Articles By Melanie Sommer

Melanie Sommer

VP of Marketing

Melanie brings 20 years of diverse marketing, sales, and communications experience working as a leader in companies ranging from B2B marketing agencies, to early-stage start-ups, to some of the world’s largest technology brands, including Motorola, IBM, Sun Microsystems and Compaq Computer. She also brings a positive, competitive edge to her team and skillfully empowers those surrounding her to produce first-class work.

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. [...]


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 […]


Spanning by EMC Teams up with Schinnerer and Microsoft to Deliver Cyber Security Protection Solution

No organization – regardless of size – is immune to cyber security-related data loss. Even small to midsized businesses aren’t safe. That’s why we have joined forces with Victor O. Schinnerer & Company, a leading underwriting manager, and Microsoft to provide a comprehensive cyber security protection solution for small to mid-sized businesses. Our solution includes [...]


Survey Says The Cloud Is Changing the Game When It Comes to Data Protection

EMC has published the results from its annual global research survey, the EMC Global Data Protection Index 2016, asking IT decision-makers at 2,200 organizations to index data protection maturity, threats, and trends. Several trends were identified and it’s no surprise with the recent news coverage of the ransomware attacks that 29% of organizations surveyed reported […]


Spanning by EMC Extends Cloud-to-Cloud Backup to Microsoft Office 365 OneDrive for Business

As enterprises continue to migrate their business applications and data to cloud services, their need to be able to quickly recover from a data loss disaster is more crucial than ever.  So today, we’re proud to announce that we’ve extended our enterprise-class SaaS data protection for Microsoft Office 365 to include backup and restore for [...]


Fact or Fiction? New Infographic Reveals Latest Trends in SaaS Industry after International Research

In late 2015, Spanning by EMC commissioned a survey of more than 1,000 IT decision makers across the U.S. and U.K. to better understand the trends in the use, perceptions, regulations, and impact of the cloud. The findings revealed a few notable divides between U.S. and U.K. perceptions and behaviors, but overall, the data tells an encouraging story about the SaaS industry.


5 Key Differences in Email Backup and Retention between Google Workspace and Microsoft Office 365

As organizations make the move to the cloud, they inevitably find themselves comparing Google Workspace and Microsoft Office 365 in terms of price, functionality, security, and storage capacity. One important component here – and one that varies quite a bit between the two offerings – is the native backup, retention, and data protection policies included with the SaaS services.


The (Sales)Force Awakens: Become a Jedi Knight of SaaS Data Protection

We’re ready for the Force to be with us this December. Well, yes, that Force (we’ve only been waiting since October 2012, JJ Abrams!), but also the force of excitement and engagement in the Salesforce user community. While you’re counting down the days till you find out how well Mark Hamill can wield a lightsaber 30 years after defeating the Galactic Empire, we’re counting down to a flurry of Salesforce activity this month.


Spanning’s New Location Makes Work on Data Protection Even Better – Visitors Welcome for Open House

Last week, the Austin Business Journal reminded readers why Spanning by EMC is among the top 20 winners of the coveted Austin’s Best Places to Work award in the medium-sized business category. Their article reviewed just a few of the perks the nation of Spandinavia enjoys. And now that Spanning has moved into its brand new digs in the heart of downtown Austin, there are even more reasons to love coming to work at Spanning by EMC.


Higher Ed and SaaS CRM Applications: At the Intersection of Innovation

At this year’s EDUCAUSE Annual Conference, there are a number of sessions that discuss SaaS applications – more than double the sessions from last year. This growth in interest in SaaS for higher education is fueled in part by the need for innovation, and in part by the adoption of SaaS CRM applications like Salesforce.