Cloud FastPath Migrates 100’s of Terabytes into Box

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt takes a phased Box migration approach for their 6000+ employees.

The name Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is virtually synonymous with educational content. When the company was founded in 1880, the entire industry was undergoing a major transition. Much the same is happening today, as content providers adapt to the digital world of the 2010s.

HMH is a global leader in Pre K-12 educational content, services and cutting-edge technology solutions, combining digital innovation and research to make learning more dynamic, engaging and effective. The company is once again demonstrating its commitment to innovation, by moving its 6,000+ employees to a cloud native SaaS content collaboration and storage system powered by Box.

This digital transformation of the business is where HMH finds strategic value in Box. The platform improves internal and partner collaboration, and the speed of digital content creation and use – the lifeblood of the organization – while also reducing costs relative to expensive Private Cloud storage. However, to ensure that HMH maximizes its investment in Box, the company needed to address its biggest concerns: get files and content into Box efficiently and facilitate employee adoption.

HMH considered shipping disks to Box but that was limited to 1TB per week — which translated to nearly 2 years for the amount of digital content being migrated. This option was obviously not viable. Using FTP resulted in thousands of file transfer errors per TB. Ultimately, HMH decided that a centrally operated and IT-driven migration solution was the best approach to moving files into Box from existing file servers.

“With Cloud FastPath we’ve been able to dramatically accelerate our migration to Box. The Tervela team has been amazing. We couldn’t have chosen a better partner for this critical project.”
– Houghton Mifflin Harcourt

Cloud FastPath: Built For Scaling Migrations to Box

Ultimately, HMH selected Cloud FastPath by Tervela, because it was the only solution that allowed the IT team to centrally manage the migration for the HMH users in a simple, timely, secure, and efficient manner. With over 100 TB of content to migrate from a combination of home drives, personal shares, project shares and networked file servers, speed was of the essence. Cloud FastPath allowed HMH to migrate upwards of 1TB per day – much faster than any alternative method. Migration speed is also a key part of making the experience smooth and disruption-free, facilitating rapid adoption among the large Box user base. All in all, the time savings from the migration was significant enough to justify the entire Cloud FastPath purchase.

Given the sensitivity of the content that HMH manages, protecting data in motion was also a critical requirement that Cloud FastPath addressed with full data encryption and point-to-point transfers that avoid the need for temporary data staging. An on-going requirement was to continually sync a small number of file servers with an archive set up in Box. HMH also leverages Cloud FastPath for this use case.

HMH tested numerous migration methods and solutions before selecting Cloud FastPath. Nothing else provides the data transfer speed, automated content migration features, and central cloud native SaaS control panel that HMH relies on to make its Box project a showcase.

Maximizing The Investment In Box

Houghton Mifflin Harcourt is a happy Cloud FastPath customer because it enabled HMH to maximize its Box investment, save migration labor and costs, deliver the project on-time, and provide employees with a best in class enterprise collaboration and digital content management solution.

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Houghton Mifflin Harcourt (NASDAQ:HMHC) is a global learning company dedicated to changing people’s lives by fostering passionate, curious learners. As a leading provider of pre-K–12 education content, services, and cutting-edge technology solutions across a variety of media, HMH enables learning in a changing landscape. HMH is uniquely positioned to create engaging and effective educational content and experiences from early childhood to beyond the classroom. HMH serves more than 50 million students in over 150 countries worldwide, while its award-winning children’s books, novels, non-fiction, and reference titles are enjoyed by readers throughout the world. For more information, visit