BoilerBackpack storage service retiring July 31, files need to be moved

ITaP is reminding faculty, staff and students who use BoilerBackpack powered by Syncplicity, a file storage, syncing and sharing service Purdue began offering in 2012, that it will be retired by July 31.

BoilerBackpack users should move stored files that they want to keep to another storage option before then. One option is Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business, which is available to the campus community now at no cost. OneDrive for Business has the advantage of offering faculty, staff and students a terabyte of space each. BoilerBackpack in contrast generally offers 150 gigabytes, one-seventh of OneDrive for Business’s capacity.

For information on setting up Office 365 with OneDrive for Business through Purdue visit https://www.itap.purdue.edu/shopping/software/product/office365.html.

For information on transferring files from BoilerBackpack to OneDrive for Business, as well as sharing and syncing files and using OneDrive for Business with iOS, Android, macOS and Windows, see http://www.purdue.edu/goldanswers/696556.

Under Purdue’s data storage policies, it may not be appropriate to store some types of data on off-campus options like OneDrive for Business. For more information visit Secure Purdue’s Data Classification & Handling website.

Purdue was one of the first schools to offer what was, for the time, mass, available-anywhere network storage to its faculty, staff and students for their digital belongings. ITaP later added the syncing and sharing features via Syncplicity after users requested it. OneDrive for Business has built in syncing and sharing functionality

“BoilerBackpack was an innovative, useful service when Purdue rolled it out five years ago,” says Dan Schumacher, ITaP’s interim executive director for infrastructure services. “Technology continually advances, however, and there are now much better options.”

For more information and assistance, contact Tech Support at the ITaP Customer Service Center by calling 49-44000 or emailing itap@purdue.edu.

Writer: Greg Kline, science and technology writer, Information Technology at Purdue (ITaP), 765-494-8167 (office), 765-426-8545 (mobile), gkline@purdue.edu

Last updated: June 22, 2017

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