Cloud Migration Introduction
GMS Cloud includes a number of migration options to move the new service from your existing email client, service or server.
- POP users: Your email client may be configured to collect mail by POP from your local email server or service provider. POP is a protocol that downloads the full email contents (as well as the email header) into the email client. This means that all the user’s email is in the email client and therefore there is no migration requirement. The user would merely connect their Outlook (or other client type) client to their new GMS Cloud service and continue to use their email as they have always done. Please see HERE to learn more about email protocols.
- IMAP users: IMAP is another type of email protocol that differs significantly from POP. The advantage of IMAP is that email remains on the server and can be accessed remotely by other mail client types (e.g.: mobile) as needed. Options for migrating email from IMAP configured accounts differ dependent on the type of client in use; if Outlook is being used the PST migration tool may be used (see below). If a non-Outlook desktop mail client is being used then a manual migraiton of pre-selected email folders should be conducted, for more information please see HERE.
- Outlook users: Outlook generates a PST file to catalogue and store email. This PST file can be accessed by end users and migrated to the new GMS Cloud service. The speed of this migration option is upload bandwidth dependent so options are provided to seelctively import data, instead of all users data. Please see see HERE for more information
- Whole server migrations: Enterprise customers moving to a private cloud instance of GMS Cloud can use additional migration technologies to move complete user population mail data sets to GMS Cloud.