Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com


September 10, 2018  5:04 PM

NVMe

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NVMe (non-volatile memory express) is a host controller interface and storage protocol created to accelerate the transfer of data between enterprise and client systems and solid-state drives (SSDs) over a computer’s high-speed Peripheral Component Interconnect Express (PCIe) bus. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“NVMe over FC, also known as FC-NVMe, represents a critical next step in defining the future of the data center.” – Scott Sinclair

Learning Center
NVMe over FC is happening, and it’s time to prepare
It will be interesting to see how much NVMe over FC, part of the NVMe-over-Fabrics specification, lowers performance latencies in Fibre Channel SANs.

Broadcom preps for NVMe over Fibre Channel with Brocade gear
Broadcom ships Brocade 128-port, 32-gig FC switch and director blade, updates SAN management software to ease the way to NVMe over Fibre Channel while waiting for array support.

How NVMe technology and NVMe over Fabrics will change storage
NVMe technology is beginning to make significant inroads in the data center. The next step for many organizations is for NVMe over Fabrics to establish itself as a predominant networking protocol.

Cisco MDS FC Director switches expand with eye on NVMe
The 1U Cisco MDS 9148 comes with 24 ports for entry-level SANs Customers can light up to 48 ports in eight-port increments. The MDS 9396T switch has 48 ports and scales in 16-port increments, up to 96 ports. Cisco adds an automated SAN zone to ease transition to 32 Gbps FC.

NVMe SSD speeds explained
Ever wondered about the nitty-gritty details of NVMe SSD speeds and architectures? This in-depth explanation has you covered.

Trending Terms
controller
NVMe over Fabrics
NVMe over Fibre Channel
host bus adapter
SAS SSD
SATA

Quiz Yourself
Servers equipped with flash storage are increasingly common and can _________ reduce latency.
A. farther
B. further
Answer

September 9, 2018  4:24 PM

over-the-top (OTT)

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Over-the-top (OTT) is networking lingo that describes the delivery of content, services or applications over the internet. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“OTT has changed the way we consume media and substantiated the business case for a new service provided at an attractive price that resonates with the end user.” – Jerome Rota

Learning Center
What’s the difference between pay TV, over-the-top (OTT) TV and over-the-air (OTA) TV?
Over-the-top (OTT) and pay TV are two business models that allow consumers to subscribe to television content. Learn how the different services allow customers to choose a viewing experience based on their preferences.

Midyear 2018 telecom trends: Operators broaden their focus
Checking in on midyear 2018 telecom trends: Service providers are battling declining profit per bit by investing in content and online advertising companies, rethinking their 5G wireless strategies and examining the best way to approach network automation.

OTT and IoT evolution: Consumer choice fuels innovation
There’s a multiparty face-off regarding the future of OTT and the TV ecosystem. It’s clear that the consumer is going to win regardless of who triumphs.

Over-the-top providers make your dumb pipe smart
Would you consider buying phone numbers wholesale from over-the-top providers? This interview examines the advantages of bringing OTT to your telecom services.

Look to over-the-top services to secure mobile, says specialist
Mobile network operators should look to 3G and 4G while enterprises should consider OTT services to provide the best security, says telecommunications industry veteran and pioneer Charles Brookson.

Trending Terms
edge provider
internet TV
cord cutting
video streaming service
Net Neutrality
content delivery network

Quiz Yourself
In many places that _______ have broadband internet, enjoying quality OTT content can be difficult because the bandwidth is simply not there.
a, supposably
b. supposedly
Answer


September 7, 2018  5:00 PM

LARP (Live Action Role Playing)

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LARP (Live Action Role Playing), also called LARPing, is a character-driven type of gameplay that is conducted in the physical world. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“There has been a drive from developers toward creating general applications that are more social; many mobile games have become more and more focused on communities.” – Ritesh Mehta

Learning Center
IoT gives the mobile gaming industry a facelift
The mobile gaming industry is getting a makeover thanks to the internet of things. Tatvasoft’s Ritesh Mehta explains how IoT and gaming go hand in hand.

AR/VR is changing the way enterprises do business – ready to jump in?
Augmented reality and virtual reality technologies aren’t just for gamers anymore. Harman’s Andrew Till explains how AR/VR is changing the enterprise as we know it.

Time for developers to get real about augmented reality technology
Augmented reality technology blends virtual reality with real-world images to create immersive user experiences. Developers need to get ready — really.

HR plays to win with gamification for learning
Gamification for learning can help boost engagement and contribute to employee experience. Here’s a look at how some companies are using the concept.

Uses for augmented reality and virtual reality come into focus
The various uses for augmented reality, mixed reality and virtual reality technologies promise to reshape the IoT market by turning data into action.

Trending Terms
pervasive gaming
role-playing game
AR gaming
VR gaming
immersive VR
pervasive computing
Pokemon GO

Quiz Yourself
Augmented reality seems futuristic but ____ potential has already begun to be realized.
a. its
b. it’s
Answer


September 6, 2018  4:31 PM

hyper-converged software

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Hyper-converged software is a type of virtualization platform that turns a commodity server into a hyper-converged appliance that includes compute, storage and server virtualization in one box. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Hyper-converged infrastructure software offers many of the same advantages of traditional hyper-converged systems, while greatly loosening the restrictions on hardware.” – Brien Posey

Learning Center
Hyper-converged software: Eight things you need to know
Using hyper-converged software as the basis of a DIY HCI platform can bring great benefits to the right kind of IT operation. But before choosing to go down the self-built HCI path, you need to consider costs, support, and development and implementation times.

Hyper-converged infrastructure software aids IT flexibility
If you are worried about having to scale all components in your organization’s HCI platform at the same time, hyper-converged infrastructure software might be the solution. Installing software on existing hardware can mean you can scale storage independent of compute.

Hypervisor software and your hyper-converged infrastructure
The hypervisor software in your organization’s HCI system may not get as much attention as storage or compute, but it is just as important.

Seven hyper-converged software options for DIY HCI
Which hyper-converged software options are available to shops that already have hardware in place? Offerings from Atlantis, Maxta and VMware top the list.

HCI software platforms come with challenges, benefits
Fears of vendor lock-in prompt IT to evaluate HCI software-only options to offer greater flexibility, despite possible hardware compatibility concerns.

Trending Terms
server virtualization
storage provisioning
thin provisioning
hyper-converged appliance
data deduplication
replication

Quiz Yourself
_________ of the cost, we should seriously think about moving to a converged infrastructure.
A. Irregardless
B. Regardless
Answer


September 4, 2018  6:46 PM

EV SSL certificate

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An EV SSL certificate (Extended Validation SSL certificate) is an enhanced computer networking protocol for securing connections between network application clients and servers over an insecure network, such as the internet. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“EV SSL certificates enhance credibility by showing discerning consumers that a prospective transaction is with a legitimate recipient and that the site is serious about protecting the data of its customers.” – Michael Fowler

Learning Center
Running a private certificate authority: What are the risks?
Running a private certificate authority can be a challenge. Here’s how your security team can handle the situation and meet baseline requirements.

How to address key SSL security issues and vulnerabilities
SSL security issues are growing, from vulnerabilities in outdated versions to questionable certificates. Find out how to address these problems.

23,000 Symantec certificates revoked following leak of private keys
DigiCert had more than 20,000 Symantec certificates revoked after reseller partner Trustico exposed the certificates’ private keys.

How to buy digital certificates for your enterprise
If you’re in the market to buy digital certificates, read this guide to learn what features are essential and how to evaluate the available options.

What risks do untrusted certificates pose to enterprises?
Untrusted certificates are still in use across major websites, even after Google and Mozilla announced plans to stop trusting them. Here’s a look at some possible security risks of continuing to use these digital certificates.

Trending Terms
certificate authority
SSL certificate
e-commerce
HTTPS
digital certificate
TLS
PCI-DSS

Quiz Yourself
Ideally, digital certificates are ________ compatible with older browsers and operating systems, a concept known as ubiquity.
A. backwards
B. backward
Answer


September 3, 2018  8:13 PM

multi-cloud strategy

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A multi-cloud strategy is the use of two or more cloud computing services. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Regardless of how many or which clouds you use in your multi-cloud strategy, one thing remains the same: It’s all about protecting and managing data wherever it resides.” – Dave Raffo

Learning Center
Who needs a multi-cloud environment and how best to deploy one
A multi-cloud environment isn’t right for every business. But for those that need service reliability, data privacy and flexibility in the cloud services they use and cost-effective services, a multi-cloud approach might be the answer.

The best multi-cloud strategy is to just ignore the hype
A multi-cloud strategy is only useful if you have a clear understanding of what it means and the technical constraints to operate multiple IaaS clouds.

A multi-cloud strategy provides more options and headaches
Multi-cloud strategy has taken over the cloud conversation. It’s no longer a matter of how to use the cloud, but rather how to play to the strengths of the various cloud service providers.

Don’t let Kubernetes services stall a multi-cloud strategy
While managed Kubernetes services from AWS, Google and Microsoft have their perks, they aren’t necessarily conducive to portability in a multi-cloud strategy. Certain third-party tools and deployment tips, however, offer a workaround.

Four situations where a multi-cloud strategy makes sense
A multi-cloud strategy is best for businesses needing to protect against data loss and ensure business continuity. It’s also a good way to protect privacy, provide flexibility and optimize the whole cloud experience.

Trending Terms
IaaS
vendor lock-in
data sovereignty
availability zones
hybrid cloud

Quiz Yourself
Brokers must work closely with cloud providers, while also _________ their services to appeal to customers.
A. distinguishing
B. differentiating
Answer


August 30, 2018  8:09 PM

low-code/no-code (LCNC) development platform

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A low-code/no-code (LCNC) development platform is a visual integrated development environment (IDE) that allows citizen developers to drag-and-drop application components, connect them together and create a mobile or web app. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“A lot of low-code/no-code platforms allow you to get on and build an app but then if you want to take it further, you’ll see users wanting to move to something else.” – Ray Wang

Learning Center
No-code and low-code tools seek ways to stand out in a crowd
No-code and low-code platform providers differentiate their tools to woo users in a hot market. Companies such as Skuid have new templates or ready-made apps that users can customize, while Quick Base offers Kanban reports, and OutSystems plans to add AI to its tools.

Mitigate low-code/no-code platform security risks
Low-code/no-code platforms simplify app development, but also come with inherent security risks. Use these best practices to address these issues head-on.

Pros and cons of a low-code platform for mobile
A low-code platform is like a double-edged sword; it makes mobile app development easy — but it also makes development accessible to non-developers. Explore the advantages and challenges of this emerging development trend.

Low-code platform leaders for business users push usability, AI
A recent Forrester Research study spotlights Microsoft, AppSheet and Betty Blocks among a dozen low-code platform providers for business users who wish to create mobile applications without writing code. Low-code platforms have become popular tools to help companies overcome the developer talent gap.

No-code/low-code app development evolves from loathed to loved
Forward-thinking CIOs have turned a corner and come to use no-code/low-code app development tools for better business project success.

Trending Terms
citizen development
GUI
NoOps
build your own app
Scratch
mobile application development platform

Quiz Yourself
A citizen developer can help companies ________ to changing business needs by creating simple solutions with minimal involvement from IT.
A. adopt
B. adapt
Answer


August 29, 2018  7:45 PM

Qlik

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Qlik is a software vendor specializing in data visualization, executive dashboards and self-service business intelligence products. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“At a high level, data discovery tools help organizations glean insight and value from data. Through visualizations, analytics and other basic capabilities, these products ensure business intelligence initiative success.” – Bob Violino

Learning Center
Predictive analytics in education can flag troubled students
Predictive analytics in education may help administrators of the sprawling Loudoun County, Va., school district identify at-risk students and help them faster.

Qlik Sense vs. QlikView: How the two Qlik tools compare
On the question of Qlik Sense vs. QlikView, the differences between the two popular data visualization products are mostly minor.

Choosing the right data discovery platform for the enterprise
Visualizations, IT management, data sources and compliance features are just some considerations for businesses in the market for data discovery tools. Ultimately, business goals determine the best data discovery platform, so it’s vital that the features deliver.

Mike Capone, Qlik CEO, says roadmap targets cloud, big data
Mike Capone, Qlik CEO, says the company’s software is strong, but it must evolve to keep pace with changes in cloud computing, big data and cognitive computing.

BI vendors aim to ease visual data analysis by business users
GoodData and Periscope Data are the latest BI software vendors to add visual data analysis capabilities that enable business users to explore data sets and create data visualizations on their own.

Trending Terms
data visualization
executive dashboard
self-service analytics
in-memory analytics
data governance
data silo

Quiz Yourself
To remain effective, analytical processes must ________ fine-tuned.
A. constantly stay
B. stay constantly
Answer


August 28, 2018  7:33 PM

Ansible playbook

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An Ansible playbook is an organized unit of scripts that defines work for a server configuration managed by the automation tool Ansible. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“An Ansible playbook presents IT organizations with a human- and machine-readable way to describe infrastructure configurations, build containers and do other tasks.” – Sander van Vugt

Learning Center
How to start using Ansible for Windows management
Ansible for Windows gives administrators versed in Microsoft technology a versatile tool that’s easy to configure and scales up to manage multiple machines using the PowerShell technology they already know.

Two Ansible playbook examples illustrate config management
Delve into these Ansible playbook examples to learn how the configuration management tool makes short work of tasks.

Learn Ansible basics in this video tutorial
Follow along with this video through the Ansible basics of effective configuration management and automation, via ad hoc commands and playbooks.

Ansible variables give structure to playbook execution
Ansible variables organize and direct playbook execution by conditions such as server type — and that’s a fact.

Use Ansible in vSphere to automate management tasks
Using Ansible in vSphere allows you to script many management responsibilities including VM provisioning and tasks related to adding, removing or modifying VMKernel interfaces, vSwitches and portgroups.

Trending Terms
Ansible
configuration management
Red Hat
open source
role-based access control
OpenStack

Quiz Yourself
Due to a configuration problem, _____ email servers are down and users have no access.
a. you’re
b. your
Answer


August 27, 2018  7:29 PM

Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP)

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The Apple Device Enrollment Program (DEP) is an online service that automates the enrollment and configuration of Apple OS X and iOS devices in an organization’s mobile device management software. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Apple’s Device Enrollment Program (DEP) simplifies the process for IT to enroll a new Apple device through automation…Unlike Apple’s previous device management tools, DEP prevents users from removing devices from the program.” – Kristen Gloss

Learning Center
Explore new iOS security features
Organizations can expect new iOS security features from Apple with the release of iOS 12. Learn how to make devices more secure and find out what other features already help with device management.

How Apple DEP works and why it’s important
Apple’s Device Enrollment Program can help organizations provide simpler device management. Learn how the Apple DEP made waves in endpoint management strategy.

Explore new options for Apple enterprise device management
Apple enterprise device management has been notoriously challenging. Learn about a few updates from Apple that may make the process easier from an IT admin’s perspective.

Apple Device Enrollment Program expands, but IT wants more
The Apple Device Enrollment Program will support devices not bought from Apple or channel partners, a huge help for schools, SMBs, nonprofits and others.

Explore options for automatic device enrollment
The number of mobile devices is increasing, but so are options for device enrollment. IT can simplify the process by using programs from major mobile providers, such as Apple’s DEP and Samsung’s KME.

Trending Terms
OS X
mobile device management
enterprise mobility management
BYOD
enterprise app store
iOS

Quiz Yourself
Your Apple ID is the user name you use to _____ to iCloud, iTunes and the app store.
a. log in
b. login
Answer


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