Word of the Day: Tech Definitions from WhatIs.com

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

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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

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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

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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

June 6, 2018  5:32 PM


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GitHub is a web-based version-control and collaboration platform for software developers. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“GitHub provides an improved developer experience on its website, enabling teams to quickly see changes from a specific commit without having to download it.” – Chris Moyer

Learning Center
Microsoft GitHub acquisition shakes up DevOps market
The Microsoft-GitHub acquisition brings a popular open source code repository into the fold of a vendor still best known for its proprietary history, even as Microsoft has turned over a new leaf with open source software the last few years.

Three cloud code repository options for AWS dev teams
GitHub, Bitbucket, as well as AWS CodeCommit and CodeStar, are a few cloud code repository options to store app code and synchronize changes.

5 reasons the Microsoft, GitHub acquisition makes sense
Microsoft has acquired GitHub for $7.5 billion, but some devs see risk in the Microsoft/GitHub deal. This post looks at why the deal makes sense.

Uber breach: How did a private GitHub repository fail Uber?
Expert Matt Pascucci explores and questions the use of third-party services, such as GitHub, for private repositories in light of the recent Uber breach.

Build a DevOps version control process for IT infrastructure
The DevOps version control process isn’t just for apps. Walk through an example of how code repositories such as Git control IT infrastructure changes.

Trending Terms
Software as a Service
Linus Torvalds
social coding
integrated development environment
open source

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It’s typically difficult to _______ programmers to document their code, even though it makes it easier to work with in the future.
A. convince
B. persuade

June 5, 2018  6:36 PM

VMware NSX

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VMware NSX is a virtual networking and security software product line created from VMware’s vCloud Networking and Security (vCNS) and Nicira’s Network Virtualization Platform (NVP) intellectual property. Continued….

Quote of the Day

“Software-defined networking solves some problems posed by traditional data center design, and improvements to VMware microsegmentation in NSX make it a viable option for organizations considering SDN.” – Trevor Pott

Learning Center
VMware is redesigning NSX networking for the cloud
VMware is preparing a new version of NSX networking for public clouds. A company researcher said the new technology will be ready in about a year.

VMware NSX portfolio aims to unify local and cloud workloads
VMware COO for products and services Rajiv Ramaswami announced the company will will expand the VMware NSX portfolio to deliver microsegmentation technology to link and lock down local cloud infrastructures and apps.

VMware NSX integration push ramps up to reinforce IT ties
VMware’s NSX integration push accelerates as the company binds the product to its virtualization portfolio to deepen its enterprise IT footprint.

Top VMware NSX use cases go beyond microsegmentation
Microsegmentation is still the most popular of the VMware NSX use cases, but the company is exploring new avenues for its network virtualization platform.

VMware microsegmentation in NSX trumps going sans SDN
VMware microsegmentation in the company’s software-defined networking product, NSX, can be a game-changer for IT administrators and departments struggling with a mountain of network management tasks.

Trending Terms
software-defined networking
software-defined data center
load balancing
east-west traffic

Writing for Business
The survey results taught us that one in three network administrators ____ interested in learning more about software-defined networking.
A. was
B. were

June 4, 2018  6:34 PM

rapid mobile app development (RMAD)

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Rapid mobile app development (RMAD) is the use of low-code or no-code programming tools to quickly create and deploy mobile apps. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“A key facet of RMAD is that it supports individuals without development expertise — also known as citizen developers — by relying on low-code or no-code development techniques.” – Erica Mixon

Learning Center
Five rapid application development tools to consider for mobile
Learn about different vendors’ low- and no-code platforms, micro apps, and more in this rundown of rapid application development tools.

Developers at the mobile edge
We look at the challenges and opportunities to be found in creating mobile apps for an expanding array of devices.

How RMAD tools affect IT and mobile developer jobs
Experienced app developers looking for work in mobile don’t need to sweat RMAD tools taking their jobs, because it almost never happens.

How IT and end users can build mobile apps with RMAD tools
RMAD tools make it easier for IT or end users to build mobile apps themselves. But with so many vendors to choose from, finding the right one can take time.

Simplify mobile app development for the enterprise
Mobile app development for the enterprise can get costly if you let it. But there are a plethora of options to make your app dev journey a pleasant one.

Trending Terms
progressive web app
citizen development
mobile application development platform
LCNC platform
rapid application development
app monetization
Microsoft PowerApps

Writing for Business
Deployment of GPS-enabled mobile apps _______ dramatically increased during the last two years.
A. has
B. have

May 31, 2018  6:26 PM

active defense

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An active defense is the use of offensive actions to outmaneuver an adversary and make an attack more difficult to carry out. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“The concept of active defense is based on increasing the probability of an attacker making a mistake and revealing their presence within the network.” – Carolyn Crandall

Learning Center
Georgia governor vetoes controversial cybersecurity bill
A cybersecurity bill that would have criminalized unauthorized access to computer systems was vetoed in Georgia this week after strong opposition from Google, Microsoft and other leaders in the tech community.

How does an active defense system benefit enterprise security?
How do active defense systems on private networks work? Here’s a closer look at enterprise options for these deception techniques.

Defense-in-depth strategy: Growing cyberthreat intelligence
Active defense-in-depth strategy is needed in cybersecurity. Find out what needs to be changed to improve cyberthreat intelligence and network security.

Active defense: The perils of cybervigilantism
Active defense strategies can be risky — and costly — for businesses, but do the benefits outweigh the downsides? Our #CIOChat participants highlight the hazards of hacking back.

David Neuman: The CISO position and keeping the cloud safe
Before taking a CISO position in the private sector, David Neuman rose up through the enlisted ranks, becoming an officer with global responsibilities.

Trending Terms
critical infrastructure and key resources
deception technology
incident response

Writing for Business
A botnet is a group of computers organized to distribute spam or malware — _________ the owners are typically unaware of the fact.
A. though
B. although
C. even though

May 30, 2018  6:16 PM

cross-platform mobile development

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Cross-platform mobile development is the creation of software applications that are compatible with multiple mobile operating systems. Continued…

Quote of the Day

“Endpoint diversity and the differences in developer skill sets have made it critical that today’s mobile apps have strong performance across multiple platforms.” – Eric Klein

Learning Center
Cross-platform mobile app development is more viable than ever
Cross-platform mobile app development is now made simpler with a variety of tools and approaches. Organizations should take into account their existing developers’ experience.

DevOps, cross-platform, test are top mobile developer skills
Learn why mobile developer skills enterprises value — such as DevOps, cross-platform and test-driven development — differ from top skills on the consumer side.

Mobile application development trends away from native
Mobile application development trends reflect business users’ demands. Now, those demands include simplicity and unification, according to Sapho’s CTO.

Four tips for reducing mobile app development costs
A high mobile app development cost can be a death sentence for an organization’s mobility efforts. Keep prices low by using sketches and existing technologies.

Five rapid application development tools to consider for mobile
earn about different vendors’ low- and no-code platforms, micro apps, and more in this rundown of rapid application development tools.

Trending Terms
native app
hybrid mobile app
mobile application development platform
progressive web app
HTML5 mobile app
mobile operating system

Writing for Business
I prefer native apps ___ Web apps because they’re customized for my smartphone.
A. than
B. to

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