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Spanning to Extend Enterprise-Grade Cloud-to-Cloud Backup and Recovery to Office 365

Spanning Cloud Apps LLC, an EMC company and a leading provider of cloud data protection, today announced its enterprise-grade cloud-to-cloud backup solution for Office 365. It is designed from the ground up to be fully functional on desktops, tablets and mobile devices, allowing users to access information whenever and wherever they work. This marks the latest expansion of Spanning’s product offering, through which the company will bring the same application-centric focus and backup and restore expertise to Office 365 that it has for Google Apps and Salesforce solutions. The product will be first available through an exclusive beta program and is expected to be generally available in the first half of 2015.

“We are seeing a rapid adoption of and migration to Office 365, and we are also seeing data protection for cloud application data becoming more important than ever,” said Jeff Erramouspe, CEO of Spanning. “A mobile and collaborative work environment opens the door for increased user error and other data issues. As Microsoft customers move to the cloud in droves, they now can do so without worry, knowing they can implement the industry’s most trusted cloud-to-cloud backup to help ensure they are protected from data loss and are compliant with industry regulations and requirements.”

This new data protection solution for Office 365, one of the fastest growing services offered by Microsoft today, represents Spanning’s dedication to minimizing the risk of moving to the cloud. It is designed to enable organizations of all sizes to foster collaboration and work from anywhere with additional protection from data loss and non-compliance because of hackers, system and sync malfunction or human error.

“Corporate data is corporate data, regardless of whether it resides on datacenter servers or cloud-services – and it needs to be protected,” said Jason Buffington, senior analyst at ESG. “With organizations of all sizes moving to Office 365 at a rapid pace, it is critical that the same rigor for data protection that IT places on datacenter data is also applied to cloud-based data – and folks need to understand that most SaaS solutions don’t do protection, preservation or retention, just availability. Bad or missing data halts productivity, so what Spanning technology does is critical to minimizing risk of data loss in this application.”

Spanning® Backup for Office 365 is engineered to give IT administrators and end users a simple way to find and restore lost data from any point in time, from any device. Spanning Backup for Office 365 will be designed to deliver features including:

  • Automated daily and on-demand backups of Mail, Calendar, and Contacts keep a copy of the application data and files in a private, secure cloud. Simply set it and forget it.
  • Point-in-time backups let administrators and end users search, view and directly restore any previous version of the data;
  • Cross-user data restore makes it easier to restore data from one Office 365 account into another to facilitate the employee onboarding and offboarding process or other staff changes;
  • Industry-leading security employs multiple layers of operational and physical security to help ensure the integrity and safety of data, including strong 256-bit encryption, SSAE 16 compliance, intrusion detection and compartmentalized access; and,
  • One price for unlimited storage protects all data for a single rate, per user, per year, no matter how much data is stored.

Office 365 customers interested in participating in the Spanning Backup for Office 365 Beta Program can request early access here.

Spanning was acquired by EMC in October 2014.

Published Thursday, December 04, 2014 2:36 PM by David Marshall
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