SkySync provided the perfect solution we needed to seamlessly migrate between our cloud storage providers.

- Karyono Sim, Senior Systems Administrator – CAF

Company Profile

Colony American Finance (CAF) is the leading provider of financing solutions to residential real estate investors. CAF was founded in 2014 to finance single family, townhome, condo and small multifamily properties for customers nationwide and offers portfolio and single asset term loans for stabilized rental properties as well as short term credit lines for acquisitions. Its products are tailor-made for investors, providing attractive rates, rapid timelines and closing certainty.

Business Drivers

Colony American Finance’s technology infrastructure is 100% cloud-hosted, allowing for scalability, availability, disaster recovery and business continuity at a total low cost of ownership and maintenance support footprint. With several cloud storage services in use, CAF decided to consolidate to a single cloud collaboration platform for better compliance and security control.

The Challenge

Colony American Finance decided that it would consolidate all of its content to Box due to its granular access control and full-integration with Microsoft’s Office 365. But they needed a tool that could integrate their existing systems and migrate content with little impact on the business.

“We were looking for a tool that was easy to use, with audit trails and enabled us to move the content without disruption to the business or end users,” said Karyono Sim, Senior Systems Administrator at CAF.

While discussing the project Box recommended that CAF use SkySync, a trusted migration partner.

The Solution

After a quick installation, CAF found that SkySync met their requirements to get the migration complete.

“SkySync is great! Using its intuitive interface, we migrated to Box behind the scenes without any interruption to our users,” Sim said. Using features like SkySync’s Advanced Folder Grouping functionality and file filtering, CAF was able to pick and choose exactly what they needed to migrate to Box.

“Creating a job is simple, and from each job we were able to pull a history and audit log. It was also important for us to be able to schedule jobs automatically or manually based on our business needs,” Sim said. “Overall, it’s fast and convenient. The only factor that limited our migration’s performance was the speed of our existing platform as we pulled the data out. But with multiple SkySync jobs running over the weekend, file transfers were completed for Monday morning access in Box.”

The Results

With CAF’s content now being stored in a single, cloud-based repository, IT has more control over user access and improved security audits. The migration has also improved efficiency for CAF’s remote users, who no longer have to use a VPN to access on-premises storage.

“SkySync provided the perfect solution we needed to seamlessly migrate between our cloud storage providers. The SkySync Professional Services team was awesome to work with,” Sim said. “We can see SkySync in our future here at CAF as we explore other bulk migrations between cloud storage providers for redundancy.”