Coats is the world's leading industrial thread and consumer textile crafts business. One in five of all garments that are manufactured worldwide are manufactured with Coats thread. We are a very international organization, operating in 70 countries around the world, 168 locations, and a very diverse range of products and services.
We've had Notes, and it's served us really well for the last 15 years. However, over time, as the world's communication needs have changed and as we've globalized more, there's been a real need to move into new world technologies where collaboration is a lot easier. When we lose our communication platforms, we have a major impact to our business. More importantly, when we lose communications to our customers, because we communicate through these tools as well, we can't serve them the way that we should be serving them.
Our challenge was to migrate 7,500 users who were geographically dispersed across the organization, and we're having to do that as seamlessly as possible.
We're talking about mailboxes that were 10, 15, 20, 25, 30 gigabytes in size, and that's no easy challenge. The first part of our selection process was to choose the product suite, which was Microsoft. We then went to Microsoft and said, we need a partner to help us with this. And the partner they recommended was InfraScience.
InfraScience is a professional services firm, and our mission is to help companies maximize their investments in infrastructure. When we work with a client like Coats, our job as a consultant is to bring experience, expertise, and our relationships, such as our relationship with Dell Software, to the table in order to get things done on their behalf.
Dell Software Solutions help our customers migrate to the latest Microsoft platforms with little to no impact to end users. In fact, we've helped our customers move more than 40 million mailboxes to Microsoft Exchange and Office 365.
The first solution that came to mind in helping Coats achieve their goals was Notes Migrator, because of the reporting features that you have so that you know data has been migrated properly. As well as the coexistence features in the Migration Suite are very critical to success of the project. Coats had a tight deadline. They needed to be out of their existing data center or they faced penalties by that vendor. That date was five months from the start of the project.
And having used the Notes Migrator for Exchange gave us that ability to move fast. Without it, it wouldn't been a very manual process. We wouldn't have had the ability to migrate all of these countries around the globe in the time frames that we needed.
We were actually migrating 300 users per night. We had a cut-over almost instantaneously from old to new technology, which meant that people could keep working.
Having used our great partners InfraScience, Microsoft, and Dell Software and their associated solutions meant we could hit our time frames of five months to migrate 70 odd countries, 150 sites, in extremely complex infrastructure environments.
Dell Software will continue producing the right migration solutions. And teaming up with skilled partners like InfraScience to ensure smooth, successful migrations for our customers.
One of the things that we know is a clear benefit to our customers when we're all three working together as a team is the speed at which we can deliver a solution.
Today, Coats, through the collaboration tools that we have now, is a true global company. We can share ideas across the globe. We can offer services across the globe, and do it in a consistent way that keeps our cost down.