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Google Apps Utility Moves Data from One Account to Another
- By Dian Schaffhauser
A company that creates backup and recovery applications in the form of software-as-a-service has launched a new utility that helps institutions move data from one Google Apps user account to another, including those working with Google Apps for Education. Backupify's Migrator for Google Apps allows IT administrators to shift Gmail messages, Google Calendar events, Google Contacts, and Google Drive documents from one Google Apps account to another, while still retaining all labels, permissions, and sharing settings, according to the company.
The program can move data from one user to another with a Google Apps domain or from one domain to another. It handles bulk migrations from multiple users simultaneously. It also provides a dashboard to allow IT staff to view real-time progress of the migration process.
The service is free for the first migration. After that, the company charges for migrations in "packages" of 10 for $149. Customers who use Backupify for Google Apps, the firm's backup program for Google Apps files, get the use of Migrator as part of that service.
Schools that are transitioning graduates from student to alumni domains can use Migrator to automate the process of migrating information maintained by each student in what may now be an archived account to a new account.
The company said the utility is also useful for de-provisioning a departing Google Apps user who requests that all of the school data be moved to another domain altogether or in situations where the organization is undergoing a domain change and needs to shift users to the new domain.
Dian Schaffhauser is a senior contributing editor for 1105 Media's education publications THE Journal and Campus Technology. She can be reached at firstname.lastname@example.org or on Twitter @schaffhauser.