Data center storage Definitions

  • B

    block storage

    Block storage is a type of data storage typically used in storage-area network (SAN) environments where data is stored in volumes, also referred to as blocks.

  • brontobyte

    A brontobyte is a measure of memory or data storage that is equal to 10 to the 27th power of bytes.

  • C

    carrier hotel (colocation center)

    A carrier hotel, also called a colocation center, is a secure physical site or building where data communications media converge and are interconnected... (Continued)

  • Ceph

    Ceph is open source software providing scalable object-, block- and file-based storage under a unified system. Red Hat and SUSE sell commercially supported versions of Ceph.

  • Cinder (OpenStack Block Storage)

    Cinder is the code name for the open source project to develop OpenStack Block Storage, the block-based storage component of the OpenStack cloud computing platform.

  • cold storage

    Cold storage is a computer system designed for retaining inactive data, such as information required for regulatory compliance, at low cost and high efficiency.

  • D

    data retention

    Data retention, also called records retention, is the continued storage of an organization's data for compliance or business reasons. 

  • Dell EqualLogic

    Dell EqualLogic storage-area network arrays provide varying capacities of hard disk drives and solid-state drives using iSCSI and SATA controllers.

  • E

    Express Bay

    Express Bay is an externally accessible storage slot that is designed to accept a high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) solid-state drive (SSD),

  • F

    Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)

    The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is an international organization whose goal is to help its members promote Fibre Channel (FC) technology.

  • file storage

    File storage stores data in a hierarchical structure, usually in a NAS system. The system storing data and the client retrieving data see files and folders in the same format.

  • FLAPE

    FLAPE (flash plus tape) is an approach to tiered storage that allows administrators to archive data as soon as it is written.

  • G

    green storage

    Green storage is the practice of using a variety of "clean energy" storage methods and products to cut down on a data center's carbon footprint, as well as cost.

  • H

    hot data

    Hot data is a reference to data that is accessed the most by an organization.

  • I

    IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS)

    The IBM General Parallel File System is one of the top file systems used in high-performance computing and the basis for many storage products used in supercomputing.

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