Category: Product News & Features

Spanning Backup for Salesforce: “You Spoke, We Listened” Feature Update

Oct 02, 2014 By: Lori Witzel, Product Marketing Manager, Spanning Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features, Salesforce

In our interviews with Salesforce admins, it’s clear they value apps that can make their busy lives easier. Our newest evolution provides admins automatic backup status email notifications, and a way for admins to choose which person or Chatter groups receives Spanning Backup updates. Read More >

Have You Missed Some of Our Backup & Restore Features? Watch Now

Aug 14, 2014 By: Andrea Posted in: Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Spanning Backup for Google Apps has been providing Google backup and restore for a few years now, but there are a lot of new features you may not have seen yet. Watch the video below to get caught up on all of them. Read More >

Salesforce Backup and Restore Made Incredibly Easy: Watch It Now

Aug 12, 2014 By: Andrea Posted in: Backup, Product News & Features, Salesforce

We’ve been talking about Spanning Backup for Salesforce for a while now - especially now that it’s available for Salesforce1 Mobile - but now is your chance to see it in action. Read More >

Salesforce Administrators: The Better Way for Salesforce Backup is now Mobile-Enabled

Aug 05, 2014 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features, Salesforce

Are you a Salesforce Administrator who uses Salesforce1 and wants to augment the Weekly Export with an easy-to-use automatic daily backup? We’ve got good news for you: Spanning Backup for Salesforce’s mobile-enabled version is now out of beta. Read More >

New Actionable Google Apps Backup Status Reporting Provides Full Data Transparency

Mar 05, 2014 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

To further our commitment to trust and transparency, we are introducing several enhancements in our status reporting to our flagship product, Spanning Backup for Google Apps. Read More >

An Advanced Look at Our New Product: Spanning Backup for Salesforce

Dec 04, 2013 By: Mat Hamlin Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features, Salesforce

Some will experience our new product immediately through beta testing, but for those waiting until the full release next year, I’ll be providing a sneak peak of our latest product to help you get to know Spanning Backup for Salesforce. Read More >

Spanning Cloud Apps Expands Backup and Recovery to Salesforce.com

Nov 19, 2013 By: Emily Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features, Salesforce

Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc., the leading provider of data backup and recovery for cloud applications and creators of Spanning Backup for Google Apps, announces the expansion of its product offerings with the release of Spanning Backup for Salesforce. Read More >

Introducing Google Drive Search: Find and Restore Lost Data in Seconds!

Nov 12, 2013 By: Mat Hamlin Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Ever spend hours sifting through hundreds of files because you deleted a document you suddenly realize you need back? Have trouble remembering which folder contained an important spreadsheet that disappeared? We thought so! Read More >

Choosing Between Storage-based and Unlimited Storage for Cloud Data Backup

Oct 15, 2013 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Customers, Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

When deciding on your preferred method of backup and recovery for your cloud-stored information, you will inevitably be faced with the choice between storage-based and unlimited storage options. Read More >

Google Account Recovery: Get Your Data Back the Way it Was in Just a Few Clicks

Sep 26, 2013 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Backup, Product News & Features

What if you want your Google account up and running online again, just as it was before the account was lost or deleted? In this case, you’ll want to fully restore the data from the deleted account to an active account, and you’ll need Spanning’s help to do this. Spanning Backup makes this type of Google account recovery simple. As always, you can complete your backup and recovery goals in just a matter of clicks: Read More >

New Account Provisioning API Enables Data Protection Automation

Sep 10, 2013 By: Mat Hamlin Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features

In almost every organization, change is constant. New people join the organization, some leave and others change roles. Each of these transitions in the life cycle of an employee requires a change of access to applications and data. Over time, organizations will look to automate these changes to reduce their costs and increase their accuracy of managing access. This is especially true for enterprises and industries like education where there is a high turnover of users each time a class graduates. Read More >

Spanning Announces Summer ’13 Release of Spanning Backup for Google Apps

Jul 18, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

AUSTIN, TEXAS, July 18, 2013 – Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc., creators of the powerful, enterprise-class data protection solution Spanning Backup for Google Apps, today announced the release of new features designed to support the company’s rapidly growing base of large Google Apps customers. Read More >

New Spanning Backup Feature: Non-Admin Admins

May 01, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

In many organizations that use Google Apps, especially larger ones, there may be multiple admins, sub-admins and super-admins. The admins can be a whole organization unto themselves! Spanning understands this, which is why we’ve just released our new non-admin admins feature. Read More >

Spanning Cloud Apps Goes Mobile with Audit Log for Google Apps

Apr 17, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Spanning’s First Mobile App Allows Users to Monitor Their Google Apps Domain on the Go AUSTIN, TEXAS, April 17, 2013 – Spanning Cloud Apps, Inc., creators of the powerful, enterprise-class data protection solution Spanning Backup for Google Apps, announces that administrators can now monitor their Google Apps domains from their mobile devices with Audit Log for Google Apps. Read More >

Spanning Backup: Make the Most of Your 14-Day Free Trial in 14 Minutes

Mar 22, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Customers, Backup, Product News & Features

We’ve always offered a 14-day free trial for Spanning Backup (to get it, click here). But we don’t want you to just download the trial and play around with it a bit; we really want you to kick the tires on Spanning Backup so you can be sure it’s the right solution for your needs. So with that in mind, here’s a quick guide to getting the most out of your free trial: Read More >

Spanning Backup: What To Do With Your Exported .mbox File

Mar 19, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Spanning Backup offers the option to export your emails into a .mbox file. But many people wonder, "What do I do with that file once it’s been exported?" We’ll answer that question for you today. Read More >

Spanning Backup Turns Customer Feedback Into Product Improvements

Mar 05, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features

We’ve just released the latest version of Spanning Backup. One of our customers recently told us that it would be nice to be able to see suspended users in their organization (i.e. users that had been marked as “Suspended” in Google’s cPanel but still held a Google address and a Spanning seat). Well, we thought it was a good idea too, so we made it happen! Read More >

Undelete for Google Calendar, It’s Your Birthday!

Feb 28, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

One year ago today, Spanning launched Undelete for Google Calendar, one of our great free tools. As we celebrate Undelete’s birthday (hopefully with cake - someone is getting a cake, right guys?), we’d like to share what our users have to say about it: “Awesome!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!* Thanks for helping me UNDELETE my Google event!” Read More >

Why Spanning Worries About Google Apps Data Quality

Feb 26, 2013 By: Jeff Erramouspe, CEO Posted in: Backup, Product News & Features

Last week, Andrea Bridges-Smith wrote a blog post about her experience with the backup status capability of Spanning Backup. This post did an excellent job of describing how this works and how it can be used to not only understand the status of your Google Apps backup process, but also to improve the overall quality of your Google Apps data. Now that we’ve discussed the “how”, I thought it would be a good idea to talk about the “why”. Read More >

Hey Spanning Backup, What’s Up With the Red & Yellow Dots?

Feb 18, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Mike Pav, our VP of Engineering, came up to me before I’d finished my morning coffee. “I’m noticing a lot of errors in your backup reports.” He showed me the following diagram, where a lot of yellow dots had suddenly appeared next to my name: Read More >

3 Reasons Why Cloud Computing Backup Depends on the Restore

Feb 07, 2013 By: Mike Pav Posted in: Industry, Cloud Technology, Backup, Product News & Features

You may have heard that “backup is fine, but it’s the restore that counts.” You may have also heard that flossing daily will fight cavities, prevent heart disease and make you better looking, but if you are anything like me, flossing and testing a restore are pretty much at the bottom of my list of fun things to do. So while this article is not going to help with your dental hygiene, it can help you better understand what backup means in the Google Apps world, and more importantly, what a restore looks like. Read More >

Spanning Backup: Latest Release – Customer Feedback Comes to Life!

Jan 23, 2013 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features

Does Spanning listen to customer feedback? Answer: YES. We’ve just released a couple of new features specifically requested by our customers that we’d like to tell you about: Read More >

Spanning First and Only Google Apps Backup Vendor to Achieve SSAE 16 Audit Type II Compliance

Dec 19, 2012 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Backup, Product News & Features

Spanning Cloud Apps, the makers of Spanning Backup for Google Apps, today announced that the company has successfully completed the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Type II audit process, making it the only Google Apps backup provider to do so. Read More >

Backupify Trying, Failing to Match Spanning on Google Apps Backup Features

Dec 12, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Backup, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Today Backupify announced they’ve added some new features to their Google Apps backup product. We think they’re all good features; Spanning Backup has had all of them for a while now. We’ll look at each of them below to put them in context. But first, let’s keep in mind what’s most important. Read More >

Spanning Announces the Most Complete Cloud-to-Cloud Google Apps Backup Product on the Market

Nov 20, 2012 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Spanning Cloud Apps, the makers of Spanning Backup for Google Apps, the most highly rated Google Apps backup application in the Google Apps Marketplace, today announced Spanning Backup v4.0, the most complete cloud-to-cloud Google Apps data protection product on the market. Read More >

Back Up and Restore Google Sites with Structure Intact

Oct 30, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

I was happy to see our friends at Backupify bring up the importance of structure in your Google Apps data in their recent blog post. But I was surprised too, since their product’s inability to restore that very structure is one of its greatest weaknesses. Read More >

Backing Up–and Restoring–Google Sites

Oct 18, 2012 By: Andrea Posted in: Product News & Features, Google Apps

Earlier this week we added backup and restore for Google Sites to Spanning Backup. This has been one of our most requested features and I’m really excited to be able to deliver it to our customers. Read More >

Spanning Announces Backup and Restore for Google Sites

Oct 16, 2012 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Spanning, the makers of Spanning Backup for Google Apps, today announced Spanning Backup for Google Sites, extending Spanning’s industry leading backup and restore functionality beyond Gmail, Google Drive, Google Calendar and Google Contacts to provide data protection to Google Sites Read More >

Getting Google Drive Restore Right, Part 3 of 3

Oct 05, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features, Google Apps

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about making sure your backup system restores your files organized just like they were when they were backed up. In Part 2 we looked at restoring multiple files and folders in a single operation. In third and final installment, we’ll examine the importance of a subtle but critically important restore function: point-in-time restores. Read More >

Getting Google Drive Restore Right, Part 2 of 3

Oct 04, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features, Google Apps

In Part 1 of this series, we talked about making sure your backup system restores your files organized just like they were when they were backed up. We now turn our attention to another basic restore feature: restoring multiple files and folders in a single operation. Read More >

Getting Google Drive Restore Right, Part 1 of 3

Oct 02, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features, Google Apps

I recently wrote about some of the advanced restore features we’ve added to Spanning Backup, but this week I’d like to get back to basics and focus on successfully backing up and restoring data from Google Drive. As it turns out, different backup vendors have very different ideas about what this means. Read More >

New Domain Stats Email Option for Spanning Backup Admins

Sep 29, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

Administrators need to keep on eye on the state of their backups, so we’ve just added a new feature to make that super-easy. Spanning Backup admins will find a new option in their preferences where they can choose to have a stats summary delivered by email daily, weekly, monthly, or never Read More >

New Restore Options, Admin Audit Log

Sep 19, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

It’s a truism in the data protection business that backup is easy and restore is hard, but that restore is also critically important. Without it, backups are practically useless. Spanning Backup’s restore functionality is already the best in the business, but today it gets even better. Read More >

‘Review of Web’ Chooses Spanning Backup Over backupify

Aug 13, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features, Google Apps

Ankur Jain at Review of Web recently compared Spanning Backup and Backupify and found Spanning Backup to be his choice for businesses. Read More >

Spanning Backup’s Admin Interface [Video]

Aug 10, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

Spanning Backup has been optimized for administrators, so when you sign in as a domain admin the first thing you’ll see is the admin dashboard. Read More >

Managing Users in Spanning Backup [Video]

Aug 05, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

Enterprise Google Apps customers need to manage their software licenses not only at the individual user level but also at the level of organizational units (OU’s) they’ve set up. This video shows how Spanning Backup’s OU-aware license manager makes it easy. Read More >

Spanning Backup Gets a UI Refresh

Jul 26, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

Spanning Backup’s user interface, already described as “sexy” by TechCrunch and “beautiful” by PCWorld, just got a makeover. Read More >

Spanning Completes SSAE 16 Audit, Issued Attestation of Compliance

Jun 22, 2012 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Spanning, the makers of Spanning Backup for Google Apps, today announced that the company has successfully completed the Statement on Standards for Attestation Engagements (SSAE) No. 16, Type 1 audit process, making it the only Google Apps cloud-to-cloud backup provider to do so. Read More >

Spanning Stats for Google Drive is Live on the Chrome Web Store

May 03, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

We launched Spanning Stats just one week ago but its already been used to scan more than 50,000 Google Drives, and we’re just getting started. Read More >

What’s in Your Google Drive? Find Out with Spanning Stats for Google Drive

Apr 26, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features, Google Apps

Two days ago Google launched Google Drive. Yesterday we saw the volume of files uploaded to Google Drive (née Google Docs) increase by a factor of 10. People are uploading a bunch of stuff—but what? What’s in your Google Drive? Read More >

Google Apps Vault and Spanning Backup: Two Excellent Tools for Two Very Different Problems

Mar 29, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features, Google Apps

The newly-released Google Apps Vault is a powerful tool for lawyers. What it is not is a backup-and-restore system for users and administrators to protect against accidental or malicious data loss from Google Apps. For that, you need Spanning Backup for Google Apps. Read More >

Spanning’s Latest Free Tool: Undelete for Google Calendar

Feb 29, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Hopelessness. Anger. Frustration. Dismay. If you’ve ever accidentally deleted an event—or lots of events—from Google Calendar, you know the feeling. Because, as Google’s help article on recovering deleted events says, “Once an event is deleted, its full details can’t be recovered.” Bummer. Read More >

An Activity Stream for Your Google Apps Dashboard

Jan 26, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features, Google Apps

Like lots of companies that use Google Apps, we have multiple people with administrative access. What we don’t have is a one-click way to keep track of what other admins are doing, whether it’s resetting a user’s password, creating a new suborganization, or creating a new email alias (er, “group”). Read More >

Announcing Spanning Backup v3.0

Jan 13, 2012 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

After months of development, we’re proud to announce the launch of Spanning Backup for Google Apps v3.0. The most readily apparent change is a revamped user interface. We’ve studied users’ interactions with Spanning Backup and used our findings to create a simplified, streamlined experience that effectively reduces the distance between you and your data. Read More >

Why It’s Important to Back Up Not Only Docs But Also Folders

Dec 15, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Product News & Features

Imagine buying a backup program for your PC and using it diligently every day. Now imagine that one day your hard drive crashes. “Good thing I’ve been making backups every day,” you say to yourself as you restore your files from your backup. Read More >

Google Chooses Spanning Backup as Staff Pick

Dec 13, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Last week, Spanning Backup was selected as a Google Apps Marketplace Staff Pick, a program designed to help businesses find awesome applications offered in the Apps Marketplace. This is the note we received from the guys over at Google Read More >

Understanding the Importance of Both Non-Destructive Backups and Restores

Dec 09, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Product News & Features

One of our competitors has been making a lot of noise recently about how they do “non-destructive restores”, meaning they don’t overwrite existing data when restoring old data from backup. Which is great, as far as that goes. We do restores in exactly the same way. In fact I don’t know of any backup products that don’t do restore this way. Read More >

Spanning Announces First Business-Class Backup Service for Gmail

Sep 06, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Spanning, the makers of Spanning Backup for Google Apps, today announced the general availability of Spanning Backup for Google Apps v2.0. Launched in September 2010, Spanning Backup is already the highest-rated backup app in the Google Apps Marketplace. Read More >

Spanning Backup Increases Storage to 25GB for All Paid Users

Jul 25, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

When you’re backing up important data, the last thing you want to worry about is running out of space for your backups. So we’ve raised every paid Spanning Backup user’s storage quota from 2GB to 25GB—an increase of more than 1,000%. Read More >

[FIXED] Google Docs is incorrectly reporting errors, causing some backups to only partially succeed

May 08, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

We’re seeing a widespread problem with the Google Documents List API which is causing backups for some Spanning Backup users to only partially complete. If your history includes messages like these, this problem has affected your account Read More >

Coming Soon: Spanning Backup for Gmail

Apr 21, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

We’ve heard from a wide range of customers that they need to be able to back up their Google Apps email alongside the calendars, contacts, and docs that are already protected by Spanning Backup. Read More >

New Admin Capability Allows Administrators to Manage Backups for Users

Apr 11, 2011 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Spanning Backup is designed to be easy for anyone to use, but often if someone needs to restore lost data, she’ll go to her Google Apps admin for help. The admin needs to be able to use Spanning Backup on behalf of the user without compromising the user’s account security. Read More >

Spanning Backup Launches

Jul 27, 2010 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

After months of beta testing, Spanning Backup for Google Apps has launched. Since the beta began, we’ve backed up over 100 million calendar events, contacts, and docs for our users. That’s 100 million fewer things they have to worry about. Read More >

Existing backups to be moved next Friday, July 2 at 5:00PM PST

Jun 25, 2010 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Over the course of our beta testing period we’ve learned a lot (and continue to) and have made continuous tweaks to how we store backups. The whole system is now much quicker and more efficient than it was when we started, but every change has meant the addition of special cases in our code to maintain backward compatibility with older backups. Read More >

Real-life use driving improvements in Spanning Backup

Jun 17, 2010 By: Andrea Posted in: Product News & Features

Work on the Spanning Backup beta continues. We’re getting some great real-world data from Spanning Backup beta testers. Read More >

Spanning Backup Beta Now IE-Compatible

Apr 29, 2010 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

Ever since we launched the beta, the first thing on the Known Issues list has been “Not yet compatible with Internet Explorer”, which is not insignificant. Read More >

Beta Update: Bugs Dwindling, Beta Tester Community Growing

Mar 31, 2010 By: Andrea Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

We now have several hundred people helping us beta test Spanning Backup, and with their help we’re getting the system closer to its commercial release. Read More >

More Beta Bugs Fixed, and Other News

Mar 24, 2010 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

First, an update on some bugs that our beta testers have found and we’ve fixed Read More >

Spanning Backup Enters Beta

Mar 08, 2010 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Company News, Product News & Features

After months of development, we’re happy to announce that Spanning Backup is now available for beta testing. Read More >

A Quick Video Demo

Feb 28, 2010 By: Andrea Lindzey Posted in: Product News & Features

We’ve put together a quick video demo to show how Spanning Backup backs up Google Calendar, Contacts and Docs. Please check it out and let us know what you think by adding a comment to this post. Read More >