Atlanta-based Internet2 member Morehouse College sought a rapid and smooth transition from its local enterprise data network-attached storage (NAS) system to a more secure and compliant cloud storage and collaboration solution. Through its membership in Internet2, Morehouse learned about NET+ Box, a leading enterprise cloud content management (CCM) platform tailored to research and education institutions. Moreover it’s purpose-built to meet next-generation content storage and collaboration needs. Morehouse discovered SkySync to seamlessly perform its legacy on-premises to cloud migration within minutes. In the end, the solution was so valuable, they proposed SkySync to the Internet2 NET+ portfolio to make it available for all higher education institutions.
Morehouse College’s administration believes in transforming operations through technology and they’re taking a campus-wide cloud-first approach. Like many institutions today, Morehouse believes it’s critical to shift resources from tactical, day-to-day technology operations to more strategic services that can take scholarship and science to new levels for instance. Morehouse sought strong partnerships to make a rapid and smooth transition from its local NAS enterprise data storage system to a more secure and compliant enterprise cloud storage and collaboration solution capable of increasing user mobility and collaboration among the institution’s users.
After selecting Internet2 NET+ Box for cloud content storage and collaboration, Morehouse discovered SkySync to seamlessly migrate its legacy on-premises storage to the Box cloud platform within minutes. Morehouse found the SkySync solution so beneficial, they proposed SkySync for NET+ service validation—meeting rigorous standards and integrating service customizations for the research and education (R&E) community. As a result, NET+ SkySync is now in the early adopter phase of the NET+ cloud services lifecycle. Now higher education can benefit from a much easier transition to Box’s cloud storage and collaboration platform.
The Challenge: On-Premises to Cloud Migration & Sync
Morehouse needed to make their unstructured data more accessible to users and bring the data into full accessibility compliance without having to make unrealistic expenditures on their existing on-premises system. They also needed to address the complete on-premises to cloud migration process and move all of the data over quickly. Transferring core data storage onto encrypted hard drives was fairly straightforward. But transferring data located in various other places throughout the organization wasn’t nearly as simple. To address these broader data transfer and verification issues, Box ultimately referred Morehouse to SkySync.
As Clifford Russell, CIO at Morehouse College, described, “There are still pockets of data that need to be found, verified and transferred. A lot of that resides on desktops, so as we discover those we are able to continue to use SkySync to migrate that content.”