Overheard: Word of the Day

A Whatis.com blog


October 21, 2009  5:00 PM

Overheard – WAN clustering



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
failover, load balancing, WAN, WAN clustering, wide area network
“It’s going to involve different parts of your organization to really construct a true WAN cluster. You are going to have to involve your data storage team, your software team, your network engineering team and really look holistically at everything.”

Jeff Boles, WAN clustering emerges to provide transparent failover between physical sites

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

October 20, 2009  12:42 PM

Overheard – Shared Assessments Program



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Compliance, compliance audit, IT controls
“One of the big issues everyone faced, especially on the service provider side was the inconsistency in the level of questions and controls clients looked at. This sets the standard and a baseline so everyone is looking at pretty much the same types of controls…You remove inconsistency and raise the overall bar of information security.”

Charlie Miller, as quoted in Shared Assessments aims to ease third-party security evaluations

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Shared Assessments Program.


October 16, 2009  11:25 AM

Overheard – Real-time location system (RTLS)



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
802.11 asset management, real-time location service, RTLS, Supply Chain Management, Wi-fi
“A lot of healthcare equipment is starting to come with Wi-Fi radios already installed. If it’s not there, they add a Wi-Fi tag. It broadcasts and contacts the closest … access points.  Such tags retail for about $50 and can last for months, emitting ‘chirps’ to update any listening Wi-Fi access points about their current position and condition.”

Stan Schatt, Wi-Fi-based real-time location systems primed to grow market share

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is real-time location system.


October 15, 2009  5:58 PM

Overheard – Wi-Fi Direct



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Networking, Wi-fi
“In theory, Wi-Fi Direct takes personal area networks (PANs) from short distances using cables or Bluetooth to full Wi-Fi range and speed.”

Eric Griffith, New ‘Wi-Fi Direct’ Spec Revamps Device Networks

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Wi-Fi Direct.


October 14, 2009  3:32 PM

Overheard – Cloud cartography



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
cloud cartography, Cloud computing, Cloud Security, virtual machine escape
Cloud computing is about the commoditization of virtualization. That’s a mouthful, but that’s essentially what cloud computing is.

George Reese, as quoted in Learning to let go: A cloud security primer with George Reese

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is cloud cartography.


October 13, 2009  12:45 PM

Overheard – Master data management



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Data analytics, data management, master data management
“Master data management? We didn’t even know the words existed three months ago.”

Jonathan G.R. Spaetzel, as quoted in Master data management adoption ‘broad but shallow’ across industries

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is master data management.


October 8, 2009  1:20 PM

Overheard – Stateful inspection



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
firewall, stateful inspection
What type of traffic inspection do you need? This is where the buzzwords start to come into play. Every vendor out there has a different trademark for their traffic-inspection technology, but there are essentially three different options: packet-filtering, stateful-inspection and application-proxy firewalls.

Mike Chapple, How to choose a firewall

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is stateful inspection.


October 7, 2009  4:17 PM

Overheard – Today’s Google Doodle is a barcode



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
barcode, Google doodle, x dimension
doogle “At Google, we like to reflect the ever changing world of our users through the logo designs on our homepage. These ‘doodles’ celebrate different people, events or special dates. Whenever we change these doodles we receive a lot of public interest.”

Wael Ghonim, as quoted in Doodle your Logo like Google!

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is X dimension. It’s a term used in barcode technology. Google is celebrating the anniversary of this technology by changing its logo to a barcode today.

If you have a few minutes to spare, take an interesting tour at Google’s museum of Google Doodles. Many of them are location-specific.  Don’t you wish we had a holiday called “Moon Viewing Day” too?


October 5, 2009  12:04 PM

Overheard – Degaussing



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
Green computing, tape
“Outside of physical destruction, degaussing is a very reliable means for erasing backup tapes. The problem with basic degaussing is that there’s not a ‘yes’ or ‘no’ confirmation that the destruction has indeed taken place. So, ideally, both degaussing combined with physical destruction would be best to ensure nothing’s going to be recovered.”

Kevin Beaver, Secure data destruction options for old backup tapes and disk

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is degaussing.


October 2, 2009  3:10 PM

Overheard – Bookmarklets



Posted by: Margaret Rouse
bookmarklet, javascript, web design
“The Tiny Read bookmarklet will reformat your current web page into a printer friendly format. It actually changes the default CSS style of a site and renders it again using the print stylesheet.”

Amit Agarwal, Guide to Most Useful Bookmarklets for Chrome, Firefox, Safari, etc.

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is bookmarklet.  Amit has put together a very handy list of bookmarklets.  I absolutely LOVE the one he talks about above — it saves a lot of paper!


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