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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, G Suite, Salesforce, and so much more.

What Yesterday’s Gmail Attack Taught Us

Data Protection is a shared responsibility. The Internet was all abuzz yesterday when a sophisticated Gmail phishing attack hit.  The rogue email, often appearing to be sent from one of your contacts, masqueraded as a Google Docs sharing request, but in actuality was a link that requests the user to grant access to an application […]


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Market Momentum Accelerates with Spanning Backup for G Suite

With Google Cloud Next ’17 taking place this week, we wanted to look back to see how our Spanning Backup for G Suite business has grown over the past year, particularly since 2016 was hugely successful for our organization. This momentum was driven by an increased percentage of large enterprise deals and distribution agreements with […]


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What State and Local Governments Need to Know About Risks in G Suite and Office 365

Software as a Service (SaaS) collaborative platform adoption is increasing among state and local government for many good reasons–but along with increased adoption comes added risk. In this blog, you’ll learn more about why SaaS collaboration platforms are becoming more widely used by state and local governments; the new division of responsibility for those adopting […]


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How G Suite admins can prepare for the next Google Drive service disruption

Google reported a four-hour long disruption of service for Google Drive customers on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. If you are an admin for any of the impacted Drive customers, you may have heard from your users that they could log in, but could not access their data. Hopefully, none of your executives needed to access […]


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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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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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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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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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Are you covered? 3 Critical Data Protection Functions for Cloud IT

Regardless of where you are on your cloud migration journey, there are three data protection practices that you must consider to ensure your critical business information is safe and always available. These are: managing user access, defining data security policies, and implementing proper backup and recovery. Identity and Access Management Every organization moving to a […]


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