Spanning Blog

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.

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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Spanning Joins Dell Technologies – Let the Transformation Begin

We’re excited about making tech history by participating in the world’s largest technology merger as Dell and EMC combine forces to become the premier end-to-end technology company. The momentous acquisition is effective today and that means that we are now Spanning by Dell EMC, a part of Dell Technologies. For the team at Spanning, I […]


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It’s a Bling Thing: Spanning Backup for Salesforce is Lightning Ready Certified

We are pleased to announce that Spanning Backup for Salesforce is now Lightning Ready Certified – and is the first and only AppExchange backup and restore product to be so designated. So if you notice the new “Lightning Ready” bling on our AppExchange listing, know that it’s because we’ve updated our easy-to-use, in-app user experience […]


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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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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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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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Midwest Dreamin’ with the Salesforce Community

4 takeaways from an electrifying learning experience! If you’re a Salesforce admin or developer in Chicago July 21-22, you saw a major summer thunderstorm roll in with plenty of lightning. And you’d have felt the electricity from a different sort of Lightning if you were one of the 600+ participants in the largest regional Salesforce […]


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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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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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