Guide: How to Migrate to Google Drive with Cloud FastPath

Cloud FastPath is a simple, secure, and fast solution for the movement of large filesets into or out of Google Drive from on-premises fileservers or between cloud storage providers. Our solution is ideal for mass migrations of users or transfers of many files to Google Drive. Cloud FastPath can support tens of thousands of users and millions of files.

Besides Cloud FastPath, there are generally 3 ways to approach a Google Drive Migration.

  • Through the browser (user driven)
  • Scripting
  • Shipping disks

When thousands of end users are left on their own to perform a migration it is likely to be unsuccessful and extremely chaotic. This method will probably take the most time since IT has to depend on its users to take the initiative to move their own content to Google Drive. Attempts to migrate large filesets into Google Drive through the browser are typically met with failed transfers and slow transfer rates. Even worse, after transfers fail they do not start from where they left off, they start from the beginning, creating massive duplication and wasting valuable storage space. For a company with hundreds or thousands of users duplication is your worst enemy and cleaning up mass duplication might not even be possible. These do-overs are also costly in terms of time taken to execute a migration.

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Shipping disks may be appropriate for enormous transfers of stale content. However this is rarely the case for many companies moving to Google Drive. Managing shipping disks from multiple locations is typically impossible due to availability of the service or plausibility. For a company with many thousands of employees the amount of files that would change during the time a disk ships is astronomical. In addition, if there is not qualified IT staff at every location there may be a fileserver this method will be insufficient.

After evaluating the previous two options many sysadmins think “I can just create a tool”. In many cases where there are not more than a few dozen users and the content is simple in terms of size, type, and locations, this solution is perfectly viable. However, the more complicated a migration to Google Drive becomes, the more homebrewed scripting will fall short. Creating an effective error handling process can take months or years of testing. Creating methods to deploy the program in many locations is difficult. Developing a reporting infrastructure would add hundreds of hours of work. Also, it is worth noting that Google Drive does not support FTP and other open-source transfer options.

So why use a Google Migration Tool like Cloud FastPath? Cloud FastPath provides the framework to orchestrated organized and successful migrations to Google Drive. Cloud FastPath’s features support you throughout the entire migration process – planning, executing, and post migration.

Planning:

During the planning phase Cloud FastPath’s simulation feature gives the ability to scope a fileset before migrating to Google Drive. Filtering and searching on aspects such as filesize, owner, and last modified time gives you a clear idea of what will be migrated and what can be left behind. Account, group, and permission mapping provide the opportunity to reorganize a permission hierarchy and identify security holes.

Execution:

During the execution phase Cloud FastPath’s speed greatly reduces the amount of time spent actually sending files to Google Drive. WAN optimization places the most costly file executions nearest to Google servers. Tervela’s proprietary protocols are the best in the business for moving files through the wire. Filetype and error handling ensure migration jobs are successful at a high rate. Cloud FastPath’s experience allows us to mitigate existing bugs with source and destination API’s and systems.

Post Migration:

Cloud FastPath’s thorough reporting gives assurance as to exactly what was moved, where it was moved to, and if it was successful. There is no guessing if your files successfully made it to Google Drive.

Watch the demo: how to quickly transfer files to Google Drive.