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When moving cloud on premises, ask these important questions

In this recap of industry blogs, networking analysts discuss moving cloud on premises, per-application ADC innovation and how cyberattackers target the C-suite.

Sometimes, an enterprise's best option is to move the cloud on premises, especially when considering regulatory issues or legacy systems. Enterprise Strategy Group analyst Mark Bowker offered some questions that companies should consider when moving the cloud on premises.

Among them: How will workers be retrained to accommodate the presence of cloud on premises? How frequently will applications be shuttled between on-premises systems and public cloud providers? Companies also need to consider their commitment to containers and determine how on-premises applications and services will mesh with their existing environment, Bowker said.

While IT will take the lead in determining all the angles associated with moving cloud on premises, executives from all sides of the business have to be involved in making the final decision, Bowker said.

Read why a company might move some applications on premises and some of the key questions they need to ask.

Per-application ADCs take root

Application delivery controllers (ADCs) aren't what they used to be, and that's not necessarily a bad thing, according to Shamus McGillicuddy, an analyst at Enterprise Management Associates in Boulder, Colo. Instead of the monolithic ADCs of old, newer ADCs are nimble, software-based and engineered to respond per-application.

According to McGillicuddy, per-application ADCs are deployed and decommissioned on demand. If throughput increases, ADC resources can ratchet up quickly. No longer is it necessary for an enterprise to install a single -- and costly -- ADC with a capacity that might far exceed the traffic generated.

Among other advantages, per-application ADCs streamline the migration of applications from a private cloud to a public cloud, McGillicuddy said.

"Depending on the vendor, spinning up per-application ADC instances in the cloud can be relatively trivial," he wrote in a recent blog. "If your ADC vendor supports multicloud management and orchestration, this migration of ADC services from the private to public domain can" also be made relatively easily.

See what else McGillicuddy has to say about per-application ADCs.

C-level execs a favorite target of email attacks

C-level executives have a lot of access to a lot of valuable information. So it's no surprise these execs are the target of savvy cyberattackers. Global Data analyst Amy Larsen DeCarlo said social engineering attacks are the weapon of choice, citing research from the latest Verizon Data Breach Investigations Report.

Executives are 12 times more likely to be victims of tactics that include credential theft or incidents designed to lure targets to transfer money to an attacker's bank account, according to the report.

So-called business email compromises seem to work on high-level administrators because they normally don't have time to carefully scroll through messages, DeCarlo attributed the Verizon report as saying.

One bright spot: Verizon's research found W-2 phishing attacks that file false tax returns had dropped to nearly nothing. But the provider found no reason to explain why these attacks -- aimed at human resources staff -- had decreased so rapidly.

Catch up on some of the other findings from Verizon's report.

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