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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

10/31/2016
BitTitan Team
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Happy Halloween! Or is it?

punkin horror storiesWe share a lot of success stories here. We love to focus on new ideas that help MSPs and bring them to life.

But great ideas solve problems and we’ve heard a lot of scary stories that pointed us to problems faced by the IT community.

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.

Instead of Trick or Treat we’re going to share the ones that shook us most.

Grab a blanket, check on your server, change your passwords, and backup your data!

All names have been changed to protect and respect the identities of the victims.

STORY: MIGRATION MADNESS

It was supposed to be a normal job. Migrations aren’t a big deal when you do them hundreds of times and John only needed 20 mailboxes migrated. Easy enough.

With such a small number of migrations, this was work that could be done closer to the weekend. So, John handled this the way any MSP would. He let the client continue their business and once they had closed up shop, settled in for what he figured would be a routine migration and some easy success.

It’s not that things went wrong after going right for a while; they were never right in the first place.

The first attempted migration failed. “Sh*t luck,” he thought, but whether it was him or the client, he just had to figure out why the mailbox wasn’t migrating and he’d be on his way.

Soon enough, he realized that importing outlook PST files that was causing the problem. But John couldn’t get past that.

Over and over again, migrations failed. In his effort to solve the problem, John missed the warning signs. Red eyes, dehydration, incoherent speech. Voices gave him troubleshooting suggestions…

witchFive hours later, then ten. The next time he looked away from the screen, it had been 16 hours.

He misunderstood the time, not noticing AM or PM. He though it had only been four hours, so he kept going. John had fallen victim to migration madness. He couldn’t eat, sleep, or leave until the project was over. He just couldn’t.

40 hours later, the voices stopped. The work was done. Coming to his senses, he called the client and let them know their mailboxes were ready.

The client – with no understanding of John’s brush with madness – paid him $200.

 

This story scared us so much, we were motivated to develop a cure for migration madness. With dedicated teams and former survivors, we built MigrationWiz.

 

 

 

We hope you never face this IT horror and have a Happy Halloween!

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