Quiz: Top 20 data center terms

The last thing a data center manager wants to be is the guy who stares blankly when someone else asks, "What's a _____ ?" Take our quiz, and make sure you're up to date on the top 20 most popular data center terms.

The last thing a data center manager wants to be is the guy who stares blankly when someone else asks, "What's a _____ ?"

Take our quiz and make sure you're up to date on the top 20 most popular data center terms.

1. __________ __________ allow more processing power in less rack space, simplifying cabling and reducing power consumption.
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2. A _________ __________ is an integrated circuit (IC) to which two or more processors have been attached for enhanced performance, reduced power consumption, and more efficient simultaneous processing of multiple tasks.
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3. The intention of __________ __________ is to spare the user from having to understand and manage complicated details of server resources while increasing resource sharing and utilization and maintaining the capacity to expand later.
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4. In a computing context, _________ _________ is the air temperature of any environment where computers and related equipment are kept.
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5. ______ is a class of program that facilitates and manages transaction-oriented applications, typically for data entry and retrieval transactions in a number of industries, including banking, airlines, mailorder and supermarkets.
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6. Sometimes referred to as a virtualization manager, a ______________ is a program that allows multiple operating systems, which can include different operating systems or multiple instances of the same operating system, to share a single hardware processor.
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7. In building construction, a _________ (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 between the structural ceiling and a drop-down ceiling.
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8. The United Kingdom's Central Computer and Telecommunications Agency (CCTA) created the ______ in response to the growing dependence on information technology to meet business needs and goals.
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9. ________________ _______________ defines how two computing entities, such as programs, interact in such a way as to enable one entity to perform a unit of work on behalf of another entity.
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10. ___________ is a standard developed by the Telecommunications Industry Association to define guidelines for planning and building data centers, particularly with regard to cabling systems and network design. The standard deals with both copper and fiber optic media.
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11. A common use of ________ ____________ is to load balance traffic on high-traffic Web sites.
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12. A ________ ________ _______ _________ ______ is a device that monitors and maintains the temperature, air distribution and humidity in a network room or data center.
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13. ____ ___ defines the standards an auditor must employ in order to assess the contracted internal controls of a service organization.
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14. A _______ ____________ is a microprocessor with a word size of 64 bits, a requirement for memory and data intensive applications such as computer-aided design (CAD) applications, database management systems, technical and scientific applications, and high-performance servers.
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15. Typically, a _________ ___________ _______ involves an analysis of business processes and continuity needs; it may also include a significant focus on disaster prevention.
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16. ________ ___________ arises from multiple signals, and includes mixing products in which phantom signals at innumerable sum and difference frequencies blend with the originating signals.
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17. ________ __________ is a service provisioning model in which a service provider makes computing resources and infrastructure management available to the customer as needed, and charges them for specific usage rather than a flat rate.
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18. _______ is an organization devoted to the advancement of indoor-environment-control technology in the heating, ventilation, and air conditioning (HVAC) industry.
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19. In computing and especially in enterprise data centers, ______ systems control the ambient environment (temperature, humidity, air flow, and air filtering) and must be planned for and operated along with other data center components such as computing hardware, cabling, data storage, fire protection, physical security systems and power.
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20. A ____ is a device that allows your computer to keep running for at least a short time when the primary power source is lost. It also provides protection from power surges.
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This was first published in March 2006

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