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.

Spanning Backup for Office 365 Q3 Updates

It’s been a busy quarter here at Spanning, and our engineers and product team have been hard at work delivering exciting updates to Spanning Backup for Office 365. Watch a short video to stay up-to-date on the new features and functionality.


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Office 365 Data Protection: Part 2 – Litigation Hold

In Part 1 of this two-part series, we discussed how you need to rely on more than the default retention times for Office 365 to fully protect your data from accidental deletion. In Part 2, we’ll discuss if Exchange Online Litigation Hold and In-Place Hold are good-enough data protection solutions for Office 365, or if your organization may need something purpose-built for Office 365 backup and restore.


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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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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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Why Microsoft Requiring Multi-Factor Authentication for Privileged Accounts is a Good Thing

On June 22, 2018, Microsoft announced a public preview of a new security policy which will enable multi-factor authentication (or MFA) for Azure Active Directory “privileged accounts” (or administrator accounts), including most Office 365 admin accounts. After the preview, they will automatically opt these accounts into the policy by default, adding a much needed layer of security to these accounts. Spanning Backup for Office 365’s Sr. Product Manager Andy Rouse explains why this is a good thing in his newest blog post.


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What is Good Governance in the Age of Office 365?

A good governance plan is essential to helping your organization achieve its goals and mission. In addition, a good governance plan is key to maintaining risk management and compliance. In this blog post, you’ll learn practical definitions of what governance is — and what it isn’t — and why and how to go beyond good governance to data protection.


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Office 365 Admins: How to use PowerShell with Spanning Backup’s Public REST API

Because Office 365 admins can do more with PowerShell, we’ve extended the capabilities of Spanning Backup for Office 365 with a Spanning-built PowerShell module that works in conjunction with our REST API to automate activities in Spanning such as assigning or unassigning individual and bulk licenses. Learn how it works.


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Defining RPO and RTO in the Age of Cloud Computing

One of the best practices in well run IT organizations is for CIOs and IT managers to evaluate the risk of data loss, and establish business continuity plans that outline backup and recovery along with their respective Recovery Point Objectives (RPOs) and Recovery Time Objectives (RTOs). But first, information technology teams and business stakeholders must start with a common understanding of what RTO and RPO mean in terms of backup and recovery.


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