Spanning Blog

Welcome to our blog featuring thought leadership and best practices on SaaS backup and recovery, data protection and security, and regular product updates for Spanning Backup for Office 365, G Suite, and Salesforce.

How Are You Celebrating National Security Awareness Month?

This October is the 15th annual National Cybersecurity Awareness Month (NCSAM), an initiative to raise awareness about the importance of cybersecurity that grows stronger by the year in significance and scope. This is no surprise given that breaches and malware attacks are getting more frequent, and they don’t discriminate against industry. A cross-section of companies from government, healthcare, finance and retail to nonprofits, car-sharing, and even the Port of San Diego have faced ransomware attacks.


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Microsoft Ignite 2018: Celebrating the Office 365 Community

After exhibiting at this year’s Microsoft Ignite, we’re even more energized by the growth of the Microsoft community. For us, one of the best parts of the show was meeting our amazing customers. From the bustling, vibrant show floor to our more personal customer happy hour, we love seeing the Spanning family grow each year. As we mentioned in our pre-event blog post, there were many things we were looking forward to attending. How did it actually turn out? Catch up on the rest of our Ignite adventures in this blog post.


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Dreamforce: A People Conference Disguised as a Tech Conference

Dreamforce ‘18 is a wrap. Our friends in the Salesforce Ohana have unpacked their Astro and Appy plushies, and are digging through piles of emails after what was an amazing week. Read Salesforce MVPLori Witzel’s take on Dreamforce ’18 tied to the Salesforce values of Trust, Customer Success, Innovation and Equality that centers on people.


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Edu and the Cloud: 3 Tips for a Secure Relationship

The cloud has fueled many advancements in education, such as improved collaboration between teachers and students, BYOD accessibility, virtual classrooms and training labs. With all the advantages of the cloud, however, come assumptions of safety that can prove costly if taken for granted. To get the real story, we spoke to a few of our higher education customers to get their first-hand advice on sustaining a secure and robust cloud implementation.


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Backing up SaaS Apps: Native, SaaS or DRaaS?

Data is big business. With more and more data being created by people around the world every day, there is a growing market, and need, for data protection. This, compounded with the rising rates of malware, ransomware, and data loss due to everyday human error, make backup for your SaaS applications like G Suite, Office 365 and Salesforce, a must-have. In this post we outline and weigh-in on the differences between Native backup, DRaaS backup, and SaaS data backup for your SaaS applications.


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Salesforce Trailblazer Community Survey Reveals Ongoing Upward Trends in Skill Growth, Minority Representation

Dreamforce ‘18 is upon us — as is our fifth year of the “Salesforce Selfie” Trailblazer Community Survey (review the surveys for 2014, 2015, 2016, and 2017). Survey findings are shared back into the Community in the form of infographic highlights and reports that can help you benchmark your organization and your Salesforce career compared with peers. Over the past five years, we see the impact of Salesforce embracing and supporting equality in tech.


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 1 – Disaster Recovery and Retention Times

Data protection in Office 365 is a shared responsibility, with Microsoft taking on the tasks that would have typically been done on-premises for disaster recovery. But your IT team is still ultimately responsible for data protection, and it’s up to the IT team to decide how to protect and recover any data that is lost by human error or even malicious attacks. In Part 1, we look at Microsoft’s disaster recovery and retention times.


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Must-Attend MSIgnite 2018: The Intelligent Cloud Leads the Pack

Now in its 24th year, Microsoft Ignite is moving beyond its format of feature deep-dives and MVP meet-ups to introducing cutting-edge, emerging technologies. With more than 700 deep-dive sessions and 100 expert-led and self-paced workshops, it will keep you on your toes. What are our picks of the sessions we will be attending? It’s a tough call, but here’s a countdown of our Top 4 #MSIgnite sessions for 2018.


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Millar Inc. Achieves Gold Standard of Data Protection with Spanning Backup for Office 365

Peace of mind is a recurring theme among many Spanning customers and Millar is no different. Learn how Spanning provides the Millar team with peace of mind as they protect their data while developing life-saving medical devices, and see how protecting your Office 365 data can protect your organization from unnecessary SaaS application data loss.


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That’s a Wrap: Spanning’s Summer 2018

In Austin, where Spanning has its headquarters, schools are now open and public pools have closed. As the season changes (well, one can hope here in Texas), and we move into September, there’s a renewed focus across our teams on business goals and data protection. Before we say farewell completely to this summer of many firsts, we invite you to take a quick look back at Spanning’s summertime activities and achievements.


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