Teach for America, founded 25 years ago is a non-profit organization with a mission to eliminate educational inequity. Their goal is to develop committed leaders in our classrooms today who will continue to fight for our students tomorrow. The organization recruits committed recent college graduates and professionals of all backgrounds for example, to teach for two years in urban and rural public schools. It also trains and develops these corps members so that they have an immediate positive impact on their students.
TFA had content scattered across 50 regional offices, but no simple way to access and share organizational data located within local Network File Systems. So employees began using Cloud storage services on their own with no oversight or security from IT.
The Challenge: Network File Share Migration & Consolidation
Teach for America wanted to give users ownership of their content, and enable secure sharing within the organization. So TFA’s IT department made the decision to migrate its more than 2,500 users from on-premises NFS to Box. However, moving that content manually and organizing it into individual Box accounts became a time-consuming process.
“Initially we let users pick and choose what they wanted to move to Box on their own. But some users had more than 10GB of data each. It was decided that IT should handle such a complex process. We needed something that could easily sync our local servers to Box, while maintaining our permissions and file structures as well,” said Amish Chudasama, Senior Director of Enterprise Services and Integrations at Teach for America.