BoilerBackpack with Syncplicity storage service retirement now set for Oct. 31

BoilerBackpack powered by Syncplicity, a file storage, syncing and sharing service Purdue began offering to faculty, staff and students in 2012, is scheduled to be retired Oct. 31.

Once BoilerBackpack is retired, users still will be able to access their files, although the syncing and sharing features of Syncplicity will no longer be available. ITaP is copying all data from Syncplicity into a share on Purdue's Isilon storage system. Individual user access will be set up so that data can then be retrieved at the user's leisure. A follow-up email containing a link to a knowledge base article describing the steps necessary to retrieve individual user data will be sent to users.

Purdue users now have free access to Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business, which is available to the campus community at no cost and offers syncing and sharing features. OneDrive for Business also offers faculty, staff and students a terabyte of space each, while BoilerBackpack has offered 150 gigabytes, one-seventh of OneDrive for Business’s capacity.

Users are welcome to move stored files that they want to keep to OneDrive for Business or another storage option now if they prefer. They will be able to do so after Oct. 31 as well.

For information on setting up Office 365 with OneDrive for Business through Purdue visit

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

ITaP retired BoilerBackpack because the Purdue’s licensing of Office 365 includes OneDrive for Business storage. Eliminating a redundant service like BoilerBackpack is in keeping with Purdue’s goal of cost reduction and affordability.

For further information and assistance, please contact technical support for your campus unit or Tech Support at the ITaP Customer Service Center by calling 49-44000 or by emailing

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

Last updated: October 23, 2017

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