Auto Trader Sprints its Legacy Email Archives into Microsoft Office 365
Founded in 1977 based on the ‘Auto Trader Concept’ introduced from the US, Auto Trader has become the UK’s no. 1 automotive classified website. It specialises in new and second hand sales, including cars sold by private sellers and trade dealers.
On the outset, the Company’s primary route to market was via printed magazines. After 36 years, however, in June 2013, the final editions were published, with the company concentrating on its online business, which now benefits from over 11.5 million visitors each month.
From simple classified listings to highly advanced internet car retailing technologies, Auto Trader has an advanced portfolio designed to bring consumers, retailers and advertising partners together.
Driven by cost-saving requirements, Auto Trader decided to move their email system to Microsoft’s Office 365 cloud service. However, so as not to negate the cost savings of this move, tight budgetary constraints were placed on the process of migrating legacy email records from their on-premise Symantec Enterprise Vault archives.
The Company had over 1,600 archived mailboxes stored in an on-premise Symantec Enterprise Vault archive. This equated to over 10TB – around or 81 million email records – that had to be moved into Office 365 In-Place Archives.
Auto Trader had to find a cost-effective solution but did not want to compromise in terms of the migration product’s technical sophistication. A demonstration of any proposed migration software was going to be an absolute must!
Having been engaged with several migration software vendors, Auto Trader arranged a demonstration of the innovative TransVault Sprint, a new migration product aimed at lowcomplexity projects for a cost-effective price point. In fact, Auto Trader were able to make use of Sprint’s evaluation mode, meaning they could physically test the output from their Enterprise Vault source before making a purchasing decision.