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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 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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Spanning Backup for Office 365 Extends Global Data Protection to Australia and New Zealand

Back in September, we announced that our backup and restore solution for Office 365, the best way for businesses to protect their Office 365 data, was expanding overseas for the first time with a data center in Dublin, Ireland. We were thrilled to have Office 365 users across Europe join the Spanning family, knowing they […]


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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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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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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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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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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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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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