• September 22, 2005 22 Sep'05

    Yankee Group: SOA everywhere by 2006

    A new survey by the Yankee Group reports that service-oriented architecture (SOA) will be everywhere by 2006. The firm promises SOA will simplify IT processes, but trying to define SOA doesn't seem to simplify anything.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    indemnification

    In service level agreements (SLAs) and other legal contracts such as end-user license agreements (EULAs), indemnification is the part of an agreement that provides for one party to bear the monetary costs, either directly or by reimbursement, for ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers)

    ASHRAE (American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers) is an organization devoted to the advancement of indoor-environment-control technology in the HVAC industry.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    ambient temperature

    In a computing context, ambient temperature is the air temperature of any environment where computers and related equipment are kept.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    mainframe (big iron)

    A mainframe (also known as 'big iron') is a high-performance computer used for large-scale computing purposes that require greater availability and security than a smaller-scale machine can offer... (Continued)  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    high availability (HA)

    In information technology, high availability refers to a system or component that is continuously operational for a desirably long length of time.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    integrity

    Integrity, in terms of data and network security, is the assurance that information can only be accessed or modified by those authorized to do so.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    ISO 9000

    (For the business server line from Hewlett-Packard, see HP 9000.) ISO 9000 is a series of standards, developed and published by the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), that define, establish, and maintain an effective quality ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    twisted pair

    Twisted pair is the ordinary copper wire that connects home and many business computers to the telephone company. (Continued...)  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    ISO

    ISO, founded in 1947, is a worldwide federation of national standards bodies from some 100 countries, with one standards body representing each member country.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    multiprocessing

    Multiprocessing is the coordinated processing of programs by more than one computer processor.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    DB2

    DB2 is a family of relational database management system (RDBMS) products from IBM that serve a number of different operating system platforms.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    back-end

    Front-end and back-end are terms used to characterize program interfaces and services relative to the initial user of these interfaces and services.  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    plenum

    In building construction, a plenum (pronounced PLEH-nuhm, from Latin meaning full) is a separate space provided for air circulation for heating, ventilation, and air-conditioning (sometimes referred to as HVAC) and typically provided in the space ...  Continue Reading

  • September 21, 2005 21 Sep'05

    Should you have a dedicated storage team?

    Members of dedicated storage teams need to have as much political savvy as they do IT know-how.  Continue Reading

  • September 20, 2005 20 Sep'05

    Sun looking to light Sparc with UltraSparc IV+ chip

    Hoping to keep up with IBM and HP in the Unix server space, Sun unveiled the UltraSparc IV+ chip, which it said boasts twice the performance over the previous generation -- for the same price.  Continue Reading

  • September 20, 2005 20 Sep'05

    Lessons from Katrina: Part 5, Making redundancy redundant

    In the last of our five-part series on rebuilding your data center after a disaster, Carrie Higbie has tips on how to make your redundant site redundant—including checklists for hardware, software, circuits, cabling infrastructure and data.  Continue Reading

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