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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

05/11/2020
Ankur Garg
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The migration path from on-premises Exchange servers to Exchange Online is a well-traveled and well-documented journey. As one of the first workloads to move to the cloud, email was a litmus test that helped demonstrate the use case for cloud computing and storage for business and personal users alike.

Despite the prevalence of this scenario, there are many ways to get to the cloud.

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.

The source and the destination were the same – Exchange Server and Exchange Online, respectively – but the journey between the two varied greatly and continues to vary as late adopters and slow movers to the cloud embark on their journey.

One of the most common strategies is a hybrid Exchange approach. In this scenario, users from the same organization would be split between the on-prem and cloud environment, migrated in batches over a longer period of time.

There are several tools – first and third-party – to help with Hybrid Exchange migrations. Our companion article, Tools for Migrating via Hybrid Exchange, dig into some of those options. In this article, we review the key reasons an organization may select a hybrid Exchange approach.

 

Reason #1: No Weekend Cutover

For organizations that are able to migrate all users and data over the course of a weekend, a standard cutover approach is suggested. This helps organizations avoid the configuration of a hybrid environment and helps with adoption of the new system.

For many businesses, that cutover simply isn’t feasible. There are too many users or too much data. Maybe a pre-stage approach isn’t an option. In this case, a hybrid strategy offers internal IT or managed service providers assisting with the migration a way to progressively move users while still avoiding downtime and ensuring business continuity. For partners who want to learn more about designing a hybrid Exchange offering, see Building Your Hybrid Exchange Migration Business.

 

Reason #2: Slow-Walk the Move to Microsoft 365

Be it one reason or another, businesses may not want to move overnight. They could batch users by team or department, by office or geographic location, or another factor that makes sense for that specific business.

A hybrid approach ensures users that have been migrated and users that have not can continue to work and operate as usual.

 

Reason #3: Application Dependencies on Exchange Server

The final reason we commonly see for businesses taking a hybrid approach is due to ongoing application needs tied to the on-premises Exchange server. While the business itself may wish to move forward with a transition to Microsoft 365 and begin to reap the productivity benefits of cloud applications, there could also be instances where applications in use by the company will not migrate as smoothly. The benefit of a hybrid strategy here is that those dependencies can be taken care of on a different timeline while users can be migrated in batches as necessary.

Want to learn more about the BitTitan approach to hybrid projects? Watch our demo here or get in touch today!

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