Metalogix announced the launch of the Cloud Acceleration Suite and Partner Program to help clients deploy collaboration capabilities in the cloud platform of their choice, including Microsoft Office 365, Microsoft Azure, Amazon Web Services, and hybrid and private cloud.
The program brings together Metalogix migration and management tools for collaboration platforms and qualified Microsoft cloud deployment partners to offer organizations a complete solution for migration of email, files and SharePoint content to the cloud.
The partner program joins together experts in deploying cloud-based collaboration platforms. Cloud Acceleration Partners are qualified and trained to use the company’s Cloud Acceleration Suite to achieve each client’s business goals on their chosen cloud platform.
These partners can help clients at each step of their cloud journey including developing a migration roadmap, establishing governance and management processes and securing sensitive content.
"Moving to cloud based collaboration platforms presents a unique set of challenges for customers," Steve Marsh, director of product marketing at Metalogix Software, told eWeek. "We provide the expert tools needed to move but business also need the experience and expertise of a partner organization to assist with the planning, business transformation process and roll out to ensure a successful migration. The Cloud Acceleration Suite and partner program means that customers have one place to provide all that they need to move their collaboration to the cloud."
To help companies provision, configure and fund their cloud migration, Microsoft‘s FastTrack program makes funds available to Microsoft clients who enlist the help of a Microsoft qualified partner to conduct adoption activities through March 2015.
All six inaugural partners are Microsoft qualified FastTrack partners, including BrightStarr, Cardinal Solutions, En Pointe, Neudesic, Slalom Consulting and Statera.The company’s Cloud Acceleration Suite contains tools for deployment, adoption and ongoing management of cloud-based collaboration platforms.
"One of the things that most often trips up businesses is the amount of time that it will actually take to move to the cloud, often resulting in dissatisfaction with the project and in some case putting the whole initiative in jeopardy," Marsh explained. "There are also education and change management elements that must be included to ensure successful adoption by the business."
These tools are designed to provide IT professionals a unified solution for the migration of email, files and SharePoint content into OneDrive for Business, Office 365 and other cloud-based collaboration platforms.
Employees are also provided a variety of tools to move business content from their personal cloud storage into their corporate cloud storage accounts. Once migrated to the cloud, the suite provides tools for the on-going management of sites, security, users, content and metadata.
"The main growth area [in cloud computing] that we will see is the increase in hybrid deployments spanning multiple cloud platforms from multiple vendors," Marsh said. "Businesses will need to ensure that they select the toolset that will enable them to securely manage their content, while not negatively impacting productivity and also allow them the flexibility to manage across all the different cloud repositories and facilitate movement of content between them."