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SolarWinds Hack Pits Microsoft Against Dell, IBM Over How Companies Store Data

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Microsoft president Brad Smith.

Microsoft president Brad Smith called for a full examination of what other cloud services and networks the Russians have accessed."

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Major technology companies are debating the safest data storage measures for customers following the SolarWinds hack, which compromised many U.S. government and corporate networks.

Microsoft's argument that clients should use cloud computing systems is up against Dell Technologies and IBM's contention that a hybrid-cloud system is more secure.

Government and industry experts think the suspected Russia-led exploit was conducted via networking company SolarWinds; Microsoft's Brad Smith backed the cloud migration solution in last week's House committee hearing, claiming his company identified on-premises systems as targets in the breach.

Meanwhile, Paul Cormier at IBM subsidiary Red Hat said it is impractical to expect companies to move all their data to the cloud, as many must retain data on-premises for security or regulatory reasons.

Dell's Deepak Patil added that "the reality is, look at a majority of customers, their workloads are running on-prem."

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