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Krista Macomber, a senior analyst at Evaluator Group, similarly said the cloud shouldn’t be a replacement for a protection strategy or considering other vendors specializing in security.
“I think the jury is still a little bit out, in terms of what the cloud providers offer for full data protection,” she said. “I don’t think that answer is right there today.”
Vendors such as Panzura can offer some cost-cutting measures versus wholesale replication in the cloud, such as eliminating snapshot fees, because public clouds can add up costs quickly.
“Being able to keep data can get expensive in the cloud,” Macomber said. “We do see some vendors getting creative in ways of trying to avoid those costs. At the end of the day, it comes around to your particular requirements and your particular implementation.”
Data ownership and protection, ultimately, comes down to the individual customer, as many hyperscalers offer no protection guarantees, Macomber said. She also echoed Bertrand’s comments on IT departments practicing their defensive maneuvers.
“These bad actors are getting smarter all the time,” she said. “They’re getting extremely innovative, and they’re getting better all time.”