Spirent Communications is the leading provider of verification, assessment, analytics, and device intelligence solutions. They enable those who deliver networks, connected devices, and communication services to provide a superior user experience, for example. That is to say 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.
Spirent wanted a more flexible, cost-effective solution for file sharing. As its existing on-premises file servers and network shares was becoming too expensive. So Spirent Communications had sought answers in the Cloud. But 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.
The Challenge: Migrate to Office 365 OneDrive for Business
“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.”
In conclusion, Spirent needed a means to migrate to Office 365 from their previous cloud service. Including several hundred users and all of their content.
Spirent tested two popular third-party Office 365 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 Office 365 migration. Therefore 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.
In short, Spirent was able to migrate more than 400 users from their previous EFSS service into Office 365s’ OneDrive for Business in one week using SkySync’s tools.
“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 it wasn’t just SkySync’s unique technical capabilities that convinced him. What most importantly 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.”
- Sought a single platform for storage, collaboration, and productivity for cost savings
- Migrated all users in 1 week
- User adoption has been seamless