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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.

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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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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Dreamforce ‘16: Protecting Salesforce Data for the Salesforce Ohana

This Salesforce MVP was so very proud to be part of Dreamforce this past week, listening and learning along with my MVPeeps and a diverse, empowered Community (aka the Salesforce Ohana.) What were my top learnings? Salesforce Einstein will be making every Salesforce user smarter and more effective. Salesforce is doubling down on empowering Sales, […]


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Dreamforce Session: Angular2 + Ng-Lightning + Lightning Design System = Great Apps

We hope you enjoyed Dreamforce last week! If you weren’t able to attend the session “Angular2 + Ng-Lightning + Lightning Design System = Great Apps” with Patricia Cifra & Gordon Bockus, Software Engineers at Spanning, we’ve got it here for you. See what Patricia & Gordon covered below. Angular2 + Ng-Lightning + Lightning Design System = […]


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Dreamforce ‘16: Day One

‘Twas the morning of Dreamforce, and all through the cloud Every admin and dev was thinking aloud, And hoping their orgs would be okay for a while They blazed their Trails and did HOTs with a smile. With apologies to Clement Clarke Moore, the first day of Dreamforce is a time every attending admin and […]


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Salesforce Admin Survey 2016 – The #SFAdmin Forecast Is Picture Perfect (Almost)

The Third Annual State of the Salesforce Admin and Developer Survey reflects more than 500 responders from the Salesforce Success Community. Continuing last year’s “responses = donations,” our fantastic responders have ensured 150 homeless children will receive books through Project Night Night! And based on Survey responses, we know the forecast looks almost perfect for […]


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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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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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Vendor Lock-In or Love-In: Evaluating Your IaaS Options

There have been a whole series of highly visible moves where large enterprise vendors are making long-term commitments to use another Platform-as-a-Service (PaaS) or Infrastructure-as-a-Service (IaaS) vendor’s infrastructure (note: I’m going to lump all these vendors [Amazon Web Services, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform] into the IaaS category for brevity, even though each also offers […]


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Why Isn’t Every Day SysAdmin Day?

Today is the 17th annual SysAdmin day, a day created for SysAdmins by SysAdmins because no one ever really gives you credit for the work you do. It seems to be adding insult to injury that this is only one day out of 365. And even on that one day, if you are good at […]


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