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Project Launched to Retire Box by August 2022

Posted Date: 5 Oct 2020

Modified Date: 4 May 2021

Effective Date: 5 Oct 2020

Northwestern is preparing to transition from Box, the University’s cloud-based data and file storage service, to Microsoft cloud-storage platforms such as OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams, by August 2022.

The multi-phase Box Transition Project, in partnerships with technology leaders across campus, will occur over two years and conclude with the retirement of Box on August 31, 2022. An increase in pricing and Box’s decision to end unlimited storage are the drivers for this change. Additionally, Northwestern students, faculty, and staff already have access to a broad range of Microsoft Office 365 applications and add-ins that offer many of the features available on Box, such as file sharing, access control, and live editing.  

Impact on the Northwestern Community

For almost all Box users, no action is required at this time. You can continue to use Box as you usually do. 

For those who own Box accounts exceeding 5 TB of storage, beginning this month and continuing through early next year, Northwestern IT staff and campus IT leaders will be in touch to discuss the next steps. The purpose of these meetings is to develop a targeted plan for moving data to the Research Data Storage Service (RDSS) or FSM RES Files (FSMResFILES).  

As noted above, for almost all of the campus community, there is no action needed at this time. Northwestern IT will provide more information to the University community in the coming months. In the meantime, please visit the Box Transition Project for answers to frequently asked questions and timely updates as the project progresses.    

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