Since we introduced it, Cloud to Cloud has been one of our most popular features. To prevent large volumes of files transfer from degrading the service for everyone, we have decided to introduce a few changes.
Cloud to Cloud means that you can actually copy a file from one service (eg Google Drive) to another (eg Dropbox) with a single drag and drop.
We take care of the download and re-upload and make sure the necessary format conversions have been properly done. Items are renamed to avoid conflicts on services that don't handle duplicates correctly. It has become a convenient feature to copy some files and small folders.
The Cloud to Cloud "engine" is being used in different ways in the platform. For example, when we do smart conversions to save a file in the storage of your choice.
- HTML articles are automatically saved as PDF
- Google documents and spreadsheet are converted to standard formats (.doc, .xls)
As we've increased the number of supported services, we have stuck to our philosophy: do a little but do it well. We have spotted several users who have decided to move massive amounts of files between services (despite our caution to use it for small files and folders).
By saturating the queue list, it created delays for everyone.
There's a reason we never recommended large volume of files :
Even if we make Cloud to Cloud look seamless, even if we take a great deal of precautions to make sure each file is correctly copied, cloud storage has many limitations, including API downtime, file corruptions, and limits on upload. For example, Box doesn't allow uploading files above 250MB on their free plan.
We have learned to deal with their limitations. But in order to create the perfect service that is reliable and fluid to everyone, we have decided to limit each transfer to 5GB. Each cloud to cloud will be analyzed before being sent. This will prevent the saturation of the service and provide the best Cloud to Cloud experience and file conversion for your daily use.
We made this decision to make sure everyone has the best experience. We would love to hear back from you. Your opinions and feedback are really important to us.