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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

04/12/2018
Christopher Tozzi
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This article originally posted on Channel Futures.

Automation is the name of the game in today’s IT world. If you’re an MSP and are missing out on opportunities to automate, you’re undercutting your efficiency, as well as your image in the eyes of customers. Here’s a look at processes that are easy to automate but that you may still be performing manually.

Lack of automation is bad for two main reasons.

While students and faculty are at home, it’s a good time for system upgrades that will enhance collaboration, access, and security. Many colleges, universities, and school systems are planning winter break migrations to move or consolidate tenants and even adopt new collaboration platforms.

If you’re using Google Workspace, MigrationWiz is the tool you need for migrating a wide variety of workloads: Mailboxes, documents, archives, and even collaboration platforms. You can take advantage of low education pricing to move from one Google instance to another, or from Google Workspace to Microsoft Teams. MigrationWiz handles all these workloads:

  • Gmail and Vault, including inbox, folders/labels, email, muted emails, contacts, calendars, and calendar notifications.
  • Drive, including files, folders, permissions, document history, comments, and more.
  • Shared Drives, including documents, permissions, versions, and metadata.

Great education pricing is one thing, but when you’re planning a migration, you should never skimp on experience, capabilities, and security. That’s why BitTitan has been the choice of educational institutions for more than 13 years.

Experienced experts are here to help

BitTitan has migrated thousands of students, faculty, and staff at hundreds of educational institutions all around the globe. While MigrationWiz is known for being intuitive and easy to use, you never have to go it alone, especially if your project is more complex. Our world-class Customer Success team are dedicated migration experts who can help you plan your project.

In fact, now is the perfect time to call so we can connect you with team members who have extensive experience in educational environments – including implementing complex Google Workspace migrations.

Fast, easy, and flexible

Educational institutions choose MigrationWiz because it’s fully automated and 100% SaaS. In fact, if you were expecting to sprint around campus in order to complete your migration, you may have to get your exercise some other way. With MigrationWiz you simply initiate your migration from one centralized dashboard, then use DeploymentPro – which is included – to automate Outlook configuration.

Don’t be fooled, though. Easy doesn’t mean basic. MigrationWiz is highly customizable with advanced options that give you full control over your migration. You’re always in charge of timing, testing, setup, and execution. You can also use project sharing to involve team members across departments for greater visibility and collaboration throughout the migration.

Top security with Azure datacenters

Security is top priority for every migration project, especially in educational settings. You’re responsible for protecting personal information from students and faculty, as well as proprietary documents and research. You must be able to ensure every bit of data is safe throughout the migration process. With MigrationWiz you get the extra security of Azure datacenters. And, your data is always encrypted and never stored.

With BitTitan by your side, you can get a lot done over winter break. So when faculty, staff, and students return, they might not even notice because they’ll be able to get started with the new semester without any disruptions.

Now’s the time to plan your migration

If you’re ready to implement a migration, there’s still time to put a plan in place. Contact us today to find out about education pricing for MigrationWiz and to learn how we can help make your migration a success.

First and most obvious, manual tasks are more costly and time-consuming to perform. By extension, they cost you more.

Second and less obvious, MSPs who fail to automate do not look as tech-savvy and efficient in the eyes of customers—especially customers who are aware of the latest technological innovations. Embracing automation is therefore important for bolstering your image as a competent, forward-thinking managed services provider.

Opportunities for MSPs to Automate

You’re probably already automating some of your workflows. But are you automating all of the following?

Firmware Updates

Firmware is special low-level software that helps to power most devices. Keeping firmware up-to-date is important for avoiding security and performance problems. However, one of the tricky things about firmware is that it is not usually updated by your operating system’s automatic update tool. It requires separate update workflows.

Fortunately, many device vendors offer automated firmware update tools. The tools are usually vendor-specific, so determining which ones apply to the devices you manage will require some research. But be sure you identify and enable automated firmware update tools that are available to you for the devices you manage.

Infrastructure Monitoring

If you’re still relying on manual or semi-manual processes to detect problems with the infrastructure that you manage, you’re missing out on substantial efficiencies.

Today, a variety of software platforms automate not just the tasks of detecting infrastructure problems, but also the workflows required to ensure that alerts reach the right people and are handled in a timely fashion.

Some basic monitoring tools, such as Nagios, are free. Most holistic platforms for managing alert workflows cost money. To the extent that your budget permits, take advantage of the monitoring and alerting tools available to you for keeping infrastructure up and running.

Application Deployment

How do you deploy applications? If you install them and start them manually, there is much more that you can do to automate the process.

By taking advantage of technology like containers, it’s easy to automate application deployment.

You can also integrate deployment with the rest of the application delivery chain, if you have one. That way, code updates, tests, staging, builds and deploys are all part of the same automated pipeline.

A number of vendors offer release automation platforms, or you can build your own using open source container frameworks, CI servers and test suites.

Hardware Provisioning

Setting up servers is hard work—or at least, it used to be.

Today, Infrastructure-as-Code (IaC) tools make it possible to automate most of the tasks required to provision servers (and other devices, for that matter) with operating systems, storage resources, networking configurations and more.

IaC means that you no longer have to sit down and provision each server manually. It also allows you to duplicate configurations easily and programmatically.

Setting up hardware may be one of the ways you offer value to your customers. You can continue to offer that value even if the processes you use to set up the hardware are automated.

Network Management

For some MSPs, managing networks is a core part of their business. Setting up networking hardware, adjusting bandwidth and network load in order to keep services running optimally and responding network failures are important revenue-generating activities.

They are also activities that can now be automated (mostly). Automatic load balancing eliminates the need to adjust routes by hand. Many networking devices can be configured automatically using IaC approaches. Network monitoring can also be automated via the monitoring platforms mentioned above.

Again, automation doesn’t mean that you no longer deliver value to your customers. It just means you deliver value in a way that is more efficient for you, and leads to faster results for them.

This article originally posted on Channel Futures.

At BitTitan we’ve been empowering IT service professionals to successfully deploy and manage cloud technologies through automation for over a decade. Sign up for a FREE BitTitan account today to access our products and services.

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