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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

05/11/2020
Ankur Garg
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As we described in our earlier post, “Migrating to Exchange Online: Why Go Hybrid?”, many organizations have adopted a hybrid approach when making the decision to move towards Microsoft 365.

Once a business makes that choice, they now face another question: what tools are available to help me get there? First- and third- party tools both offer different benefits and drawbacks. For those looking to build their hybrid exchange business, this is an important consideration. Here’s how those two options shake out.

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-Party Tools

Many businesses elect to migrate using native tools from Microsoft themselves. The Exchange Admin Center offers basic functionality for hybrid migrations, enabling organizations to batch and initialize syncs to migrate users to the new environment. Additionally, PowerShell scripts are often employed to help manage large numbers of users or automate additional parts of the project not handled in the EAC.

The positives of using native tools are normally around upfront cost: that is, no licensing to use the service and no installations that come with some third-party solutions to handle the job.

On the other hand, you’re limited to the capabilities of this tool and are required to develop and execute your own PowerShell scripts to complete the job, plus a reliance on Microsoft support should issues arise.

 

Third-Party Solutions

The alternative to the EAC are tools from migration vendors like BitTitan that go beyond the capabilities of the EAC to help automate and manage hybrid Exchange projects. These tools offer a better way to consistently deliver on hybrid projects, a topic we discuss in this article: Building Your Hybrid Migration Business with Third-Party Tools.

These tools often require less PowerShell scripting outside the product – though that’s certainly still an option – and offer a simpler experience for resources on the project to usher it along.

The positives include a reduction in the number of resources required to manage hybrid engagements and therefore a lower labor cost to deliver the project. These tools often have additional batch management capabilities to easily define groups of users by Organizational Unit or Exchange attribute, while often having better real-time reporting and analytics to monitor status. They may even offer a way to turn the project over to the end-user for longer term management. Finally, third-party tools should come with accessible support and documentation to help troubleshoot errors.

The downsides? A larger upfront licensing costs. This should be recovered with the time and resource savings but could inflate project costs if the project plan isn’t airtight.

 

Find a Partner!

Regardless of the approach, hybrid projects are best executed with a partner or hybrid consultant that can help an internal IT team configure and mange these projects.

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