Cloud storage management and standards Definitions

  • C

    cloud encryption (cloud storage encryption)

    Cloud encryption is a service offered by cloud storage providers whereby data, or text, is transformed using encryption algorithms and is then placed on a storage cloud.

  • cloud file syncing

    Cloud file syncing is an application that updates files held in different locations through the cloud.

  • cloud storage API

    A cloud storage API is an application program interface that connects a locally-based application to a cloud-based storage system, so that a user can send data to it and access and work with data stored in it. To the application, the cloud storage system is just another target device, like tape or disk-based storage.

  • cloud storage SLA

    A cloud storage SLA is a service-level agreement between a cloud storage service provider and a customer that specifies details of the service, usually in quantifiable terms.

  • OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder)

    OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) is open source software designed to create and manage a service that provides persistent data storage to cloud computing applications.

  • G

    green cloud

    Green cloud is a label that describes the potential environmental benefits that information technology services delivered over the Internet can offer society. 

  • H

    HIPAA-compliant cloud storage

    HIPAA-compliant cloud storage implements the guidelines of the U.S. Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act (HIPAA).

  • M

    managed storage

    Managed storage is the process of offloading an organization’s data storage requirements to an outside managed service provider.

  • O

    ODCA (Open Data Center Alliance)

    The Open Data Center Alliance (ODCA) is an independent information technology (IT) consortium whose goal is to develop a unified vision of cloud requirements.

  • open source cloud storage

    Open source cloud storage is a cloud storage architecture that uses freely available source code to build and manage a private cloud storage platform.

  • P

    pay-as-you-go cloud computing (PAYG cloud computing)

    The pay-as-you-go cloud computing (PAYG cloud computing) method charges users only for the services they use, eliminating wasted resources.

  • pay-as-you-grow pricing

    Vendors that offer a pay-as-you-grow storage allow customers with growing environments to acquire capacity after an array has been installed through the purchase of licenses.

  • R

    Rackspace Cloud

    Cloud provider Rackspace offers several different cloud storage services including Cloud Files, Cloud Block Storage and Cloud Backup.

  • RADOS Block Device (RBD)

    A RADOS Block Device (RBD) is software that facilitates the storage of block-based data in the open source Ceph distributed storage system.

  • T

    Tahoe-LAFS (Tahoe Least-Authority File System)

    Tahoe-LAFS (Tahoe Least-Authority File System) is a distributed storage system that offers provider-independent security for local or cloud storage.

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