Many companies are now choosing to make the move from on-premises storage to cloud-based platforms to house data, as they offer both lower energy costs and improved scalability. As a result, IT pros and others managing migration are always seeking a more efficient set of tools that allow this process to be as seamless as possible and, with this in mind, Microsoft focuses on acquiring technology firms that can provide dependable tools for migration.
Cloud customers often opt for Microsoft services such as Azure and Microsoft 365 to either replace or bolster their set-up on-premises. This is reflected in the US corporation’s cloud earnings which have tripled in the last few years showing revenue of $38 billion in 2019’s financial year, but this growth can only be maintained if Microsoft can continually beat its competitors with cutting-edge tools.
Acquisition of a new migration toolkit
Microsoft recently announced its acquisition of the company Mover.io to enhance its cloud migration services. Mover.io offers a self-service tool for cloud migration able to support a broad spectrum of cloud-based service providers such as Google Drive, Dropbox and Box among others. Another connector allows SharePoint configurations on-premises to move to SharePoint Online.
In August this year, Mover.io came on Microsoft’s radar when they released a case study of how they can facilitate a smooth migration. The study detailed a company with 1,600 employees migrating from Box over to Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business. The massive migration which involved seven terabytes-worth of data was managed without any disruption.
This capability of the company will be made available to customers of Microsoft via Mover.io’s website. Microsoft will release a full list of benefits from the new option at the Ignite Conference coming to Orlando in November.
A firm focus on cloud migration
Mover.io is not the only company specialising in cloud migration that Microsoft has obtained recently. In September, Microsoft purchased Movere, a firm that was a Gold Certified Partner for eleven years working alongside Microsoft aiding cloud migrations.
While Microsoft already possesses a host of migration tools such as Fast Track, the SharePoint Migration Tool and the Azure Migration Program, acquiring two companies specialising in cloud migration shows a focus in this field. Adding these two cloud migration companies to its list of services can only add to the high level of support Microsoft is able to offer customers from its reliable resources. Long a protagonist of a computing experience that has a cloud-first focus, Microsoft’s moves suggest its aim is to move both end users and enterprise clients to a full suite of services under one roof.
If you’re using collaborative technology from Microsoft at your company and would like advice or support, you can trust our technical team with all your needs. As experts in Microsoft technology like O365 and SharePoint we’re ideally placed to assist you. If you have questions about making your own migration to the cloud from on-premises storage solutions, don’t hesitate to contact WM Reply, we’ll be happy to help.