Cloud FastPath: Case Study
Migrating SMB Files To Citrix ShareFile
“Being introduced to Cloud FastPath was extremely helpful because it was the only solution that enabled us to fully migrate our data into ShareFile’s storage solution. ShareFile and Cloud FastPath saved me thousands of dollars in hardware and operational costs, I am indebted to you for that.” – Ian, TCG Group
Meet Ian From Tourney Consulting Group: Accountant By Day, IT Specialist By Night
Meet Ian, the Accountant and “unofficial” IT Specialist at Tourney Consulting Group. TCG is a prosperous engineering services firm with 15 full-time employees across North America. Like many professional firms, TCG needs to remain nimble and focused when it comes to IT, while also balancing a lean budget. That means optimizing local storage infrastructure and moving file storage and collaboration tools into the cloud.
The cloud helps TCG reduce complexity, security and risk, while cutting costs at the same time. ShareFile allows TCG to access information and collaborate with team members and customers anywhere, at any time. ShareFile also provides TCG with an affordable data storage solution. The challenge is that migrating to the cloud isn’t like flipping a switch. Years of amassed data, combined with active projects happening at all times, complicated migration.
- Migrating many GBs or TBs can take weeks, sometimes months
- The firm is constantly generating more data
- For large data migrations, frequent errors and corruptions are the norm– Ian is running a business and can’t babysit the process
- Shipping a hard drive is archaic, and requires IT handiwork to keep the critical data safe and secure
IAN IS NOT ALONE Even though file sharing and collaboration is a Top 5 IT priority at 59% of US small businesses and 93% of US midmarket businesses*, all types of business struggle with migration issues, including:
- Law practices
- Medical partnerships
- Construction & architecture
- Design & marketing firms
- Manufacturing companies
- Many others
Cloud FastPath: Simple Migration To The Cloud
After trying multiple data migration options, Ian’s team at TCG chose Cloud FastPath – a simple, fast, and secure way to move their data to ShareFile, their new file collaboration and storage platform. Cloud FastPath worked up to 50 times faster than sync tools and FTP. It completely automated the process of moving TCG’s core data into ShareFile. And it was secure. No data ever touched the Cloud FastPath service, it all went directly from TCG’s servers into ShareFile.
Cloud FastPath makes the migration process extremely simple. A software agent is downloaded and installed in each local office where files are stored. They connect to the Cloud FastPath web service, which is configured to talk directly to ShareFile through a specialized gateway. Point to the appropriate files, folders or directories, and Cloud FastPath moves them automatically to the appropriate ShareFile account, handling permissions along the way.
How Cloud FastPath Migrated TCG’s Data
Cloud FastPath is designed to be easy, making migrations to the cloud a breeze. After creating an account on the Cloud FastPath website, TCG followed a few simple steps:
1. Download and install a software agent in local environments.
That’s a simple download to any remote worker’s laptop or local file storage.
2. Connect to ShareFile.
Pre-configured settings for popular services make this as simple as connecting Cloud FastPath to your existing ShareFile account.
3. Select the files and schedule the migration.
No data chunking, no moving everything to a single directory first – Cloud FastPath takes the data in its current form from where it resides today.
4. Sync, monitor and report.
Cloud FastPath handles everything, no matter where it sits or what errors are encountered along the way. Sync features allow for easy error retry and delta capture.
Cloud FastPath Made The Cloud Easy
When it comes to leveraging technology for business, TCG staff and business partners value security, efficiency, and affordability. Though Ian was eager to move the business to the cloud, the disruption of such a migration prevented him from doing so.
Once Cloud FastPath came along, Ian was able to get TCG in the cloud easily, affordably and within a couple of days, with no disruption to ongoing business operations. Cloud FastPath made TCG’s transition to the cloud simple, fast and secure.