Overheard: Word of the Day

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January 5, 2010  7:40 PM

Overheard – near CDP

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
backup and recovery, CDP, continuous data protection, Storage
Near CDP is a marketing invention of people who don’t offer continuous data protection but are trying to repackage non-continuous technologies as ‘kind of being the same thing.’

Mark Twomey, Non-CDP

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is near-continuous data protection.

January 4, 2010  6:23 PM

Overheard – hot desking

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
desktop virtualization, hot desking, virtual desktops
Up until now, hot desking has been hard to sell — especially in the banks. But now it is pretty attractive compared to a cold desk in the street.

David Crosbie, Sell your CIO on helpful technologies

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is hot desking.

December 23, 2009  2:42 PM

Overheard – Google Chrome OS

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Google Chrome OS
Chrome OS is only shipping on specific hardware from manufacturers Google has partnered with. That means if you want Chrome OS, you’ll have to purchase a Chrome OS device.

Sundar Pichai, Google OS: the end of the hard drive?

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Google Chrome OS.

December 22, 2009  6:20 PM

Overheard – chatty protocol

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
chatty protocol, Networking, WAN, WAN acceleration
Even the most widely used protocol on the Internet — namely, HTTP — may be described as both chatty (involving frequent communications) and bursty (involving numerous periods during which tens to hundreds of resource requests may be in flight on the network at any given moment).

Ed Tittel, WAN optimization techniques

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is chatty protocol.

December 21, 2009  1:01 PM

Overheard – WAN accelerator

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
WAN, WAN acceleration, WAN optimization, wide area network
It might take one or two hundred round trips to do a transaction. If that’s over a LAN and you have a delay or one or two milliseconds, nobody notices. Take that application and run it over a WAN … you get a delay of 10 to 20 seconds. That’s not acceptable.

Jim Metzler, Collaborate with programmers to deliver WAN application acceleration

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is WAN accelerator.

December 18, 2009  2:12 PM

Overheard – Active man in the middle attacks

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
We describe this type of attack as “active” rather than “passive” because of two essential differences in the nature of the attack:
• It is initiated by the attacker rather than the victim
• The target is entirely controlled by the attacker, rather than being limited by the extent of the victim’s browsing activity

Roi Saltzman and Adi Sharabani, Active Man in the Middle Attacks whitepaper

December 17, 2009  1:59 PM

Overheard – Code of Connection (CoCo)

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
CoCo consists of 92 detailed security questions, some of which deal with endpoint protection and encryption…”Some questions had to be answered by people with a mix of skills — the network guys, the server team, the installation guys. To be honest, we found it difficult to complete. I must have sent it back about five or six times to the project manager at Government Connect before we actually got accredited.”

Vernon Coles, as quoted in USB drive security project protects endpoints, aids CoCo compliance

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Code of Connection (CoCo)

December 16, 2009  5:11 PM

Overheard – Wayback machine

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
“It may be the single largest database in the world, and it’s all in a shipping container.”

Brewster Kahle, The Internet Archive’s Wayback Machine gets a new data center

The Internet Archive has been taking a snapshot of the World Wide Web every two months since 1997, and the images are made available through the Wayback Machine, a Web site that gets about 200,000 visitors a day or about 500 hits per second on the 4.5 petabyte database.  The machine fits in a 20-foot-long outdoor metal cargo container filled with 63 server clusters that offer 4.5 million gigabytes of data storage capacity and 1TB of memory.

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Wayback Machine.

December 15, 2009  1:43 PM

Overheard – SWAN

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
government IT, India, state wide area network
In India, the common man is not connected to the Internet and this is the major challenge facing e-governance projects in the country. SWAN will provide the basic network needed by e-government applications to establish their reach.

Tanmoy Chakrabarty, as quoted in Indian states take flight with SWANs

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the day is state wide area network (SWAN).

December 11, 2009  2:38 PM

Overheard – Transparent addressing

Posted by: Margaret Rouse
The two common features of WAN acceleration are compression and data deduplication…WAN acceleration can also speed data transfers by reducing the number of handshakes involved in the exchange.

SearchStorage.com, Storage consolidation: WAN acceleration and WAFS technology overview

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is transparent addressing.

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