Forbes is a global media brand known for its bi-weekly business magazine. The organization champions entrepreneurial success by convening and curating influential leaders who are driving change, transforming business, and making a significant impact on the world. Forbes reaches 120 million people worldwide through its print product, live events, and marketing programs across 70 countries.
As a way to save costs and eliminate redundancy, Forbes moved to consolidate all of its departments onto Google Drive for cloud storage and collaboration. Previously, the organization deployed Google Drive as well as another cloud storage service. As part of this consolidation, Forbes needed to migrate 15 TB of content and 325 users to Google Drive.
Google Drive Migration
By the time Forbes decided to eliminate their extra cloud storage platform, they had just under three months to move their content or risk paying for a renewal. “We didn’t think the migration would be too difficult for us to manage, so at first our IT team decided to try and move the content ourselves,” said Chris LaBianca, Director of Business Systems at Forbes. “We planned to start with our most important folders and work backward from there.”
Forbes initially employed a DIY migration method: manually downloading their files from the original cloud platform and re-uploading them to Google Drive.
However, it did not take long for Forbes to realize that this do-it-yourself migration approach was not ideal. “The very first folder we attempted to migrate took us about two weeks,” LaBianca said. “We knew at that point that there was no way we were going to get our migration done on time.”
With their migration deadline looming, Forbes decided to rethink their approach to their Google Drive migration.