Microsoft snags Mover to speed up cloud file migration to Microsoft 365

Microsoft has bought Mover to speed up customers' file migrations to Microsoft 365. (Pixabay)

Microsoft announced on Monday it has bought privately held Mover to make it easier for its customers to migrate files to Microsoft 365.

Mover gives Microsoft customers another avenue to move their workloads, including admin-led and self-service offerings, to the cloud, according to a blog by Microsoft's Jeff Teper, corporate vice president for Office, SharePoint and OneDrive.

"Today, we offer several options to support cloud file migrations, including FastTrack and offerings from trusted Microsoft partners, as well as the SharePoint Migration Tool for migrating content from on-premises SharePoint sites and file shares to Microsoft 365," Teper said. "Mover will enhance these offerings with proven tools, plus more self-service options over time."

Mover supports migration from more than a dozen cloud service providers, including Box, Dropbox, Egnyte and Google Drive, into OneDrive and SharePoint, which enables file collaboration across Microsoft 365 applications and services such as the Office apps and Microsoft Teams.

The deal—financial terms weren't disclosed—for Mover followed on the heels of Microsoft's September acquisition of cloud migration startup Movere. At the time of that deal, Microsoft said it would use Movere to help customers migrate their existing applications and infrastructure to Azure. Terms of that transaction were also not disclosed.

The deal for Mover was Microsoft's 12th of 2019. In addition to Movere last month, Microsoft bought Blue Talon in July and jClarity in August.

“Security, file fidelity, and transfer accuracy are core tenets of our company and we take pride in our reputation,” Mover co-founder and CEO Eric Warnke wrote in a blog post. “Moving forward, we’ll bring our deep expertise and migration technology to serve Microsoft customers. This acquisition will ensure that customers making the move to Microsoft 365 have a seamless and cost effective experience.”

With Mover, Microsoft is further leveraging its Office 365 portfolio across its large base of commercial customers as it takes on Google and Amazon Web Services.

Edmonton, Canada-based Mover was founded in 2012 and currently has about 70 employees, according to its LinkedIn profile.

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During its fiscal fourth-quarter earnings report in July, Microsoft reported revenue of $33.72 billion, an increase of 12% compared to the same quarter the previous year. Microsoft's cloud business includes Azure as well as cloud-based versions of Microsoft’s Office suite of software. Microsoft said Azure revenue grew 64% in the fourth quarter compared to the same quarter a year ago.

On the earnings call, Microsoft CFO Amy Hood said Azure and the newer focus of cloud-based subscriptions to Microsoft Office were complementing each other as customers embark on their digital transformations.

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Also on the cloud front, Microsoft has also been active closing deals this year with AT&T, Reliance Jio and SK Telecom as well as forming a partnership with Sony for cloud-based gaming and AI solutions.