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Google Migrations: Go With the EDU Expert

05/20/2021
Grady Gausman

The need to move data between cloud environments and, more specifically Microsoft 365 tenants, is an increasingly growing market and one that BitTitan wants to help automate. We frequently see this scenario arise during a merger, acquisition, or divestiture where businesses or individual units are being combined or separated. In fact, 2018 was the first year BitTitan saw cloud-to-cloud migration projects reach parity with on-prem-to-cloud moves – a trend we have seen accelerate since then given the increased adoption of M365 and continued strength in global M&A activity.

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.

For large organizations making this move, migrations take place over the course of weeks or months rather than a single weekend. When users are split between multiple tenants during the transition, it’s critical to ensure a seamless experience for these users. That’s where coexistence comes into play.

 

Maintaining Coexistence with MigrationWiz

With the May 2021 release to MigrationWiz, we’ve shipped new features to support collaboration between users on separate tenants during a change in domain. Not only do they provide a great experience for those users – they provide flexibility and control over every aspect of the project for migration teams. Once customers have set up Exchange Online endpoints for both the source and destination, they will have the option to enable coexistence between the two tenants.

The biggest feature add is the ability to scope mailbox discovery. This allows for the autodiscovery of mailboxes from a single Mail-Enabled Security Group in Azure AD. For scenarios like a divestiture where only a portion of users are being migrated off a tenant, this feature helps quickly identify and migrate the relevant users and leave the rest untouched on the source.

 

In addition to this feature, we’ve also enhanced configuration options around the creation and conversion of mail users, automated license provisioning, and mail-forwarding. With MigrationWiz, customers now have the ability to:

  • Create Mail Users enables users to choose whether to create Mail User objects in the target tenant to match source objects.
  • Convert Mail Users enables users to choose whether to convert Mail User objects in the target tenant to Mailbox User objects during the pre-migration process.
  • Apply Licenses allows users to automatically start the provisioning process inside Office 365 ahead of the pre-stage pass.
  • Apply Forwarders allows users to choose forwarder options for the source and target mailboxes once the full migration is complete.
  • Verbose Logging provides users with detailed logging to help troubleshoot issues that arise during the project.

 

 

Ready for Enterprise

MigrationWiz scales to handle even the largest of engagements. With new features like coexistence, our solution ensures users split between two tenants can continue to work and collaborate as if they resided in the same environment.

When it comes to migrations, end user experience is everything. Engaging BitTitan for these projects not only means a trusted and proven solution in MigrationWiz, but access to a deep roster of migration experts and detailed step-by-step documentation to keep projects on track and guarantee a smooth transition for employees.

 

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