Top 25 data storage terms

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Top 25 data storage terms

SearchStorage.com editors did some research and came up with a list of the top 25 data storage glossary terms most requested by our readers. Curious? Take our top 25 data storage terms quick quiz and find out what's first and foremost on the minds of your fellow storage professionals.

1. This is an IP-based storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities, developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force.
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2. This is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple hard discs. By placing data on multiple discs, I/O operations can overlap in a balanced way, improving performance.
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3. This is a high-speed special-purpose network (or subnetwork) that interconnects different kinds of data storage devices with associated data servers on behalf of a larger network of users.
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4. This is hard disc storage that is set up with its own network address rather than being attached to the department computer that is serving applications to a network's workstation users.
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5. This is a new standard for connecting hard drives into computer systems. It is based on serial signaling technology, unlike current IDE hard drives that use parallel signaling.
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6. This technology offers point-to-point, switched and loop interfaces. It is designed to interoperate with SCSI, IP and other protocols.
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7. This is a unique identifier used on a SCSI bus that enables it to differentiate between up to eight separate devices.
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8. This is a method used in accessing computer peripheral devices that employs a serial means of digital data transfer over thin cables.
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9. This is a method of reducing storage needs by eliminating redundant data.
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10. This is the pooling of physical storage from multiple network storage devices into what appears to be a single storage device that is managed from a central console.
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11. This is the assignment of different categories of data to different types of storage media in order to reduce total storage cost. Categories may be based on levels of protection needed, performance requirements, frequency of use and other considerations.
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12. This is a storage system in which all the data in an enterprise is backed up whenever any change is made.
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13. This is the activity of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe.
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14. This technology focuses on file-level activities rather than block-level activities.
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15. This technology provides the benefits of disc storage in a system that emulates a tape library to existing backup software.
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16. This is a single storage system that can support both file access and block access.
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17. This is a feature of storage security that is gaining favor among enterprises that use storage area networks (SANs).
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18. Without this practice, backing up data is virtually useless.
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19. This consists of the precautions taken so that the effects of a disaster will be minimized.
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20. There are endless rules and regulations in this area of storage technology.
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21. This is a repository for the storage, management, and disemination of data in which the mechanical, lighting, electrical and computer systems are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact.
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22. This is the process of assigning storage, usually in the form of server disc drive space, in order to optimize the performance of a storage area network.
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23. Simply stated, these are large boxes that hold lots of hard discs.
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24. This ensures proper adherence to government regulations regarding the integrity, accessibility and retention of important data.
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25. This is the practice of collecting computer files that have been packaged together for backup, to transport to some other location, for saving away from the computer so that more hard discs can be made available, or for some other purpose.
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This was first published in June 2007

 

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