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Spanning Backup for Office 365 Now Supports SharePoint Online Backups

By expanding its backup suite to SharePoint Online, Spanning gives customers wider capabilities for protecting their data.

With more and more Microsoft SharePoint business users expected to move from on-premises versions to SharePoint Online, Spanning Cloud Apps has added SharePoint Online coverage to its Spanning Backup for Office 365 suite to make the transition easier.

Spanning, which delivers its enterprise data protection capabilities using a Software-as-a-Service model via a web browser, launched its Spanning Backup for Office 365 suite in July of 2015. The suite includes daily backup and restore capabilities for SharePoint Online content including automated, point-in-time backup snapshots of document library contents in Team Sites, Group sites and Microsoft Teams. Spanning Backup for Office 365 also protects OneDrive for Business, Mail, and Calendar.

The new SharePoint Online backup capabilities will now allow business customers to seamlessly protect their data while moving away from on-premises SharePoint installations. The expanded protection is available immediately to customers as part of their existing subscriptions.

Some 66 percent of all SharePoint licenses in 2017 include the use of SharePoint Online, according to a recent BYU study, while that number is expected to grow to 89 percent by 2020.  At the same time, there is also a projected decline in SharePoint on-premises licenses from 46 percent in 2017 to 16 percent by 2020, according to the study, which predicts a shift in how SharePoint is used.

Mat Hamlin, Spanning's vice president of products, told ITPro that the new capability is designed to simplify the move to SharePoint Online for customers by protecting their data every step of the way in the cloud.

"We have seen increasing demand for protection for SharePoint Online," he said. "We protect against all of the data loss factors, especially human-caused data loss," such as user errors, attacks and more. "We make it easy for customers to find and restore their data."

The company's cloud-to-cloud backup and recovery services for Office 365 are tightly integrated with the Office 365 and SharePoint APIs which allows for point-in-time backups and granular restores of individual files, folders, and entire document libraries, according to a Sept. 21 post on the Spanning Blog. The backups are "built to meet the highest security and compliance standards including SSAE SOC 2 Type II certification, HIPAA, and FERPA, and we have data centers in North America, Ireland and Australia to support data residency and data sovereignty requirements," the post continued.

Spanning, which was founded in 2010 and delivered its first product in 2011, offers Spanning Backup for Office 365 starting at $48 per user, per year. Spanning had been acquired by EMC in October of 2014, which was then acquired by Dell. Earlier in 2017, Spanning, which has about 8,000 customers worldwide, was spun off by Dell into a separate business.

"Moving to the cloud provides organizations with many benefits, including improved collaboration capabilities, reduced costs and increased security — but it is not without risks," Spanning CEO Jeff Erramouspe said in a statement. "SharePoint Online is a vital tool for collaboration across enterprise teams and encompasses sensitive internal data. By extending Spanning's key benefits to SharePoint Online, we're protecting the data that's the most critical—and relevant—to the enterprise."

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