For businesses and enterprises, manually moving terabytes/petabytes of data from source to destination cloud is out of scope. It is time-consuming and cannot migrate metadata and other features.
And when choosing a SharePoint Online and OneDrive migration tool for migrating to Microsoft 365, businesses of all sizes have two options: either go for Microsoft’s free built-in tool, Mover, or a third-party tool like CloudFuze.
As an IT admin or a decision-maker in your company, would you go for the free Microsoft migration tool or use a paid tool like CloudFuze?
This post discusses the differences between Mover and CloudFuze to help you make the right decision.
1. Migration Features (For Migrations Into Microsoft 365)
Since Mover is a free SharePoint/OneDrive migration tool and CloudFuze a paid one, they differ a lot in terms of migration features.
As a free migration tool from Microsoft, Mover is limited to migrations only into the Microsoft 365 suite. CloudFuze, on the contrary, supports migrations between (to and from) 40+ clouds.
Also, being a free Microsoft 365 migration tool, Mover does not support Slack to Teams migration which CloudFuze does.
Note: This chart compares features for migrations into Microsoft 365 (migrating from source cloud to Microsoft 365).
|Migration Features ||Mover ||CloudFuze |
|Individual file size migration ||Limited to 15 GB ||No limitations |
|Folder permissions ||Yes ||Yes |
|User permissions swaps ||No ||Yes |
|Created timestamp ||Yes, for Box, Google Workspace, & MS 365. |
No, for Dropbox & Egnyte
|Yes, for all the supported source clouds |
|Modified timestamp ||Depends on the source cloud selected ||Yes, for all the supported source clouds |
|Special characters unsupported in Microsoft 365 ||Remove ||Replace with (_) or (-) |
|400 characters path length limit in Microsoft 365 ||Skip and report in log files ||Trim to 350 characters, create “LongFileName” folder, & dump remaining data on it |
|Unsupported files and folder names in OneDrive ||N/A ||Rename restricted names by adding (_) and migrate |
|SharePoint Online Groups permissions ||No ||Yes |
|0-byte files migration ||No ||Yes |
|Convert Box Notes & Dropbox Paper to .DOCX ||Yes, for Box Notes |
No, for Dropbox Paper
|Yes, for all the supported source clouds |
|External shares ||No ||Yes |
|Incremental/delta migration ||Yes ||Yes |
With basic metadata migration capabilities, all free Microsoft 365 migration tools, including Mover, aren’t suitable for large-scale and complex business data migrations where metadata, user account hierarchy, and folder structure retention is the core requirement.
2. Scalability for Custom Requirements
In real-world scenarios, many businesses migrating to Microsoft 365 have specific custom needs that put the scalability of the SharePoint Online/OneDrive migration tool to test.
As an independently operated cloud data migration tool, CloudFuze has the flexibility to make custom changes to its migration engine to meet even the most complex custom migration needs.
E.g., CloudFuze can be deployed in a client’s data center or cloud for maximum data security.
|Custom requirements ||Mover ||CloudFuze |
|Standalone deployment for enabling private data center migration environment ||N/A ||Yes |
|Support for Microsoft Teams ||Yes ||Yes |
|Altering/re-writing codes to resolve data & permissions accidentally going into conflict ||N/A ||Yes |
|Migrating to Modern or Classic SharePoint Online Sites ||Both are supported ||Both are supported |
|Running the migration on a dedicated SaaS server ||N/A ||Yes |
|Adding a custom requirement while migration is in progress ||N/A ||Not recommended, but possible |
|Looking at past migration scenarios ||N/A ||Yes |
Since Mover operates within Microsoft’s SOW, it does not have the flexibility to cater to specific custom needs as CloudFuze does. And other free migration tools simply do not have the resources and technology for fulfilling custom requirements.
3. Migration Speed
Migration speed matters. In fact, migration speed matters a lot to businesses that need to migrate their source cloud data to Microsoft 365 within a short deadline.
But whether it is Mover, CloudFuze, or any other migration tool, migration speed is not a constant. Here are some of the factors that influence the overall migration speed of any migration project:
- Number of user accounts to be migrated
- Overall size of the data to be migrated
- Number of folders and files to be migrated
- Data transfer encryption chosen
- Resolution of the number of files and folder names and paths
- The number of times transfer rate throttling occurs
Every single bit of company data is valuable and making even the slightest data security compromise is out of the question.
Here’s how security features of Microsoft migration tool, Mover, and CloudFuze stack up against each other.
|Security parameters ||Mover ||CloudFuze |
|Encryption ||AES-256 ||RSA-2048 |
|Authentication ||OAuth ||OAuth |
|Data access ||Microsoft-managed APIs ||REST API |
|Direct password/key collection ||256-bit AES ||RSA-2048 bits |
|Server ||Microsoft servers (fixed) ||CenturyLink servers (customizable) |
Learn more about CloudFuze’s security here.
Mover offers a basic level of support compared to CloudFuze’s enterprise-grade support with IT project management and assistance.
With a managed migration service from a migration platform like CloudFuze, businesses of all sizes, especially enterprises, can save valuable time by not getting involved in every migration planning and execution step.
Businesses also get extended support from CloudFuze.
E.g., CloudFuze can help you connect with one of our past clients (having the same migration clouds as yours) through customer reference calls.
As discussed above, Mover is Microsoft’s free migration tool, whereas CloudFuze is a standalone, paid migration platform.
CloudFuze does not have a fixed-rate pricing model as every business migration is different in terms of the number of user accounts to migrate, the size of data to move, and the specifics of migration requirements.
Our migration team can quickly get back to you with tailored pricing by looking at your company’s migration needs. Request us a pricing quote.