Migrating data to Office 365 – your options

As CompanyNet’s migration subject matter expert Stuart McLaughlin explains, there are now more optiosn than ever for migrating your data to Office 365.

Migration to Office 365
Migrate to Office 365

Leveraging Office 365 Cloud Storage

For companies who are adopting Microsoft Office 365, one of the typical activities is to migrate their ‘on premise’ data from local file stores to the cloud.

Office 365 provides a large volume of storage as part of the subscription.  This is currently 1TB (as a minimum) for SharePoint Online in addition to licensed user’s OneDrive allocation.

Reducing the cost of ownership by removing file share infrastructure or additional cloud storage subscriptions is a key benefit.  Other benefits can be realised however, whether improving collaboration and secure sharing with third parties, or using the security and compliance features for information management and oversight.

Big improvements in Office 365 migration capabilities

We’ve covered cloud data migration previously, but what has changed recently are the options for achieving this within Office 365.

Third party software vendors have always provided solutions for data migration to Office 365. We have successfully used ShareGate’s Desktop migration tool for many customer migrations over the years, and there are other options which will work as well.

Microsoft solutions have previously been less effective – the SharePoint Migration Tool (SPMT) has always been free but was fiddly to configure and required a lot of manual monitoring to confirm success.

This strategy has changed, with Microsoft investing heavily in migration product development and acquisition in the last 12 months to provide migration capabilities for Office 365 customers without requiring additional license costs.

Migration as part of the SharePoint Admin Centre

The most visible sign of Microsoft’s migration is that Migration now has a dedicated section within the SharePoint Administration Centre, so it’s much easier to get started and see the options.

CompanyNet are experts in all aspects of Office 365. A Microsoft Gold Partner, we’re here to help you get more out of the platform. If you have questions about migration or any other aspect of Office 365, get in touch.

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