Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

September 30, 2013  4:16 PM

Word of the Day: colocation

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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is colocation, a data center facility in which a business can rent space for servers and other computing hardware.  There are several reasons a business might choose a colo over building its own data center, but one of the main drivers is the capital expenditures (CAPEX) associated with building, maintaining and updating a large computing facility. In the past, colos were often used by private enterprises for disaster recovery and redundancy. Today, colos are especially popular with cloud service providers. Continued…

Related terms

cloud provider
cloud services
managed service provider


“A colo is a partnership. You work with them to host your infrastructure, and they can help as much or as little as you want.” Chris Steffen

Quiz yourself

What do you call the purposeful — and sometimes deceptive — attempt to rebrand an old product or service by associating the buzzword “cloud” with it?

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How the colocation data center stacks up to cloud, on-premises builds
C7 built its new colocation data center in Utah. C7’s CEO Wes Swenson compares colocation to cloud and on-premises data centers.
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Getting into a colocation services arrangement with a provider that also offers cloud services has several additional advantages, namely a boost in application performance.
Seven often overlooked colocation costs
Independent disaster recovery expert Paul Kirvan discusses colocation costs that are often overlooked during disaster recovery (DR) service provider planning.

September 27, 2013  5:07 PM

Word of the Day: hardware emulation

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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is hardware emulation, the use of one hardware device to mimic the function of another hardware device. An administrator must use hardware emulation if he needs to run an unsupported operating system (OS) within a virtual machine (VM). In such a scenario, the virtual machine does not have direct access to server hardware. Instead, an emulation layer directs traffic between physical and virtual hardware. Continued…

Related terms:

ROM emulation
in-circuit emulator
terminal emulation


“One of the big problems with installing an operating system (OS) onto a virtual machine (VM) is that the OS thinks it is installed on physical hardware.” — Brien Posey

Quiz Yourself

If a software program is compiled to run with a particular processor and its set of instructions, the result can be referred to as ______ code.
a. native
b. object

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Five ways to improve virtual machine performance
Now that server virtualization has matured, it is possible to create high-performance virtual machines without hardware emulation.

September 26, 2013  1:49 PM

Word of the Day: FedRAMP

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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is FedRAMP  (Federal Risk and Authorization Program), a risk management program for outsourced information systems used by the United States government. Under FedRAMP, once a cloud service provider is authorized for one agency, other agencies can also use that service.



“Complying with the FedRAMP methodology and its security requirements can be a complex, expensive and demanding process for cloud providers.” — David Svec

Related Terms

Federal Cloud Computing Initiative
GSA IT Schedule 70

Quiz Yourself

What is unsourcing?
a. transferring support functions from paid employees to unpaid online communities.
b. bringing services back to the location from which they were originally outsourced.

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FedRAMP basics: Taking the mystery out of cloud security assessment
Learn how FedRAMP makes cloud security assessments easier both for government entities and non-government enterprises.
Selling government cloud services: FedRAMP vs. FISMA
Even if a cloud provider isn’t selling government cloud services, it’s still important to understand FedRAMP and FISMA because the public sector influences commercial markets.

September 25, 2013  3:47 PM

Word of the Day: SWOT analysis

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Word of the Day

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is SWOT analysis, a framework for identifying and analyzing the internal and external factors that can have an impact on the viability of a project, product, place or person.



“[A SWOT analysis] challenges you to see beyond your company walls to determine what opportunities are open for your company and how to capitalize on your strengths.” — Darrell Zahorsky

Related Terms

decision tree
decision management
decision support system
data-driven decision management

Quiz Yourself

What international business standard requires financial institutions to maintain enough cash reserves to cover risks incurred by operations?
b. Basel II

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Using SharePoint 2013 to enhance enterprise decision making
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September 24, 2013  4:34 PM

Word of the Day – Kyoto cooling

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“Cooling is directly related to the amount of power drawn by all of the electrical equipment in the data center. Power consumption is based on the number of amps drawn by the equipment. The more amps produced, the more cooling is required.” — Bill Kleyman

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Kyoto cooling. Kyoto cooling, also called the Kyoto wheel, is an energy-efficient free cooling method for data centers developed in the Netherlands. Continue…

February 19, 2013  2:32 PM

Word of the Day – integrated business planning (IBP)

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“Ideally, companies should integrate their business planning across multiple departments within each line of business (which is hard to do) and across lines of business that must work together — which is even harder.”Barry Wilderman

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is integrated business planning (IBP), a strategy for connecting the planning functions of each department in an organization to align operations and strategy with the organization’s financial performance.

February 7, 2013  7:45 PM

Word of the Day – application virtualization

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“Unfortunately, some apps can’t or shouldn’t be virtualized. For instance, kernel-based device drivers won’t work with any of the application virtualization products on the market today. Adobe Acrobat, for example, which has a printer driver, can’t be virtualized. “Bridget Botelho

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is application virtualization, which separates the installation of an application from the client computer that is accessing it. There are two types of application virtualization: remote and streaming. Remote applications run on a server and end user devices view and interact with applications over a network by using a remote display protocol. With streaming applications, the virtualized application is actually executed on the end user’s computing device. When an application is requested, the required components are downloaded to the local computer on demand.

February 6, 2013  5:54 PM

Word of the Day – shared nothing live migration

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“Because shared-nothing live migrations take longer and put a larger strain on the network, they aren’t automated. Instead, most admins will start the process manually as part of a maintenance activity or other operational change.” — Alastair Cooke

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is shared-nothing live migration, a feature of Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 and VMware vSphere 5.1 that allows a virtual machine (VM) to be moved from one physical server with direct-attached storage to another physical server with direct-attached storage.

February 4, 2013  2:37 PM

Word of the Day – WebOps

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“While DevOps just handles deployment, WebOps goes further into managing the business activity of the application. It ensures proper infrastructure capacity for that process, automating systems software in general — including data base servers, CRM systems and ERP systems.”Matt Heusser

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is WebOps,  a spinoff of DevOps, the blending of tasks performed by a company’s application development and systems operations teams.

February 2, 2013  2:08 PM

Word of the Day – knowledge management

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“Consider gamifying your knowledge management system. A badge that says this person is really knowledgeable about a product or process is one of the truly valuable badges in any company, and it gives status to your best employees and your best contributing customers.”Denis Pombriant

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is knowlege management. Knowledge management involves data mining and some method of operation to push information to users. A knowledge management plan involves a survey of corporate goals and a close examination of the tools, both traditional and technical, that are required for addressing the needs of the company. The challenge of selecting a knowledge management system is to purchase or build software that fits the context of the overall plan and encourages employees to use the system and share information.

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