Top 7 methods to move to cloud storage

Moving to or between clouds can be a stressful and time consuming task. Traditional means involve downloading information to only re-upload it again, or the process involves jumping through hoops to get your data where you want it.

Using Couchdrop and MoveBot as your cloud partner, transferring files to and between clouds can be done through multiple methods or protocols. These range from SFTP to SMB and can make your cloud migrations, server backups and replications easier whether this be a traditional file server or your IoT infrastructure.

Moving files between clouds or to clouds from traditional infrastructure


Secure File Transfer Protocol (also known as SSH File Transfer Protocol) is a secure means to push or get data to and from client systems, servers and other appliances that support SFTP. SFTP is a well proven and used protocol throughout information technology and is often found within applications to backup to a remote server in a secure manner. Integrating your SFTP with the likes of Couchdrop can offer you the ability to use SFTP with your desired cloud storage provider (Wasabi, AWS S3, Azure, etc.)


File Transfer Protocol is a means to push or get data to and from client systems, servers and other appliances that support FTP. FTP is legacy, unsecure and has been depreciated in a lot of systems. However, many still support this functionality and thus Couchdrop supports this protocol, to ensure you can still get those legacy systems to the cloud.


Secure Copy Protocol can help you quickly push and pull data to and from a storage endpoint. Commonly used in Linux devices (networking and servers), this protocol is secure, fast and simple to use. This is a great protocol to use for automation or for quickly moving files or folders between two endpoints.


Rsync is a great complex tool with many options from transferring files to what it is best known for, synchronizing between two endpoints. Rsync can be secured with a simple option and run over an SSH tunnel much like SCP and SFTP. Rsync could be seen as a great tool for Linux users and a way to transfer files to and from cloud storage such as Dropbox, Box, OneDrive, etc. Combining Rsync and Couchdrop, you can modernize and cloud enable your Rsync.


Server Message Block and Common Internet File System are both file sharing protocols used to move and transfer files within a LAN or WAN. Common among Windows systems these protocols are enhanced with Couchdrop to enable either a means to migrate, backup to cloud storage or as a means to attach any cloud storage provider as a network drive or network attached storage to your infrastructure.

An additional feature that Couchdrop offers with SMB/CIFS is it can be secured over an SSH tunnel ensuring your data in transit is secured, but also it means that you do not have to open up ports or your devices to the internet.


Network File System can be used to store and update files on a remote location. It is simple and well supported across IT infrastructure. Combining this with cloud storage, you now have a NFS server on steroids where your endpoint can be scaled to meet your needs without needing to manage your underlying hardware. To enhance your NFS with the cloud, see how Couchdrop can help you.


MoveBot is the number one Cloud Storage migration tool out there. It’s overall advantage is that it is completely in-flight migration saving you time as other tools force you to download your data first, and then upload it to your new endpoint. Not only does Move support SFTP, SMB and the other protocols mentioned above, but it also supports cloud to cloud. Need to migrate from GoogleDrive to OneDrive? No problem!

Other advantages include email notifications and alerting, delta/partial tasks and scheduled jobs. These additional features can turn your migration tool into a recurring backup or cloud replication tool ensuring your data is always up to date across all your infrastructure.