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No limits: Box at IU removes storage quotas

Now you can collaborate and share to infinity and beyond with Box

Do you know how much space you have left in your Box at IU account? As of today, it doesn’t matter – IU tech leaders announced that all Box accounts now have unlimited storage. You don’t need to do anything to take advantage of this new perk – simply log into Box and start storing and collaborating.

Since April 2012, the IU Box service has provided a simple, secure way to share and store files and folders online. You can create files and folders, share them using a direct link, invite others to collaborate, and continue to revise and review your content.

This change to unlimited storage is in line with IU’s "Philosophy of Abundance" stance on technology, which strives for the easy availability of IT services to enhance the teaching, learning, and research missions of the university. In the same spirit, IU is currently putting in place infrastructure upgrades to offer unlimited storage on Exchange email accounts. Look for an announcement this summer.

"We are happy to give faculty, staff and students access to leading-edge collaboration technologies without the constraints imposed by quotas, whether that is with cloud services like Box or environments we manage at IU like Exchange," said Dennis Cromwell, IU associate vice president of client services and support. "Improving the tech experience at IU is always one of our top goals, and we think our 80,000 active Box users will appreciate the change."

Storage is unlimited, but file size is not – 15GB remains the largest file size allowed. That is immense, considering 1GB holds about 16 hours of music or nearly 600 photos. If you’re feeling constrained, know that you can now store as many 15GB files as you like.

Bob Flynn, Box at IU project manager, is excited about the possibilities for IU departments. "Large quotas are a frequent request for researchers and for departments looking to retire file servers," he said. "Box is now unlimited storage at no additional cost to them. They can store as much of their work product and personal data as they want there. It’s safe, it’s backed up, and now there’s no limit."