Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

June 20, 2018  8:34 PM


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Fifth-generation wireless, or 5G, is the latest iteration of cellular technology, engineered to greatly increase the speed and responsiveness of wireless networks. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Some of the infrastructure for fifth-generation wireless seems certain to be deployed, but most 5G features that get vendor and media attention are still waiting for a solid business case to provide a return on investment.” – Tom Nolle

Learning Center
Carrier cloud needs 5G wireless networks, other drivers for success
The carrier cloud is needed to complete a variety of software-based networking efforts, but it’s unclear how it will get deployed. Adoption of 5G wireless networks can drive carrier cloud deployment, but in the nearer term, video streaming and network industry competition can help get the job done.

Understand the basics of 5G wireless networks
5G wireless networks promise to change the enterprise’s use of advanced technologies through high-speed wireless data delivery. Here, learn the basics of 5G.

The role of SDN in 5G technology and the WAN: Can it scale?
The use of SDN in 5G technology could expand if network operators find it scalable enough to work in 5G, metro networks and even the WAN. If not, 5G could move on without it.

What will drive the 5G revolution?
We are at the beginning of a new era of global connectivity. Tata Communications’ Tim Sherwood explains why telcos are investing in 5G to transport larger amounts of data at higher speeds with lower latency.

5G service lifecycle automation may be key to business cases
5G service lifecycle automation is key to making mobile core operations and services efficient, and it offers a path to revenue-producing business cases.

Trending Terms
millimeter wave
real-time communications
fiber optics

Writing for Business
The seminar covered an introduction to the _________ wireless protocols.
A. principal
B. principle

June 19, 2018  8:31 PM

Active Directory functional levels

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Active Directory functional levels are controls that specify which advanced Active Directory domain features can be used in an enterprise domain. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“In a multi-domain environment, nesting is unavoidable. Stick to single domain topologies when possible.” – Tim Warner

Learning Center
Organize Active Directory with these strategies
Find the best way to organize Active Directory groups with these pointers to reduce the administrative workload.

Do Active Directory functional levels still matter?
Active Directory functional levels help ensure a certain degree of functionality is retained when different versions of Windows are running on multiple domain controllers.

The top Active Directory tools and techniques for backup and restore
There are many Active Directory tools to ensure backups and restorations of this critical component to your organization.

DCs at sea: Configuring mobile Active Directory domain infrastructures
Working with mobile Windows domains can complicate things, but admins should remember that basic Active Directory principles apply to both mobile and fixed domains.

Monitor Active Directory replication via PowerShell
Monitor Active Directory replication with help from a PowerShell script to avoid an avalanche of issues when domain controller synchronization fails.

Trending Terms
Active Directory domain
domain controller
Active Directory forest
Active Directory Certificate Services
Microsoft ADMT

Writing for Business
_______ Active Directory enables single sign-on capabilities for Microsoft apps, such as Office 365 and Dynamics CRM.
A. In addition,
B. In addition

June 18, 2018  6:02 PM

collaborative robot (cobot)

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A collaborative robot, also known as a cobot, is a robot that is capable of learning multiple tasks so it can assist human beings. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“When the conversation changes and people are told cobots are meant to be collaborative tools rather than replacement tools, people feel less threatened and companies get more productive workers.” – Kathleen Walch

Learning Center
Industries evaluate collaborative robot applications
Advanced robots don’t have to replace human workers. Collaborative robot applications can pair people and machines in ways that make both more effective.

Roboticists: Universal basic income demands attention
Universal basic income may be a mitigating tactic for employees when automation really kicks in.

Forrester: The CIO’s job in fostering human-machine collaboration
A new Forrester Research report says it’s time for enterprises to embrace AI in the workplace — not to replace employees, but to support them via human-machine collaboration.

Solving for human-robot communication deficits in autonomous driving
Human-robot communication dominated the opening panel discussion at the MIT Disruption Timeline Conference.

Quality, meaningful future work hinges on human-machine ‘complementarity’
What does future work look like in a world of AI and machine learning? MIT scholars say, with effort and purpose, it’s substantial, accessible and full of promise.

Trending Terms
machine-human collaboration
social robot
swarm robotics
smart robot
cloud robotics

Writing for Business
Because time is limited, please hold your questions ____ after the robot demonstration.
A. till
B. ’til

June 15, 2018  5:56 PM

API management platform

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An API management platform is a tool that acts as a proxy for customer requests to protect the back end of an online service from being brought down from too many queries. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“By integrating an API management platform into your API design and development process, you are able to add a host of valuable features with very little additional engineering overhead.” – Zachary Flower

Learning Center
How to adapt API management for serverless architecture
During a transition to serverless, it can be difficult to know which of your APIs will be affected and need to be converted. Learn how to sensibly adapt existing APIs and API management for a serverless architecture.

A roundup of the top API management tools available today
Choosing the right API management tools for your needs may seem like a daunting task. Use this product roundup to point you in the right direction.

API management platform trends to watch in 2018
In 2018, API management platform maturation and the convergence with iPaaS will help improve business integration and API lifecycle management.

Why use new lifecycle tools in API management platforms?
Having trouble with API quality assurance, versioning and retirement? Take a look at API management platforms that assist with lifecycle control.

What do API management platforms offer that piecemeal API tools can’t?
API management platforms help to centralize and organize the API development process by eliminating the need for multiple third-party tools and services.

Trending Terms
API management
back end
open API
API economy

Writing for Business
In a lifecycle-focused API management platform, specific types of software manage each stage of the _____ lifecycle.
B. API’s

June 14, 2018  5:59 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
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.

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.

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
vendor lock-in
data sovereignty
availability zones
hybrid cloud

Writing for Business
In a hybrid cloud, sensitive data and computing resources may be maintained in two _________ environments.
A. separate
B. seperate


June 13, 2018  5:53 PM

intent-based networking (IBN)

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Intent-based networking (IBN) is a policy-driven approach to network management that eliminates the need for network engineers to configure each switch or router manually. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Intent-based networking systems promise a new way to deliver network services. But the concept needs to be fine-tuned before it can usher in a new era of network automation.” – Chuck Moozakis

Learning Center
Cisco intent-based networking to beat out open OS, company claims
At the Cisco Live conference, CEO Chuck Robbins said despite opening its hardware to other network operating systems, a majority of customers prefer Cisco intent-based networking, relegating white box switching to niche status.

What is the relationship between intent-based networking and SDN?
What do SDN and intent-based networking have in common? You might have been wondering, so we went ahead and asked for you.

Intent-based networking and network automation: A primer
Network automation software efforts must overcome the hype of intent-based networking and deliver on promises. Learn more about the basics of intent-based networking and how to can redefine how enterprise networking apps and services are delivered.

Intent-based networking systems: More questions than answers
Intent-based networking systems build on the promise of AI and machine learning. But the methodology still needs to sort itself out.

Sorting the hype from the truth with intent-based networking systems
Recent announcements around intent-based networking systems have raised focus on the technology. But what does IBN need to be effective?

Trending Terms
machine learning
command line interface
network automation
network configuration management

Writing for Business
The system administrator’s question was “Will the cost savings of a multi-user environment make up for the difficulty of deploying ____
A. it?”
B. it”?

June 12, 2018  6:06 PM


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A microgrid is a small-scale power grid that can operate independently or collaboratively with other small power grids. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Most modern data centers draw on a local electrical grid for primary power and rely on diesel generators for backup power. A microgrid approach allows providers to take advantage of local, renewable and cheaper resources that afford the security of a more consistent, closer primary power source.” – Gina Narcisi

Learning Center
Energy-efficient data centers: Tap local, sustainable resources
A microgrid approach using local power and renewable sources can help providers build out more self-sustaining, energy-efficient data centers.

NSA issues highlight need for renewable data center power planning
At Niobrara, data center power planning came first, with a never-fail mix of natural gas and renewable energy power. Only a few companies could occupy the self-powered data center.

Why cities must get smart about IoT
Smart cities, says ClearBlade’s Aaron Allsbrook, can enable ecosystems, entice technology pioneers and provide gravitational pull for diverse arts and ethnic communities.

Greenwave Systems helps power island’s smart energy project
A smart energy project in Bornholm is helping the Danish island maximize green energy use and put it on track to meet its goal of becoming carbon free by 2024.

How machine learning improves energy consumption
Machine learning stands to have an incredibly powerful opportunity to transform the way we globally produce and consume energy.

Trending Terms
electric grid
renewable energy
smart grid
bulk power system
electrical power management system
green networking

Writing for Business
In a _______ circuit, external noise can be picked up from appliances in the vicinity, from electrical transformers, from the atmosphere and even from outer space.
A. hard wired
B. hard-wired

June 11, 2018  5:57 PM

Net Neutrality

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Net Neutrality is the principle that data packets on the internet should be moved impartially, without regard to content, destination or source. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The previous rules required internet service providers, or ISPs, to provide equal treatment for all traffic on their networks. Under the new rules, ISPs would no longer have these restrictions, as long as they provide notice of traffic-treatment policies to their customers.” – Irwin Lazar

Learning Center
Net neutrality repeal could limit telehealth providers
Net neutrality repeal’s implications on telehealth providers include potentially restricting the ability of small and rural hospitals and some doctors’ practices to send and receive medical images and use health IT.

Lifting Net neutrality rules can’t promise long-term carrier climate
Carriers will be allowed to charge customers for priority services if the FCC eliminates neutrality rules, but the carrier win could have its problems, because no one knows the ultimate outcome of the change.

Three-step network strategy sells big changes as more doable
To sell a revolutionary network strategy internally, break it down into three steps that emphasize a solid virtual device model and well-thought-out TCO and ROI.

Comparison of popular technical SD-WAN service models
Network pros may need help deciding which SD-WAN service model option best suits their organizations’ needs. While two options exist, more could be coming. Learn more in this comparison.

Why SDN and NFV thinkers should care about net neutrality
Now that a circuit court struck down net neutrality rules, will SDN and NFV be used as tools to create an anti-competitive Internet?

Trending Terms
common carrier
Telecommunications Act of 1996
edge provider
zero rating
two-tiered Internet

Writing for Business
The bandwidth demands of the average Internet user have increased dramatically since the _____.
A. 1990s
B. 1990’s

June 8, 2018  5:37 PM

network functions virtualization (NFV)

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Network functions virtualization (NFV) is an initiative to virtualize network services traditionally run on proprietary, dedicated hardware. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Implementation of open source for NFV applications will require service providers to adopt new ways of designing, deploying and supporting their network infrastructure.” – Lee Doyle

Learning Center
Software-based networks lay foundation of networking’s future
Software-based networks open up a range of evolutionary technologies that network engineers can apply to better support their organization’s business goals.

Where does NFV deployment stand today?
Networking expert Lee Doyle looks into the status of NFV deployment among service providers and what factors could drive — or impede — NFV growth in 2018.

Service providers use NFV open source to innovate the network
NFV open source deployments grow, as service providers implement it in new applications. But continued code contribution, governing and testing challenges remain.

NFV vs. VNF: What’s the difference?
NFV versus VNF: Is there a difference? The two networking approaches have related but distinct meanings, according to SDN engineer Darien Hirotsu.

5G architecture plus NFV, SDN offers performance gains
Using SDN and NFV with 5G architecture could create the most advanced network architecture to date, one expert said. But 5G doesn’t require those technologies.

Trending Terms
commodity hardware
virtual network functions
software defined networking

Writing for Business
The latest version of the server has a hypervisor _________ is embedded within the core system firmware.
A. which
B. that

June 7, 2018  5:35 PM

robotic personality

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Robotic personality is an advanced aspect of artificial intelligence (AI) in which smart machines display idiosyncratic human behavior. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“When service levels increase, so will customer expectations, along with greater reliance on AI for hyper-personalized customer service.” – Bridget Botelho

Learning Center
AI for customer service at the peril of personal relations
Companies are relying more on AI for customer service to deliver personalized customer experiences, while cutting personal interactions out of the equation.

Understanding artificial intelligence for retail customers
Channel partners are finding opportunities to provide artificial intelligence for retail customers.

Cognitive computing in healthcare mends doctor-patient gaps
In the era of medical specialization, cognitive computing in healthcare and big data aggregation can bridge the widening gap between doctors and patients.

Software robots transforming IT services industry
Software robots provide a dual opportunity for IT service providers that help clients use robotic process automation and also deploy it internally.

Alec Ross on how cognitive robots will change the world
Tech policy expert Alec Ross discusses how cognitive robots will impact the labor market and why the U.S. is positioned to capture tomorrow’s industries.

Trending Terms
Analytical Engine
machine learning
chaos theory
artificial personality

Writing for Business
Before I invest time and money in a certification for mechatronics, I want to seek ______ from someone at the Robotic Industries Association (RIA).
A. counsel
B. council

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