The migration and management offer, called SharePoint Online Content Management, is a result of the collaboration between Microsoft Consulting Services and Metalogix, and utilizes technology from the Metalogix Content Matrix. Metalogix said the offer will help customers move SharePoint users and content directly from their on-premise servers to the cloud without an intermediary migration solution.
This, in turn, is expected to increase the speed of migration and eliminate the need for on-premise management, according to the announcement.
Metalogix cited Forrester Analyst Cheryl McKinnon, who said migration from on-premise to the cloud allows companies to create singular goals for both business and technology teams so they can work more efficiently and better serve customers.
“At Metalogix, we’re here to be a trusted partner and advisor for organizations on their journey to the cloud,” said Abe Peled, CEO of Metalogix, in a statement. “We’ve been instrumental in helping hundreds of companies migrate their SharePoint data to the cloud and continue to deliver unprecedented performance, manageability and productivity along the way so that they may quickly realize all the value possible from their SharePoint investments.”
Metalogix and Microsoft are longtime partners, with Metalogix currently holding the title of Microsoft Gold ISV Partner and Managed Partner in Microsoft’s High Potential ISV Group. Metalogix is also a member of the Microsoft Partner Solutions Center.
While the migration offer may not be surprising given the two companies’ history of partnership, enabling SharePoint customers to move their on-premise infrastructure to the cloud is yet another step in Microsoft’s overall push toward a completely virtual software portfolio. This could potentially serve as a boon for channel partners as they now have a simpler and more convenient option to help coax legacy SharePoint users to finally make the transition to the cloud.
Both companies will be hosting a series of roadshow events in the United States and Europe to discuss the benefits of improved business productivity with SharePoint.