Sharegate is the new kid on the block when it comes to joining the tools that do migration for SharePoint and just like Metavis and Metalogix it offers the standard options for migrating to different versions of SharePoint as well as to O365.
The tool interface is very simple, but a bit confusing to try and figure out what you need to do.
For instance when you are doing a pre-migration check it makes it appear as if you are actually copying the site to the target while doing the check. This is a bit confusing.
Ok now onto the evaluation.
- Long Term Use: Offers the ability to use the tool to do maintenance on pretty much anything in the SharePoint site (list, libraries, permissions, content types). One of my favorite feature in the Manage piece is it gives you a detailed report of size, template used, subsites, navigation structure, master page applied when you enter the tool. I know this is a helpful issue to have because I get asked this information all the time.
- Pre-Migration Reports: As mentioned above it provides a detailed report of the issues that could impact the migration and it provides those errors instantaneously with the suggestions on how to re-mediate them.
- Reporting: Offers a ton of reports for just about anything you would want or need to report on.
- Limitations: For me I am not a big fan of having two separate windows to do migrations vs maintenance. It seems a bit clunky and not user friendly. But the options in the maintenance piece is awesome in what you can do and see.
Like with everyone else, they offer a range of prices and what you get for that price. Take a second and review the pricing page and see for yourself.
Overall I would say Sharegate has the potential to be a big player in the migration segment. If they could improve the UI in the tool and not make it so complicated to get around it would amazing. The one piece I think is pretty awesome is they are the first to offer Insane Mode which is the new faster migration option using a special pipeline that utilizes Azure to move content faster. I know the other two are also working on that and using it, I just love calling it “Insane Mode”. There are limitations around Insane Mode but that is another blog for another day.
I would download all of the trials of the tools and evaluate which one best meets your needs and if you need any help please feel free to reach to me and I will be happy to help.