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Networking

Definitions about networking including routing and switching vocabulary, telecom terminology and words about email, messaging and mobile.

Circuit switched services equipment and providers

Terms related to circuit switched services equipment and providers, including dedicated communications channel definitions and words and phrases about telecommunications.

  • trunk

    A trunk is a physical path or link in a communications system that interconnects major switching centers or nodes and is designed to handle many transmissions simultaneously.

  • service-level agreement (SLA)

    A service-level agreement (SLA) is a contract that specifies what the service provider is responsible for.

  • signal-to-noise ratio (S/N or SNR)

    In analog and digital communications, signal-to-noise ratio is a measure of signal strength relative to background noise. This ratio is usually measured in decibels.

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Data transmission

Terms related to data transmission, including definitions about communication channels and words and phrases about point-to-point and point-to-multipoint data transfers.

  • managed file transfer (MFT)

    Managed file transfer (MFT) is a type of software used to provide secure internal, external and ad-hoc data transfers through a network.

  • von Neumann bottleneck

    The von Neumann bottleneck is a limitation on throughput caused by the standard personal computer architecture.

  • trunk

    A trunk is a physical path or link in a communications system that interconnects major switching centers or nodes and is designed to handle many transmissions simultaneously.

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Email and messaging

Terms related to email and messaging, including definitions about instant messenger and words and phrases about email servers, storage, spam and mobile access.

  • spear phishing

    Spear phishing is an email-spoofing attack that targets a specific organization or individual, seeking unauthorized access to sensitive information.

  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an event.

  • email spam

    Email spam, or junk email, is unsolicited bulk messages sent through email with commercial, fraudulent or malicious intent.

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High-speed networks

Terms related to high-speed communication networks, including network and end-system architecture definitions and words and phrases about high-bandwidth and low-latency communication.

  • network convergence

    Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network.

  • dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM)

    Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is a technology that puts data from different sources together on an optical fiber, with each signal carried at the same time on its own separate light wavelength.

  • bandwidth

    Definition: Learn what bandwidth is and how the term is used as a synonym for signal frequency range, data transfer rate and capacity.

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Internet of Things

The Internet of Things (IoT) is a scenario in which objects, animals or people are provided with unique identifiers and the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human interaction.

  • Compute Card (Intel Compute Card)

    Intel Compute Card is a device that includes everything needed to add a computing base to smart and connected devices. The add-on device comes in a 95x55x5mm package, the size of a stack of five credit cards.

  • Intel Compute Card

    Intel Compute Card is a device that includes everything needed to add a computing base to smart and connected devices. The add-on device comes in a 95x55x5mm package, the size of a stack of five credit cards.

  • sensor fusion

    Sensor fusion is the combined use of multiple types of sensor data for a more complete picture of the sensor’s subject or environment.

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LANs

Terms related to local area networks (LANs), including definitions about Ethernet and words and phrases about devices that share a common communications line or link.

  • managed file transfer (MFT)

    Managed file transfer (MFT) is a type of software used to provide secure internal, external and ad-hoc data transfers through a network.

  • network automation

    Network automation is the use of IT controls to supervise and carry out every-day network management functions.

  • 40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE)

    40 Gigabit Ethernet (40GbE) is a standard that enables the transfer of Ethernet frames at speeds of up to 40 gigabits per second (Gbps). 40 GbE runs on Quad Small Form Factor Pluggable (QSFFP) cabling, a high-density fiber connector with 12 strands of fiber.

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Network hardware

Terms related to network hardware, including definitions about cables or file servers and words and phrases about routers and switches.

  • dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM)

    Dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) is a technology that puts data from different sources together on an optical fiber, with each signal carried at the same time on its own separate light wavelength.

  • Elastic Load Balancing (ELB)

    Elastic Load Balancing (ELB) is a load-balancing service for Amazon Web Services (AWS) deployments.

  • Wi-Fi (802.11x standard)

    Wi-Fi is the popular term for high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and a standard that has gained acceptance in many companies as an alternative to a wired LAN.

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Network software

Terms related to network software, including definitions about network monitoring and words and phrases about network administration.

  • systems engineering (SE)

    Systems engineering (SE) is an interdisciplinary area of technology that encompasses software and hardware systems design and development with consideration to their interconnections and the environment in which they operate.

  • mirror site

    A mirrored site is a website or set of files on a server that has been copied to another server so that the site or files are available from more than one place.

  • IT systems management

    Systems management is the administration of the information technology systems in an enterprise data center. An effective systems management plan facilitates the delivery of IT as a service (ITaaS) and allows the organization's employees to respond to changing business requirements in an agile manner.

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Networking and communications

Terms related to networking and communications, including definitions about network protocols and words and phrases about data transmission.

  • network convergence

    Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network.

  • managed file transfer (MFT)

    Managed file transfer (MFT) is a type of software used to provide secure internal, external and ad-hoc data transfers through a network.

  • acoustical mesh network

    An acoustical mesh network is a decentralized communication system that transmits data by using sound to connect computers. There are both legitimate and unscrupulous uses for acoustical mesh networks.

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Routing and switching

Terms related to routers and switches, including definitions about hubs and words and phrases about packet-switched networks.

  • subnet mask (subnetting)

    A subnet mask is a 32- or 128-bit number that segments an existing IP address in a TCP/IP network and divides that address into discrete network and host addresses.

  • adaptive routing (dynamic routing)

    Adaptive routing, also called dynamic routing, is a process for determining the optimal path a data packet should follow through a network to arrive at a specific destination. Adaptive routing can be compared to a commuter taking a different route to work after learning that traffic on his usual route is backed up.

  • recursive DNS server

    A recursive DNS server is a domain name system server that takes website name or URL (uniform resource locator) requests from users and checks the records attained from authoritative DNS servers for the associated IP address.

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Smart grid

Terms related to smart grids, including definitions about utility electricity delivery systems and words and phrases about smart meters and distributing, monitoring and billing electrical power.

  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    The Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES, is a symmetric block cipher used by the U.S. government to protect classified information and is implemented in software and hardware throughout the world to encrypt sensitive data.

  • Internet of Things (IoT)

    The Internet of Things (IoT) is an environment in which objects, animals or people are assigned unique identifiers and given the ability to transfer data over a network without requiring human-to-human or human-to-computer interaction.

  • WRAN (wireless regional area network)

    A wireless regional area network (WRAN) is techology based on IEEE 802.22 to take advantage of underused white space spectrum and bring high-speed wireless connectivity to rural areas.

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Telecom

Terms related to telecom, including definitions about telecommunication service providers and words and phrases about voice, video and Internet communication.

  • cloud services

    Cloud services is an umbrella term that may refer to a variety of resources provided over the internet, or to professional services that support the deployment of such cloud-based resources.

  • landline

    A landline is a telephone that transmits signals converted from audio data through physical media, such as wire or fibre optic cable, rather than through wireless transmission as is the case with mobile phones.

  • personal digital assistant

    Personal digital assistants were the precursors to smartphones. Most PDAs had a small physical keyboard, and many types of applications were written for these devices.

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VoIP

Terms related to voice over IP (VoIP), including definitions about communication protocols and words and phrases about making phone calls over the Internet.

  • network convergence

    Network convergence is the efficient coexistence of telephone, video and data communication within a single network.

  • data deduplication

    Deduplication retains one unique data instance to reduce storage and bandwidth consumed by remote backups, replication and disaster recovery.

  • VoIP (voice over IP)

    VoIP enables voice and multimedia communications, such as phone calls, over the internet and other IP-based networks, and allows enterprises to operate a single voice and data network.

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Wireless LANs

Terms related to wireless LANs, including definitions about Wi-Fi and words and phrases about wireless access points, wireless controllers, wireless LAN security and WLAN configuration.

  • radio frequency (RF, rf)

    Radio frequency is a measurement representing the oscillation rate of electromagnetic radiation spectrum, or electromagnetic radio waves, from frequencies ranging from 300 GHz to as low as 9 kHz.

  • line of sight (LOS)

    The level of obstruction in a line of sight determines not only the visibility from one point to another but also the quality of signal reception for wireless transmissions, such as Wi-Fi.

  • Wi-Fi (802.11x standard)

    Wi-Fi is the popular term for high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and a standard that has gained acceptance in many companies as an alternative to a wired LAN.

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Wireless technologies

Terms related to wireless technologies, including definitions about wireless devices and words and phrases about radio, microwave and infrared communication.

  • Qi (Wireless Power Consortium)

    Qi (pronounced CHEE) is a manufacturer-agnostic standard for wirelessly charging battery-powered devices. Qi, which means life energy in Chinese, was developed and is maintained by the Wireless Power Consortium.

  • Wi-Fi (802.11x standard)

    Wi-Fi is the popular term for high-frequency wireless local area network (WLAN) technology and a standard that has gained acceptance in many companies as an alternative to a wired LAN.

  • Bluetooth

    Bluetooth technology allows computers, mobile devices and accessories to easily interconnect with each other. A Bluetooth connection is wireless and works over a short range.

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    A cyborg anthropologist is an individual who studies the interaction between humans and technology, observing how technology can ...

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  • Advanced Encryption Standard (AES)

    The Advanced Encryption Standard, or AES, is a symmetric block cipher used by the U.S. government to protect classified ...

  • identity theft

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    Spear phishing is an email-spoofing attack that targets a specific organization or individual, seeking unauthorized access to ...

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  • call tree

    A call tree -- sometimes referred to as a phone tree -- is a telecommunications chain for notifying specific individuals of an ...

  • mass notification system (MNS)

    A mass notification system is a platform that sends one-way messages to inform employees and the public of an emergency.

  • disaster recovery as a service (DRaaS)

    One approach to a strong disaster recovery plan is DRaaS, where companies offload data replication and restoration ...

SearchStorage

  • CIFS (Common Internet File System)

    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an ...

  • GlusterFS (Gluster File System)

    GlusterFS (Gluster File System) is an open source distributed file system that can scale out in building-block fashion to store ...

  • virtual memory

    Virtual memory is a memory management capability of an OS that allows a computer to compensate for physical memory shortages by ...

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  • Tier 0

    Tier 0 (tier zero) is a level of data storage that is faster, and perhaps more expensive, than any other level in the storage ...

  • PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive)

    A PCIe SSD (PCIe solid-state drive) is a high-speed expansion card that attaches a computer to its peripherals.

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    SSD caching, also known as flash caching, is the temporary storage of data on NAND flash memory chips in a solid-state drive so ...

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    A RESTful application program interface breaks down a transaction to create a series of small modules, each of which addresses an...

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    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or ...

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    Zadara Storage provides block, file or object storage with varying levels of compute and capacity through its ZIOS and VPSA ...

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