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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.

What G Suite and Office 365 Admins Need to Know Now About Ransomware Attacks

Ransomware has proven to be a growth industry in 2016, in part due to increases in “Ransomware as a Service” and the risks ransomware poses to SaaS applications like G Suite (formerly Google Apps) and Office 365. In this post, you’ll learn: What’s changed over the past year What that might mean for 2017 The […]


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Automate Licensing in Spanning Backup for Office 365 with Our New API

Almost every IT manager and admin I meet is looking for ways to work more quickly and efficiently. Rather than viewing automation as the enemy of job security, these pros realize that it can free up time for IT to focus on more strategic tasks. Automation can also help ensure traditional processes like backup occur […]


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How SThree Backs Up 2,400 Salesforce Users With One Solution

We’re happy to be at Salesforce World Tour New York this week in Booth #136, talking to all kinds of companies about how Spanning Backup for Salesforce can protect their Salesforce data in the cloud. Here’s to hoping we’ll see you there! And meanwhile, here’s an example of what we’re doing for organizations that rely […]


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Spanning Backup for G Suite Gives Global Creative Agency Confidence to Move All Data to G Suite

Bartle Bogle Hegarty (BBH) was in the process of moving data and applications incrementally to G Suite when the global creative agency discovered Spanning Backup for G Suite. The backup and restore solution’s performance so impressed the firm’s Global Google Technical Lead, he decided to accelerate the timeline for fully transitioning agency data to G […]


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New Features for Spanning Backup for Salesforce: Multi-Object Restores & Granular Display of Metadata

If you’re a Salesforce admin or developer and want a faster, easier, more reliable way to restore your Salesforce data, Spanning by Dell EMC listens – and delivers. With Spanning Backup for Salesforce new feature releases, you now have a better way to restore your data, to populate Sandboxes, and to monitor metadata changes. In […]


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Catholic Education Diocese: Spanning Backup for G Suite Makes the Grade

With thousands of students, teachers, and staff members counting on G Suite for education technology, the Catholic Education Diocese of Parramatta in New South Wales Australia needs the most reliable backup available to protect its content in the cloud. So when the diocese’s technology services provider couldn’t offer a cloud backup solution, the diocese turned […]


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Don’t Be a Statistic: Protect Your Office 365 Data

Don’t Be a Statistic: Protect Your Office 365 Data It’s a fact – 77% of companies that use SaaS applications have suffered a data loss, according to a recent survey by Dell EMC. That’s a lot higher than the 58% in an IDG survey a year earlier than ours. Clearly, the risk of losing data […]


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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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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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SaaS is Changing Everything – Including Data Loss Risk from Admin Error

As seen on EMC’s The Core Software-as-a-Service (SaaS) has a history unlike that of on-premises software, and the people who manage and administer SaaS applications reflect that difference. When it comes to data protection, that difference matters, as you’ll learn. What is SaaS, and does it REALLY differ from on-premises or from hosted applications? SaaS […]


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