BoilerBackpack with Syncplicity storage service retirement delayed

BoilerBackpack powered by Syncplicity, a file storage, syncing and sharing service Purdue began offering to faculty, staff and students in 2012, won’t be retired July 31 as originally planned. ITaP is exploring options meant to ease the transition for users.

BoilerBackpack will still be retired at a date yet to be determined. ITaP will notify users when a decision is made. Users’ files will not be affected at this time.

Users are welcome to move stored files that they want to keep to another storage option now if they prefer. One option is Microsoft’s OneDrive for Business, which is available to the campus community at no cost.

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 plans to retire BoilerBackpack because Purdue’s licensing of Office 365 includes OneDrive for Business storage. OneDrive for Business offers faculty, staff and students a terabyte of space each, while BoilerBackpack offers 150 gigabytes, one-seventh of OneDrive for Business’s capacity. Eliminating a redundant service like BoilerBackpack is in keeping with Purdue’s goal of cost reduction and affordability.

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

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

Last updated: July 24, 2017

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