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Welcome to "Cracking the Cloud," Spanning's blog about all things cloud, including backup and recovery, data protection, SaaS, data security, Office 365, Google Apps, Salesforce, and so much more.

Protect, Detect, Respond and Recover: Mitigating the Risks of Cyber Security

The news headlines about cybersecurity threats and ransomware attacks seem to be a daily occurrence, both in IT industry news and in the mainstream media. And it’s scary. Here are a few headlines from just this week: After the NSA hack: Cybersecurity in an even more vulnerable world ‘Massive’ Locky ransomware campaign targets hospitals Hackers […]


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Spanning Backup for Office 365 Launches Overseas Just in Time for Microsoft Ignite

Back in May, we officially announced that our backup and restore solution for Office 365, the best way for businesses to protect their Office 365 data, was expanding to include OneDrive. Since then, we’ve empowered many organizations from all industries and of various sizes across North America with automated backup of their Office 365 data. […]


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New Feature for Spanning Backup for Salesforce: Custom Scheduled Backup Time

Salesforce admins and developers who want to be sure their data and customizations are protected now have a new option: Custom Scheduled Backup Time for Spanning Backup for Salesforce. This is yet another new feature Spanning is delivering to meet the industry’s enterprise-class Salesforce backup and restore needs. We’ve heard from many of you that […]


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Proud to be Part of Salesforce’s Ecosystem, aka The SaaS Community Garden

It’s one thing to garden for oneself, and another thing to create a garden that feeds an entire community – and as today’s IDC research shows, Salesforce and its ecosystem have grown to feed a world of technology partners, new admins, and new developers. According to IDC, Salesforce and its ecosystem are forecast to enable […]


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 2 – Litigation Hold

Part 2: Litigation Hold In part 1, we discussed how you need to rely on more than the default retention times in Exchange Online to fully protect your data from accidental deletion. In part 2, we’ll discuss if Litigation Hold is a good-enough data protection solution for Office 365. Does Microsoft protect against human error? […]


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Spanning Joins Dell Technologies – Let the Transformation Begin

We’re excited about making tech history by participating in the world’s largest technology merger as Dell and EMC combine forces to become the premier end-to-end technology company. The momentous acquisition is effective today and that means that we are now Spanning by Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies. For the team at Spanning, I […]


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It’s a Bling Thing: Spanning Backup for Salesforce is Lightning Ready Certified

We are pleased to announce that Spanning Backup for Salesforce is now Lightning Ready Certified – and is the first and only AppExchange backup and restore product to be so designated. So if you notice the new “Lightning Ready” bling on our AppExchange listing, know that it’s because we’ve updated our easy-to-use, in-app user experience […]


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 1 – Is Doing Nothing Really Good Enough?

Spanning Backup for Office 365 is backup as a service for Office 365 Mail, Calendars, and OneDrive for Business. We do the backups, and restores, that you would have done on-premises for these applications. People still ask us…”Wait, doesn’t Microsoft do this for me?” After all, you pay Microsoft a monthly per-user fee to host […]


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Google Apps for Work in the Enterprise: “Rumors of my death have been greatly exaggerated.”

Is Google Apps still relevant for the enterprise? And if it is, how should Google for Work enterprises plan to recover from ransomware attacks? In this blog, you’ll learn why news of Google Apps demise in the enterprise is not really accurate, and you’ll learn how to minimize the risk and recover quickly from ransomware. […]


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Google Apps and Spanning Backup: Talkin’ About an Evolution

Innovations are innovative as long as they meet a need in fresh new ways–and four years ago, Spanning’s innovative Free Tools were embraced by millions of customers who needed to fill some gaps in Google Apps. Over time, Google’s products have evolved to fill the gaps addressed by Spanning’s Free Tools, and as a result, […]


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