La solution AvePoint
After researching several third-party solutions, MTC selected AvePoint’s DocAve Migrator for SharePoint tool. In addition to DocAve Migrator’s feature set, including full-fidelity content and data migration as well as flexible job scheduling, the fact that DocAve Migrator enabled MTC to create and reuse migration jobs assured MTC they could confidently reduce the impact on day-to-day business.
“Our mission at MTC is to serve organizations seeking to achieve their business goals using Microsoft and partner technologies,” said Chuck McCann, Worldwide MTC Alliances Program Director for Microsoft. “AvePoint’s DocAve Migrator tool would best help us make the vital move to our internally hosted, cloudbased SharePoint 2010 instance quickly and efficiently, without distracting us from our mission.”
Automated, Lossless Transfer of Data to MSIT
The MTCs immediately put DocAve to work. After setting up a SharePoint 2010 staging farm, the migration team first performed an initial migration of its data from SharePoint 2007 to SharePoint 2010. After the migration to the SharePoint 2010 staging farm, DocAve job reports gave the team a clear view into the data available for migration, which included approximately 12,000 site collections and 26 gigabytes of content, and proactively create an action plan for migrating the necessary content into the hosted environment.
DocAve’s flexibility to either migrate the data granularly or in bulk gave the MTCs the ability to create migration jobs that met their specific business needs. While there were approximately 12,000 site collections in the MTC’s SharePoint 2007 environment, it was allocated one site collection. Among the data set for migration, there were approximately 200 custom-built lists. Without DocAve, MTC administrators would have had to manually recreate the lists in the new environment – including all the metadata, customizations, columns, and field values – from scratch.
“DocAve’s automated migration job scheduler ensured our administrator could confidently run migrations faster, and without disrupting ongoing business.”
-Chuck McCann – Worldwide MTC Alliances Program Director, Microsoft
The migration team was able to create automated migration jobs to run at times that would not disrupt day-to-day business. For example, The MTCs set up jobs to begin running Friday evening and then continue throughout weekends, saving time and manual effort for administrators to literally stay in MTC offices in New York to start migration jobs. DocAve’s web-based interface provided administrators the ability to monitor migration job status periodically from wherever they were located. “Giving the administrators the peace of mind to know they could check in on migration jobs from anywhere they had an internet connection because of DocAve was tremendous,” said Toby Tobescu, Senior Technology Specialist at Microsoft.