With the current trend in the migration market being on-premises file servers and shares to the cloud, it is only fitting that migrating to a cloud storage platform such as Dropbox aligns with businesses digital transformation and resilience strategy. The benefits of migrating to a platform that is agnostic such as Dropbox are the cost vs hosting infrastructure, the security and ability for users to collaborate without VPNs, its ability to work with both Google Workspace and O365 for document editing and collaboration and when comparing Dropbox to the likes of SharePoint, Dropbox does not charge for data but only…


Box recently announced its new Box Shuttle service which provides 10TB free when using its self-service tool for primarily lift and shift migrations from common storage providers (Dropbox, Google Drive, etc.). This new service comes off the bat of Box’s acquisition of Cloud FastPath earlier this year. Should you have more than 10TB or a more complex migration (Egnyte, S3, GCP, Azure) then the price is $500/TB.

box shuttle migration tool
box shuttle migration tool
Movebot — next-generation box migration tool & pro partner

Movebot who is a recognised Box Pro Partner can be seen as a next-generation alternative to the new Box Shuttle service. Movebot is a fully cloud hosted, modern migration tool that was built…


Using a third party application you can export your Shopify data out of Shopify and to a remote location. When pairing Matrixify capability with Couchdrop you can export your Shopify products, collections, customers, orders, activity and shop directly into the likes of Google Drive, Dropbox, Amazon S3, or really anywhere!

See below the quick steps to export data to your cloud storage destination. First though you will need a Couchdrop account then the steps are:

  • Step 1. Connect your cloud storage to Couchdrop
  • Step 2. Create new SFTP user to connect to above location
  • Step 3. Configure SFTP in Shopify

Using Microsoft Azure’s Data Factory you can pull data from Amazon S3 and Google Cloud Storage to extract into your data pipeline (ETL workflow). However, Microsoft does not allow you to load (put/upload) files back into these platforms at the end of your extract, transform, load cycle.

couchdrop sfpt azure data factory
couchdrop sfpt azure data factory

To get past this and to enable the ability to load files back into these platforms you can utilise the SFTP connector and Couchdrop. Couchdrop is a cloud SFTP / FTP conduit that acts as a fabric on top of cloud storage and offers webhooks, an API and supports web portal uploads, etc…


Workato supports native SFTP as a platform to import and export files. By using this native integration you can utilise it for your extract, transform and load (ETL) workflows and file automation requirements. The key challenge is having a scalable, fully featured SFTP server that is low maintenance and works within minutes. Couchdrop’s cloud SFTP solution can help with your automated workflows by utilising its native SFTP service, webhooks, API, cloud storage integrations and ability to create and lock down users.

ETL Use Cases:

  • As a vendor your clients send you files via SFTP (or another means such as web portal) where you…

Skyvia enables you to automatically export data on a regular basis to an SFTP endpoint. When using the likes of Couchdrop SFTP, this could be utilised as part of an ETL process, primarily if you are looking to expose this data to a vendor or transfer this data to a cloud storage platform or share.

A standard example process could be similar to the below where data is transformed into a CSV and then be directly uploaded via SFTP where a webhook event is sent to a partners platform to then pull down the data for their use.

skyvia export sftp
skyvia export sftp
Using Skyvia and Couchdrop you can create an automated ETL data pipeline

As Couchdrop…


Integromat is a no-code automation platform that integrates with most cloud applications globally. Utilising Couchdrop’s cloud SFTP you can create a fully functioning extract, transform, load (ETL) process where you can either process customers data on upload, or send your vendor data based on an action.

Couchdrop’s SFTP offers not only a traditional SFTP server, but also modern features such as webhooks, API and advanced security for additional users or your platform as a whole. You can restrict users to specific directories and have an array of webhooks and actions based on each users directory.


A lot of extract, transform and load (ETL) platforms support SFTP as a data ingress or egress connector. The key challenge is having a scalable, fully featured SFTP server that is low maintenance and works within minutes. Couchdrop’s cloud SFTP solution can help with your automated workflows by utilising its native SFTP service, webhooks, API, cloud storage integrations and ability to create and lock down users.

ETL Use Cases:

  • As a vendor your clients send you files via SFTP (or another means such as web portal) where you can receive a webhook event on upload to then initiate your ETL process.
Have your clients send you data via SFTP to then be processed through automated ETL operations
  • As a…

By default SharePoint doesn’t support FTP let alone SFTP. However, there is a simple method to configure SharePoint as an FTP / SFTP server. This involves using Couchdrop which is a virtual file system fabric that sits on top of cloud storage such as SharePoint. It is simple to setup and you can hit the ground running in less than a minute.

Configure SharePoint as FTP / SFTP server steps:

  • Create Couchdrop account
  • Connect your SharePoint account and specify a site
  • Create additional users
  • Connect via SFTP / FTP

Step 1. Create Couchdrop account

Navigate to my.couchdrop.io/register and create a Couchdrop account. …


SFTP (or FTP) is not supported by the Microsoft suite (SharePoint and OneDrive) natively. Incredibly, even though SFTP (FTP) is such a legacy protocol, it is still widely used and required in this modern day. SFTP is primarily for file sharing between organisations, but also for workflow automation and backups.

To summarise this article, the steps to configure SFTP/FTP for O365 SharePoint and OneDrive are:

  • Create a Couchdrop account
  • Connect your SharePoint or OneDrive and specify the root directory
  • Create additional users with granular permissions and directory access
  • SFTP/FTP using the credentials created via sftp.couchdrop.io or ftp.couchdrop.io
sharepoint ftp /sftp
sharepoint ftp /sftp
Couchdrop — virtual file system fabric for cloud storage

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Jayden Bartram

CEO of Movebot and Couchdrop. Also have a strong passion to help businesses and people optimise and grow — jbconsulting.co.nz for more.

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