Austin-based cloud apps startup Spanning, which provides a backup service for Google Apps, just launched a new version of its service (Spanning 3.0) which includes a feature I.T. admins are sure to love: a health monitor for Google Apps. The new dashboard shows the status of a company’s Google Apps system, including problems, errors, possible causes and suggested fixes. Day-by-day reports are available, too.
But Spanning’s most visible change may be the service’s updated style, courtesy of ex-Frog designer BJ Heinley.
The monitoring system is a key new addition to the updated Spanning system, as it allows admins to figure out what went down, how and why. As admins drill down into the problems highlighted, they’re able to either take action to fix the system themselves or alert Google to the problem. Also provided by the dashboard is a complete Google Apps status history, a storage usage panel which shows heaviest users and total data figures, and a license overview that shows how many accounts are protected by Spanning’s licenses.
However, the most visible new feature, besides the Apps dashboard of course, is the new visual styling. The company recently hired a new VP of Design and User Experience, BJ Heinley, an ex-Frog Design and ex-Yahoo’er, who has been tasked with giving the entire product a UI/UX makeover. See? Enterprise apps can be sexy. (Well, they can look it, at least.)
Spanning, which competes with a similar service from Backupify, previously raised $2 million in funding from the Foundry Group back in April 2010. The app is available from the Google Apps Marketplace here.
Spanning Cloud Apps, based in Austin, Texas, was spun out of Spanning Sync, Inc. by its founder Charlie Wood in 2010. Spanning helps its customers protect their business-critical information in the cloud. The company’s flagship product Spanning Backup is business-class, cloud-to-cloud backup for Google Apps. It’s won high praise from customers and has become the most highly-rated security and compliance application on the Google Apps Marketplace. Investors include Foundry Group of Boulder, Colorado.