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, G Suite, Salesforce, and so much more.

Best Practices for Preventing Data Loss in Education

Do you know who’s protecting your cloud application data? Cloud technology has forever changed how we work. Many academic institutions, for example, have especially benefited from the cloud, because it allows them to take advantage of economies of scale that are difficult to achieve with on-premises systems. Cloud technology, and especially software-as-a-service (SaaS) applications, have […]


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Best Practices for Lowering Cyber Insurance Costs and Cyber Risk

If your cyber insurance vendor offers discounts for companies who meet high data security and protection standards, they will likely focus on these processes and controls. With cybersecurity threats on the rise, companies are increasingly taking advantage of cybersecurity insurance. And while cyber insurance can be worth it, it’ll cost you. Last year, U.S. insurers […]


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Spanning Enters Next Phase of Growth With Acquisition by Insight Venture Partners

We’re excited to announce Spanning has entered the next phase in our evolution as a company. This week, we were acquired by Insight Venture Partners, a leading private equity firm with an emphasis on growth stage SaaS companies. This acquisition will allow us to realize our full potential as a SaaS data protection provider with […]


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When Ransomware Strikes: Does Your Company Have a Data Disaster Recovery Plan?

Last year, nearly half of businesses were hit by ransomware. In the first half of 2016 alone, ransomware cost enterprises $209M. Even worse, experts predict that ransomware “will spin out of control” in 2017. Apparent in the headlines, ransomware is rampant and those who commit the attacks aren’t discriminating against any industry, company size, or […]


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The Salesforce World Tour Hannover at CeBit 2017: Growing Salesforce Interest in Germany

The Salesforce World Tour Hannover was held at CeBIT 2017, focusing on their new Lightning Experience, and supporting the rapid growth of Salesforce in Germany following the launch of their German data center in 2015. In this post, you’ll learn more about Salesforce’s impact in Germany, the Salesforce World Tour in Hannover, and what Salesforce […]


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New Feature for Spanning Backup for Salesforce: Metadata Comparison

We’ve heard from a number of Salesforce admins and developers that they spend too much time manually comparing metadata when preparing restores, or when getting ready to refresh or populate Sandboxes. Salesforce developers and admins also asked for a better way to identify what metadata may have changed since a specific point-in-time backup. With Spanning […]


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Market Momentum Accelerates with Spanning Backup for G Suite

With Google Cloud Next ’17 taking place this week, we wanted to look back to see how our Spanning Backup for G Suite business has grown over the past year, particularly since 2016 was hugely successful for our organization. This momentum was driven by an increased percentage of large enterprise deals and distribution agreements with […]


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What State and Local Governments Need to Know About Risks in G Suite and Office 365

Software as a Service (SaaS) collaborative platform adoption is increasing among state and local government for many good reasons–but along with increased adoption comes added risk. In this blog, you’ll learn more about why SaaS collaboration platforms are becoming more widely used by state and local governments; the new division of responsibility for those adopting […]


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Spanning Backup for Office 365 Extends Global Data Protection to Australia and New Zealand

Back in September, we announced that our backup and restore solution for Office 365, the best way for businesses to protect their Office 365 data, was expanding overseas for the first time with a data center in Dublin, Ireland. We were thrilled to have Office 365 users across Europe join the Spanning family, knowing they […]


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How G Suite admins can prepare for the next Google Drive service disruption

Google reported a four-hour long disruption of service for Google Drive customers on Tuesday, January 17th, 2017. If you are an admin for any of the impacted Drive customers, you may have heard from your users that they could log in, but could not access their data. Hopefully, none of your executives needed to access […]


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