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Cloud Storage Committee Recommends OneDrive

After nearly a year of evaluating three major cloud-storage products, the University’s Cloud Storage Committee recommended in March 2016 that the campus select Microsoft OneDrive as the primary collaboration tool for storage and sharing of University data, including sensitive information.

The committee recommended Microsoft OneDrive over and Dropbox. The three vendors presented their final pitches to the committee, which had about 30 members, in December 2015. The committee recommended OneDrive for multiple reasons. OneDrive contains e-discovery tools and security tools to better protect sensitive data. OneDrive is included in the current Microsoft license with no additional cost to the University. It also integrates well with other Microsoft Office products and has unlimited storage. In addition, having a common tool with other universities that have or are migrating to Office 365, including OneDrive, enables collaboration.

OneDrive will be released for students in Fall 2016, with faculty and staff access to follow after.

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