Storage Technology Definitions

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    3.5" SSD (3.5 solid-state drive)

    A 3.5 solid-state drive (SSD) is a data storage device designed for the 3.5-inch hard disk drive (HDD) form factor. It fits into the drive slot as a same-sized HDD in a portable computer, enterprise server, or storage system.

  • 3D NAND flash

    3D NAND is a type of flash memory in which memory cells are stacked vertically in layers, in comparison to planar NAND, which uses a single layer of memory cells.

  • 3D XPoint

    3D XPoint is memory storage technology jointly developed by Intel and Micron Technology Inc.

  • 8-track tape

    An 8-track tape is a hard plastic cartridge about the size of an external modem that houses a continuous loop of non-digital (analog) audio data stored on magnetic tape.

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    access method

    In computing, an access method is a program or a hardware mechanism that moves data between the computer and an outlying device such as a hard disk (or other form of storage) or a display terminal.

  • access time

    Access time is the time from the start of one storage device access to the time when the next access can be started.

  • active archive

    An active archive is a collection of data that is too valuable for a company to discard, but only needs to be accessed occasionally.

  • address space

    Address space is the amount of memory allocated for all possible addresses for a computational entity, such as a device, a file, a server, or a networked computer.

  • ADSTAR Distributed Storage Management (ADSM)

    ADSTAR Distributed Storage Management (ADSM) is a collective term for IBM's family of high-end software that helps a customer manage the storage devices (such as mainframe storage, PC disk drives, and Zip drives) that are scattered around the company.

  • AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface)

    An AHCI (Advanced Host Controller Interface) is a hardware mechanism that allows software to communicate with Serial ATA (SATA) devices.

  • AIT (advanced intelligent tape)

    AIT (advanced intelligent tape) is a magnetic tape and drive system used for computer data storage and archiving.

  • all-flash array

    An all-flash array is a solid state storage disk system that contains multiple flash memory drives instead of spinning hard disk drives. A flash array can transfer data to and from solid state drives (SSDs) much faster than hard disk drives.

  • Andrew file system (AFS)

    An Andrew file system (AFS) is a location-independent file system that uses a local cache to reduce the workload and increase the performance of a distributed computing environment.

  • application-aware storage

    Application-aware storage is a storage system with built-in intelligence about relevant applications and their utilization patterns.

  • archival storage

    In computers, archival storage is storage for data that may not be actively needed but is kept for possible future use or for record-keeping purposes.

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