vs. CloudFuze: A Better Alternative for Business Migrations vs. CloudFuze

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.

Basic or Feature-rich tool

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

4. Security

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.

5. Support

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.

6. Pricing

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.