How to Move Your File Server to Google Drive

by Denise Hazime on August 31, 2017

A case no longer has to be made for the migration of files to the cloud. Files in cloud storage can be accessed from anywhere, and the costs of maintaining legacy file servers can be eliminated completely. If you move your entire company’s file system from your current solution to Google Drive, all you need to administer it is G Suite’s administration tools. This reduces the load on your IT staff and eliminates unnecessary legacy IT costs.

With the introduction of Team Drives, AppBridge and Drive File Stream, it is now possible to seamlessly move your company file system to the cloud with Google Drive. We’ll give you a few tips to make the transition smoothly.

Step 1: Get G Suite Business

If you are just on G Suite’s basic plan, the storage won’t be enough for your company unless you are a 1-2 person outfit and you won’t be able to use Team Drives. G Suite for Business has many advantages over the basic plan, including Team Drives, unlimited cloud storage and Smart Search, which will allow you to find your Drive files from any Google App or Google Drive. The upgrade isn’t expensive - G Suite Business is only $10 per user. Contact UpCurve Cloud today to get started.  

Step 2: Set Up Team Drives

Team Drives act much like your legacy file server in that you can share files within the organization, within certain departments, and so on. Better yet, you can access the files from anywhere in the world without the use of a VPN - you just need to log in with your Google account.

Once you’ve upgraded your plan, you’ll want to set up Team Drives in Google Drive. Google has a step-by-step guide on how to do this.

Step 3: Use AppBridge for Migration

Google recently required AppBridge for the specific purpose of helping G Suite clients to migrate their files from legacy on-premise or hybrid file storage solutions. AppBridge allows for both your initial file migration and sharing files between software solutions. Find out more here.  

Step 4: Set up Drive File Stream

Once your cloud migration is complete, set up Drive File Stream to allow for even easier access - online and offline - to your company files. Team Drives will allow you to access everything easily from within Google Drive, but Drive File Steam offers additional functionality offline. Drive File Stream is only available as an early adopter program right now, but if you are an UpCurve Cloud client we can get you on board early.

UpCurve Cloud can help you manage your entire cloud migration to G Suite and the proper setup of Google Drive to get things running smoothly. Get in touch with us to find out more.

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PRODUCT: G Suite by Google Cloud

AUDIENCE: End Users