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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

Darrin Smith

Technologists across Africa have reason to celebrate this New Year. 

As Microsoft’s target date for the availability of Azure data centers in Cape Town and Johannesburg approaches, big changes are in store for the region. This development not only brings new job and growth possibilities to South Africa but also improved technical capabilities that will allow the region to better compete across enterprises at a global scale. 

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.

IT positions – especially in cloud services – are expanding at a rate three-fold compared to national job opportunities, according to a recent Microsoft report in collaboration with IDC, “The Economic Impact of IT and Microsoft in South Africa.” The addition of Azure regions in this area will aid tech and cloud growth, with an estimated 112,000 additional jobs projected over the next four years in Johannesburg and Cape Town alone. 

Lionel Moyal, speaking to entrepreneurs and startups at the South African Global Entrepreneurship Week 2018, detailed the future of the region and displayed encouragement toward workers to “skill up” in cloud technologies, AI, development tools, machine learning, mobile technologies, noting that it will be needed with South Africa’s rapid tech expansion.  

That tech expansion is just that – new technology – and data centers in Africa mean more than just job growth. With the implementation of these data centers, South Africa will be able to nurture their security, growth and speed in the enterprise cloud space and small businesses alike. Their ability to store and manage data locally empowers South African businesses to adopt cloud services with peace of mind, especially in sensitive industries such as insurance that handle confidential personal information. 

And finally, with localized servers soon in place, latency between companies and their Azure infrastructure will undergo a world of change in speed and experience, allowing for a more mature cloud strategy. When it comes to migration projects, this is the biggest change. Immediately after these regions go live, MigrationWiz customers will be able to execute migrations using Azure data centers in Africa by selecting this region in Advanced Options prior to launching their project. That data will pass quickly and securely through local servers to its Destination. Let us know if we can help with your next project, or reach out to our friends at First Distribution to learn more about our work in South Africa to date. 

In order to succeed, new and established businesses across all industries need to unlock three essential doors: the technology door, the business development door, and the compliance and regulation door. Microsoft has brought the keys to South Africa with local data centers. We’re excited to see what the future holds for tech and tech startups in this region.

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