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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

Stacey Farrar

How do you conceptualize a complex migration? Perhaps you see a convoy of virtual semi-trucks loaded with data, traveling a fiber optic highway to their intended destination. They may converge with other semis coming from multiple other sources. Your job is to orchestrate this massive data delivery and make sure it all arrives on time without traffic snarls or delays.

This is precious cargo, and the journey won’t be a success if the convoy loses a load. That’s a very real concern, because bandits and hijackers lurk along the way.

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.

You need to have skillful drivers with good navigation skills, and you must also secure the load from whatever they may encounter on the way.

Whenever you’re planning a migration, you have to be confident that your data’s trip down the virtual migration highway will be safe and secure. MigrationWiz is not only your map of the fastest and most efficient route, you can also think of it as your highly trained, sharp-eyed security detail.

When you execute your migration, there won’t be any semi-trucks pulling up in front of your building. Of course not, because MigrationWiz is a fully SaaS solution. Another thing you may not see are the multiple layers of data protection we’ve built in. So buckle up – we’ve got a lot to share: Every MigrationWiz license includes enterprise-grade security that follows current best practices to protect information before, during, and after your migration.

App-based authentication

For SharePoint, Teams, and OneDrive migrations, MigrationWiz supports application-based permissions. This means you’re not using a Global Admin account to access resources on either the Source or Destination, and you can perform the migration using read-only application permissions at the Source.

Modern authentication

For migrations involving Office 365, MigrationWiz supports token-based modern authentication based on OAuth 2.0. You won’ be using basic authentication (usernames and passwords) at either the Source or Destination. Basic authentication is well-known to be vulnerable to multiple forms of attack including password-spraying, brute-force attack, and phishing. In fact, it’s currently being phased out on all workloads by Microsoft.

Least-privilege access

MigrationWiz can perform specific tasks using administrator accounts with the lowest level of user rights. Global administrator accounts do not have to be used unless absolutely necessary. You can use temporary administrative credentials and impersonation rights for email migrations and app-based authentication for document migrations.

Application, data, and network security

BitTitan adheres to all applicable security standards, practices, and controls, whether required or recommended. This includes encryption, data retention, and frequent penetration testing along with hardened and redundant data centers.

Zero deployment

BitTitan products operate outside of firewalls, connecting to messaging systems the same way any external user would. There’s never a need to install third-party software inside your firewall or network.

Mailbox data

Mailbox data (including subjects, bodies, attachments, etc.) are not stored on BitTitan servers. In some cases, the data may be cached temporarily in order to optimize network throughput, but it’s wiped immediately once a mailbox is migrated.

Mailbox credentials

Mailbox credentials are stored using military-grade AES encryption. Those credentials are immediately purged from the system once you delete the corresponding configuration to which it’s associated.

Auto-purge policy

BitTitan has implemented an automatic purge policy that will delete any configuration that’s not used. If a migration isn’t performed within 90 days (either of your last migration or creation of configuration, whichever is later), data is deleted from our servers. 90 days is the default setting, but MigrationWiz also allows you to configure this to be a longer or shorter period.

Data centers

BitTitan uses Azure data centers, which are compliant with ISO/IEC 27001/27002:2013, SOC 1 Type 2 and SOC 2 Type 2, PCI DSS Level 1, FISMA, HIPAA/HITECH, CJIS, CSA CCM, FERPA and others. When setting up your migration, you can select where you want your migration to be processed from these data center regions: Australia, Europe, North America, Japan, South America, and Southeast Asia.

You won’t need a truck driver’s license to manage a complex migration. All you have to do is pick up some MigrationWiz licenses and you’re ready to hit the (virtual) road – safely and securely.

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