Moving Out of Box

Faculty and staff
Ravi Pendse
Friday, March 12, 2021

Dear faculty and staff,

I am writing to inform you that one of the university’s primary cloud-data storage options — U‑M Box — is going away in December 2021. As you may be aware, we launched U‑M Dropbox this past June with the goal of replacing U‑M Box as the university’s primary data storage service.

Information and Technology Services has been partnering with representatives ("Unit Ambassadors") from U‑M schools, colleges, and units to develop a plan to help you migrate your data from U‑M Box to U‑M Dropbox. The first step you can take is to create a U‑M Dropbox account, if you don’t already have one.

Please look for additional communications soon from the Unit Ambassador in your unit explaining what you need to do next. They also will be available to answer specific questions you might have. Students will receive additional information from ITS in the coming weeks.

ITS is committed to guiding the university community through this change as we migrate our data out of Box and into other storage solutions, such as U‑M Dropbox. More information about the migration can be found on the U‑M Box Retirement website, along with a Guide to Getting Started.

Please reach out to me any time I can be of assistance.

Best regards,

Ravi Pendse, PhD
Vice President for Information Technology and Chief Information Officer
University of Michigan