Metalogix claims it can boost the speed of data migration to SharePoint Online about 3900 percent over the average speed just 18 months ago.

It's new Content Matrix product, which incorporates Microsoft's migration API, enables users to move 20GB of data or more in just an hour across all workloads. That's a significant improvement over historical migration speeds, which averaged only 0.5GB at the end of 2013.

Has Metalogix found the holy grail of Office 365 migrations?

Solving Migration Problems

To learn more, CMSWire talked to Tamir Orbach, director of product management for SharePoint Migration Products at Metalogix. He cited three ongoing problems with data migration to Office 365.

Location: The data is subject to the unpredictable speeds of WANs (Wide Area Networks) and the Internet.

Office 365 features: Microsoft has put systems in place to protect Office 365, which can slow down the process. This includes features to prevent domain name system (DNS) amplification attacks, which can resemble a large migration, and load balancing.

Content: Migration tools have to capture the information at the source and write it to the target, which takes time.

Because of these factors, even Microsoft found it difficult to migrate its largest customers to Office 365. To address the issue, Microsoft tasked its America’s Cloud Services, an incubation team, to evaluate migration options from various vendors.


The solution: Microsoft started working on the migration API with partners that were already involved in the migration space.

Through the use of the API and Azure virtual machines, Metalogix increased speeds to about 8GB an hour by the fall of 2014 and hit an average of 20GB an hour, 24 hours per day this year. "It’s a huge, huge difference to what they were getting with any migration tool before,” Orbach said.

Metalogix has been offing the new capabilities in stealth mode for the past three months, said Metalogix CEO Steve Murphy. Orbach expects migration speeds to continue to increase — perhaps as high as averages of 50GB an hour by later this year.

Microsoft's API is also available to other vendors. So expect more on high speed migration in the months to come.