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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.

Salesforce Names Spanning Backup an App Every Smart Business Should Know About

Following the Dreamforce ‘16 AppExchange sessions, Salesforce rounded up the top apps every smart business should know about to continue growing their business into an eBook – and we’re proud to share that Spanning Backup for Salesforce was selected as one of the must-haves from more than 3,000 sessions. In the 88 Apps Every Smart […]


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We’re a 2016 SaaS Awards Finalist – Best Enterprise-Level SaaS Product

We’re thrilled to announce that Spanning Backup has been named a finalist for the 2016 SaaS Awards. A sister program to the Cloud Awards, the SaaS Awards celebrate international excellence and innovation in SaaS solutions across public clouds, as well as alongside private, single-tenant solutions, off-premises or on-premises. Our SaaS data protection offering, Spanning Backup […]


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Using the Pareto Principle to Help Manage Cloud and SaaS Data Risk

The Pareto Principle is familiar to most people as the 80-20 rule. When it comes to cloud data risk, applying the Pareto Principle can help an organization focus risk management on where common risks originate, and where the risks may be significant.


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Fact or Fiction? New Infographic Reveals Latest Trends in SaaS Industry after International Research

In late 2015, Spanning by EMC commissioned a survey of more than 1,000 IT decision makers across the U.S. and U.K. to better understand the trends in the use, perceptions, regulations, and impact of the cloud. The findings revealed a few notable divides between U.S. and U.K. perceptions and behaviors, but overall, the data tells an encouraging story about the SaaS industry.


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The Misconceptions and Realities of Data Protection in Cloud-based Office Productivity Suites Today

Speaking with customers and prospects is the Spanning product team’s number one priority, and we continue to hear some common themes related to SaaS data protection. It’s always nice to see our findings confirmed by others, “


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Is your cloud strategy on solid ground? Learn how to protect PHI in SaaS apps.

Healthcare payers and providers, as well as organizations in the pharmaceutical industry, are faced with unique challenges in our hyper-connected era. While being expected to improve speed, quality, and accessibility of care and operations, they’re also required to maintain strict privacy and security standards in order to comply with industry mandates, like the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).


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Ransomware Is On the Rise – Is Your SaaS Data Protected?

“Ransomware” and “backup” have become a hot topic well beyond the IT security community, due in part to a recent ransomware attack on Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center. To recap for those who aren’t familiar with the story, the 400-bed hospital in Southern California was forced to move more than 900 patients to other facilities, as well […]


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New Feature for Spanning Backup for Salesforce: Cross-Org Restore

If you’re a Salesforce admin, Salesforce developer, or business analyst working with Salesforce, you know keeping your development and testing environments – your Sandboxes – loaded with production data is vital to ensuring new configurations and improvements will deliver their required results. Wouldn’t it be great to reduce the work it takes to populate a Sandbox or developer org with production data and do so whenever you needed? In early March, there will be a better way.


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Think Twice About Using Litigation Hold to Protect Your Data in Office 365

The migration is happening now! People are determining which workloads they can send to the cloud, and many are choosing to migrate their Microsoft Office productivity tools to Office 365.


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Salesforce User Group Report: What a Difference a Year (and a Half) Makes!

I last visited the Portland Salesforce User Group in mid-July 2014. It was my first Salesforce User Group presentation, and my first educational outreach to raise awareness about Salesforce data loss risk. In this blog post, you’ll learn about what’s changed over the past year and a half – including actions taken to prepare for data loss risk among the Salesforce Community in Portland.


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