Spirent Communications Seamlessly Migrates to Office 365
We had the specific requirement of retaining all versions of our users’ documents when moving the content and SkySync was the only solution that could address this need.- Ryan Au, Senior IT Developer – Spirent Communications
Spirent Communications is the leading provider of verification, assessment, analytics, and device intelligence solutions, enabling those who deliver networks, connected devices, and communication services to provide a superior user experience. From service provider networks and enterprise data centers to mobile communications and connected vehicles, Spirent works with leading innovators across the globe to help the world communicate and collaborate faster, better, and more securely.
Interested in a more flexible, cost-effective solution to file sharing than its existing on-premises file servers and network shares, Spirent Communications sought answers in the Cloud. After using a popular Enterprise File Sync and Share service for two years, Spirent’s IT department recently made a decision to move the entire organization into Microsoft’s Office 365 platform for storage, collaboration and productivity.
“Office 365 is a complete suite and provides an end-to-end solution from a productivity standpoint. It has all of the basic Office features but also provides us online access from anywhere, which we didn’t have when everything was running on-premises,” said Ryan Au, Senior Developer in IT at Spirent Communications. “Since OneDrive for Business is included in our Office 365 licenses, we decided to leave our initial Cloud storage service to save costs.”
To realize that cost savings, Spirent needed a way to migrate several hundred users and all of their content to their new OneDrive accounts from their previous Cloud service.
Spirent tested two popular third-party migration tools before discovering SkySync.
“We had the specific requirement of retaining all versions of our users’ documents when moving the content and the two solutions we had tried first simply did not offer that functionality,” Au said. “SkySync was recommended by our original vendor as the only solution that could address this need.”
Au said that SkySync’s fully-automated Author Preservation/User Mapping feature was also a key factor in the migration, enabling Spirent to effortlessly link and migrate content from all of their individual user’ accounts with a single job process. “The User Mapping feature made the migration extremely easy for us to complete,” Au said.
With SkySync, Spirent was able to migrate more than 400 users from their previous EFSS service into OneDrive to Business in one week.
“Our users have adapted well to using OneDrive as their primary cloud storage solution,” Au said. “Having everyone working in OneDrive and Office 365 is a vast improvement for us in terms of productivity, not just due to the feature set but because of the quick access to all of our content in this new, integrated environment. It makes our lives a lot easier.”
Impeccable Professional Services
Au said that beyond SkySync’s unique technical capabilities, what truly sold him on the product was the level of customer service he received from the SkySync Professional Services team.
“The support I got from SkySync was phenomenal. It blew away all expectations in terms of what SkySync was willing to do for us for this migration project,” Au said. “Overall it’s an excellent engagement. The tool and support staff are both exceptional.”