Spanning, Acquired By EMC, Unveils Office 365 Data Protection Solution

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Spanning Cloud Apps, a developer of cloud data protection technology acquired this fall by storage king EMC, has become one of the first developers of a full-featured enterprise-grade cloud backup solution for Microsoft Office 365.

The new Spanning Backup for Office 365 solution, scheduled to be available in the first half of 2015, is a follow-up to Spanning's similar solutions for Google Apps and Salesforce, said Jeff Erramouspe, Spanning CEO.

It will be a great technology if it works as well as Spanning's Google Apps data protection technology, said Mitch Greenwald, founder and CEO of Cloudbakers, a Chicago-based provider of SaaS applications based on Google Apps, Zoho CRM and others, but not Office 365.

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While Google Apps, like Office 365, has its own data protection capabilities, the Spanning solution provides some important capabilities that Google does not include, Greenwald told CRN.

For instance, Spanning makes it easy to restore files, and can restore any kind of data. "And it merges data back to production as one would expect, with all the right labels, and so on, preserved," he said.

Spanning uses a separate infrastructure for backups, which Greenwald said is also very important. "In the unlikely event Google goes down, customers can access their data from a secure AWS environment," he said.

While Microsoft Office 365 is not an important part of Cloudbakers' business, adding Office 365 capabilities is very important for Spanning, Greenwald said.

"Spanning has been a great partner," he said. "We not only like to work with innovators, but forward-thinkers. Spanning is skating to where the puck will be, to use a sports analogy. We're real big advocates for our clients. Spanning understands and appreciates that."

Erramouspe told CRN that Spanning is the first to announce a complete enterprise cloud-to-cloud data protection solution for Microsoft Office 365, and will likely be the first to come to market.

The company is also the first to offer a full responsive application for Office 365, he said.

"Our solution works the same on desktops, laptops and mobile devices," he said. "Responsive design refers to sites which look well both on mobile and desktop devices. It automatically looks good on any device. This ensures that whatever device you use, it looks good. And for us, it means there is only one app to develop."

NEXT: Spanning Backup For Office 365 Upcoming Features

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