those you use constantly and have set as favorites but also to provide a full content search across the Cloud.

Features and Options

CloudFuze sets themselves apart from their competition with factors starting with their 24x7 customer support. They mean it: No matter your time zone and location in the world, if you’re experiencing a problem, they will be available to help you. The company also provide unlimited data transfers for business accounts, multi-user migration, integration with messaging and chat apps, and apps for iOS and Android smartphones.

Flexibility

There are many reasons an employee may not make it into the office, from business travel to personal emergencies. When that happens, the show must go on. CloudFuze gives employers the flexibility to work with employees to let them access what they need whenever they need to work remotely. In short, because CloudFuze is available as an app for mobile smartphones, answers and data are readily available.

Value

The only area in which CloudFuze disappointed us is undoubtedly its overall value. While it is easy to use, designed with a highly intuitive end-user interface, it is also a costly program, especially for individuals, when you consider that CloudFuze caps the amount of data you can transfer on the platform each month.

PROS

  • Unlimited storage space available to some organizational/business accounts
  • Easy to use
  • iOS and Android apps available

CONS

  • No free option for individual user accounts
  • Data transfer limits on individual user accounts

Zoolz

Zoolz

Zoolz sets itself apart from these other options by being set up mostly for personal and home use, but its "Heavy" plan could easily be geared to suit a small business, especially one just starting out.

Price - $

The most economical choice on our list, Zoolz offers a family plan for up to 1 TB of data storage for  5 users. The cost for that is around $4 a month, billed annually. A Heavy plan for up to 4 TB of data with 5 users costs around $9 a month, also billed annually.

Ease of use

Like other choices on our list, Zoolz provides an easy to use and intuitive user interface. You can set it up quickly and determine what files you want to back up to the Cloud.

Features and Options

With 256-bit encryption, Zoolz allows you to choose an internal encrypted password created by their system to secure your files. It also allows you to choose a password and encrypt your files on your own. The dashboard easily lets you back up your whole system, a specified folder or file, certain file types, or by the keywords in the files. Finally, it will set limits on the file sizes you want to back up and the date you back them up if you choose to go that way.

While Zoolz has wonderful options for the price, it does not allow you to collaborate easily with other users.

Flexibility

Zoolz allows you to access the files you choose to back up when you want or need to, but it does not provide a real-time sync of the files you want.

Value

While it does not provide robust features or options, for what it offers, Zoolz does provide tremendous peace of mind. It reliably backs up your data to a secure, reliable off-site location.

PROS

  • Price
  • Supports Windows and Mac users
  • 256-bit data encryption
  • Up to 10 file versions are kept indefinitely
  • iOS and Android apps available

CONS

  • Slow file delivery
  • Minimal data storage

Conclusion

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What cloudHQ lacks in intuitive design, it more than makes up for in impressive features. By allowing you to find out who is opening your emails, and who is not, it helps you easily keep track of prospects, customers, and any potential issues. The ability to sync contacts from Salesforce to Gmail, plus the ability to send an email via SMS text, elevate the programs you use to make them fit within an increasingly smartphone-based world.

Priced comparably with its competitors, cloudHQ is well worth the investment to increase marketing opportunities, sales communication, and customer resolution, as well as your team’s productivity.


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