WebSpace Retirement Project
WebSpace was retired from service on May 22, 2014. Please contact the ITS Help Desk with any questions.
On May 22, 2014, Information Technology Services (ITS), in conjunction with the Information Security Office (ISO), retired WebSpace, a legacy online file storage and sharing service. Retiring WebSpace will include a comprehensive communication plan as well as working directly with customers to migrate content to alternative solutions such as UTBox or Google Drive/Sites. This proposal was endorsed by the IT Architecture & Infrastructure Committee and the Operational Information Technology Committee.
Over the past year, several security vulnerabilities were discovered in the application platform used by WebSpace; these vulnerabilities were not addressed by the vendor in a timely manner. As a consequence, ITS and the ISO were required to take drastic measures to protect the University’s sensitive data, resulting in great inconvenience to our customers. Confidence in the vendor to satisfactorily address any new vulnerability is low. Moving away from WebSpace will help the University avoid future data loss and further service disruption to customers.
Alternatives to WebSpace
Campus IT governance has asked ITS to re-evaluate major service offerings and look for better solutions. In the case of WebSpace, more robust and secure alternatives are now available and will help mitigate against future risks.
- Current faculty and staff are eligible to use the new UTBox cloud based file sharing service for business use. UTBox is approved secure by ISO and offers 25 GB (gigabyte) of storage. Instructions on how to migrate content from WebSpace are available.
- Students can use Google Drive (a feature of UTmail accounts) for file sharing, collaboration and storage, which also offers 25 GB of storage.
Web Publishing Options
- Account holders using WebSpace for web publishing can use Google Drive and Google Sites associated with UTmail accounts to host web pages. The University Blog Service also provides web publishing using the WordPress platform.
- Beginning October 14, 2013, Austin Disk is the new default destination for Green Output.
Please contact the ITS Help Desk with any questions or for assistance migrating WebSpace content to an alternative service.
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