This is a guest blog from Eduardo Fernandez of MigrationBox, a SoftLayer Tech Marketplace Partner specializing in simplifying the process of transferring email and other types of data between services.
Tech Partners Marketplace: http://www.softlayer.com/marketplace/migrationbox
Take Control of Your Cloud Data
Online services are great, but moving your data to the cloud and moving it between cloud services is very difficult and time-consuming. Think about all the data that you have online: email, contacts, calendars, documents … What happens when you want to switch to a different provider? Maybe your company changed names or is acquiring another company or you want to move to a cheaper or better email provider. It’s really difficult to move this data, especially when you’re talking about hundreds or thousands of accounts.
I first ran into this problem about a year ago. I was doing consulting work for a client, and he asked me to move their company email to Google Apps. I found out that it’s really hard to transfer email in bulk. I’m a hacker, so it didn’t take me too long to come up with a tool that did a pretty good job at transferring the accounts one-by-one. Then I thought I could just make a product out of this tool so that other people could use it as well.
At that point, I found it wasn’t that easy.