Overheard: Word of the Day


December 3, 2012  4:28 PM

Word of the Day – Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) definition

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“Just 18 months ago, the networking industry was abuzz about the future of Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE) for converged storage networking. That’s not the case anymore.”Rivka Gewirtz Little

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Fibre Channel over Ethernet (FCoE), a storage protocol that enable Fibre Channel communications to run directly over Ethernet.

December 3, 2012  3:34 PM

Word of the Day – Microsoft Lync Server

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“Microsoft isn’t the unified communications market leader yet, but with its Lync UC platform and the ability to integrate Skype into its portfolio, the war with Cisco is on.”
Kate Gerwig

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Microsoft Lync Server.


November 29, 2012  10:56 PM

Word of the Day – reshoring definition

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“Earlier this year, President Obama announced a plan to remove outsourcing benefits in effort to stimulate the U.S. economy. Consequently, larger and smaller businesses are reshoring their production and IT workers.”Wendy Schuchart

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is reshoring, bringing outsourced personnel and services back to the location from which they were originally outsourced.


November 28, 2012  5:27 PM

Word of the Day – Internet Protocol address management (IPAM) definition

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“The basic function of an IPAM tool is to track IP addresses so that network administrators can know and report on such things as how many IP addresses are in use, how many are available and how volatile the changes are.”Tom Lancaster

Today’s Whatis.com Word of the Day is Internet Protocol address management (IPAM). Mandates like Sarbanes-Oxley (SOX) require administrators to control and monitor which computers or users had leases for a particular IP address over a certain period of time are inspiring organizations to include the cost of automating IPAM when addressing compliance burdens.


November 27, 2012  4:04 PM

Word of the Day – golden image definition

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“There is no single way to assemble and deploy images in a cloud environment. Golden masters work well in cases when image consistency is paramount; assembly on demand is a better option if you need to ensure machines are running the latest versions of software components.”Dan Sullivan

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is golden image, a template for provisioning a particular configuration of a new virtual machine (VM), virtual desktop, server or hard disk drive.  A golden image may also be referred to as a clone image, master image or stem-cell image.


November 18, 2012  10:51 PM

Word of the Day: social media analytics

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“Too much information can be the death knell for social media data analysis initiatives. You have to be able to focus on what matters to the business’ bottom line when using these tools and not look at every mention of your product or brand.”Seth Grimes

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is social media analytics.

Text analysis and sentiment analysis technologies are the basic components of all social media analytics.


November 15, 2012  1:43 AM

Word of the Day – Hyper-V Replica

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“One of the most important things about the Hyper-V Replica feature is that it is designed solely as a disaster recovery feature and not a resiliency feature. If the primary server were to fail, Hyper-V does not automatically fail the virtual machines over to the replicas (for that, you would use failover clustering).” — Brien Posey

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is Hyper-V Replica, a virtual machine (VM) replication feature of Microsoft Hyper-V 3.0 that takes a snapshot every five minutes and moves a copy to a secondary host.


November 13, 2012  12:15 PM

Word of the Day – social sourcing definition

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“Talent management tools are emerging that can facilitate and enhance searches for appropriate candidates on social media websites or the Web at large and then rapidly transfer the information into talent management software.” — Emma Snider

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is social sourcing, also known as social recruiting.  It probably comes as no surprise that HR managers are recruiting job candidates by trolling LinkedIn.


November 12, 2012  3:46 PM

Word of the Day – scalable video coding (SVC) definition

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“SVC codecs adapt to sub-par network connections by dropping packets or portions of the encoded picture in a way that reduces the frame rate or resolution of the picture, which prevents the picture from breaking up.”Stephen K. Campbell

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is scalable video coding (SVC).  SVC is based on the idea of slicing individual frames into layers to provide quality video even when the endpoints only receive a certain percentage of the layered frames. A mobile phone, for example, might only receive the base layer.


November 12, 2012  3:24 PM

Word of the Day: VXLAN definition

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“VXLAN, submitted to IETF in the Fall of 2011 and talked up at last year’s VMWorld, is a protocol for routing Layer 2 traffic over Layer 3 networks, with the goal of either expanding the available VLAN address space, or supporting inter-data center VM mobility, depending on who you ask. — Beth Pariseau

Today’s WhatIs.com Word of the Day is VXLAN (virtual extensible LAN), a protocol backed by Cisco, Citrix, Red Hat and VMware to make clouds more scalable while still isolating apps and tenants. Cisco is pushing the protocol’s scalability — it will allow up to 16 million virtual network IDs to be recognized at the same time, as compared to regular old VLANs’ measily 4,096 IDs. VMware is pushing the protocol’s potential to knock down VM migration boundaries.


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