Edmonton-based startup acquired by Microsoft
Edmonton-based startup, Mover, that offers data migration services, has been acquired by Microsoft, with Mover co-founder and CEO, Eric Warnke, writing in a blog post: “Moving forward, we’ll bring our deep expertise and migration technology to serve Microsoft customers. This acquisition will ensure that customers making the move to Microsoft 365 have a seamless and cost effective experience.”
Microsoft bought the company with plans to integrate Mover’s data migration service with Microsoft 356. Mover’s technology, which moves files online between cloud storage providers, will now help their customers to migrate data to Microsoft’s OneDrive and SharePoint.
Supporting migration from multiple cloud service providers – including Dropbox, Google Drive, Box, and Egnyte – the Mover/Microsoft integration will help their users more easily transfer their files from those platforms to Microsoft’s OneDrive and SharePoint, enabling seamless file collaboration across Microsoft 365 apps and services.
Corporate vice president of Microsoft Office, Jeff Teper, wrote in a blog post that “the Mover integration is currently available with further details to be revealed at Microsoft’s annual Ignite conference, held this November”.
Eric Warnke also wrote of the acquisition: “Our technology makes us one of the fastest OneDrive and SharePoint document migrators in the world. My team has proven this time and time again by setting migration speed records for the industry, always meeting customer needs. Security, file fidelity, and transfer accuracy are core tenets of our company and we take pride in our reputation.”
Founded in 2012, through the Vancouver Growlab accelerator, Mover originally began as a product called Backup Box, which allowed users to move data back and forth between cloud storage services, they then decided to tackle the problem of data migration and raised $1 million in a seed round from Canadian and American investors, including Double M Partners, Yaletown Venture Partners, Amplify, and Medra Capita, as well as angel investors Jarl Mohn, Rick Barry, and Dennis Phelps.