Service Description 

The MiBackup service provides networked backup of data on your server-level machines (such as application and file servers, server-side databases, and research data collections). MiBackup is a client/server application that lets you back up files from, and restore files to, your server over the network. This service is offered to members of the University of Michigan community through an annual contract.


MiBackup is a U-M service that is maintained on the Ann Arbor campus.

MiBackup includes the safeguards required by HIPAA. Accordingly, you may use it to maintain Protected Health Information (PHI).  Complying with HIPAA's requirements is a shared responsibility. Users sharing and storing PHI in MiBackup are responsible for complying with HIPAA safeguards, including:

  • Using and disclosing only the minimum necessary PHI for the intended purpose.
  • Obtaining all required authorizations for using and disclosing PHI.
  • Ensuring that PHI is seen only by those who are authorized to see it.
  • Following any additional steps required by your unit to comply with HIPAA.

Social Security Numbers should only be used where required by law or where they are essential for university business processes. If you must use SSNs, it is preferred that you use institutional resources designed to house this data, such as the Data Warehouse. Information Assurance (IA) can help you explore appropriate storage locations or work with you to appropriately encrypt the data if those alternatives will not work for you. (Contact IA via the ITS Service Center.)