Companies of all sizes and in all industries have recognized the productivity gains and cost benefits of moving to the cloud, but many face fundamental challenges getting there. Moving massive amounts of sensitive data to the cloud isn't a simple undertaking, and companies often end up inadvertently using migration methods that are inefficient and insecure.
The current options aren't enough
Many businesses that are anxious to adopt cloud technology choose the "lift-and-shift" approach, which has them transfer files over the public internet from on-premise servers to a cloud service and replicate their same in-house applications in the cloud. While at first glance this sounds like an effective model, "lift-and-shift" fails to capture the advantages that come with native cloud features. Other businesses turn to ad hoc solutions like asking employees to manually move their content to various cloud solutions. While this may work by distributing the migration across the company to the individual level, it fails to scale when the individual doesn't have the technical expertise needed to transition content securely and organize it intelligently and collaboratively. Not to mention, one shudders to think at the collective loss in productivity when every employee is transferring files instead of doing work!
Most detrimental of all, some companies postpone transitioning to the cloud altogether because of the complications that come with current migration approaches. While it saves some hard pain in the short-term, this can end up costing businesses millions of dollars each year, and also has a noticeably negative impact on a company's potential to boost collaboration, productivity and innovation. No business wins in the long term by resting on the status quo.
Introducing Box Shuttle -- the better way to migrate
At Box, we believe businesses across the globe should be able to make a smooth and seamless transition to the cloud, so they can start reaping its benefits faster. That's why today we're excited to announce a new service called Box Shuttle: the simple, smart way to migrate large amounts of content to Box.
We're proud to be the first cloud provider to directly enable even the biggest companies in the world to migrate millions of files from wherever their data lives and also make the content smarter in the process. Now, customers can accelerate their shift to the cloud and realize a faster time to value.
Box Shuttle combines software migration tools with expertise from Box Consulting, which has a deep foundation in migration and offers award-winning services: over the past four years, we've successfully executed more than 3,500 deployments, totaling well over a million users. Now, we're expanding the capabilities, scale and speed of our migration services to serve a broader range of customers and expedite moving data up to hundreds of terabytes to Box from on-premise, legacy ECM, and cloud systems.
Box Shuttle can be tailored to the specific needs of each customer based on the amount and type of content as well as their bandwidth and type of repository. We'll help you surface value and apply intelligence like metadata and retention policies to your files as we move them into Box. With Box Shuttle, we'll partner with you to:
- Outline and organize the project - We will partner with you to create an individualized migration plan with key milestones from inception to delivery and implementation guidance to ensure your move stays on track. By partnering directly with us to create a crisp migration strategy, customers can achieve greater predictability over the outcome and lowered risk.
- Figure out what you need and what you don't - Often businesses have difficulty grasping what's worth migrating in the first place. With content analysis and lifecycle management, we'll work with you to determine what to keep live, purge, or archive as well as identify the security and governance requirements of your selected data.
- Add intelligence to your content - We can apply your existing user permissions, metadata, retention policies, and other custom attributes as we move your files into Box from their previous environments.
- Track progress - Box provides full visibility to customers throughout the migration process and gives users control over their data during the migration.
For more information on how your business can get started with Box Shuttle, register for our upcoming webinar. Box Shuttle is available in beta today and will be generally available in Fall 2016.