Storage Technology Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing storage and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • C

    capacity optimization (CO)

    Capacity optimization (CO) is a technique for getting more data on a storage medium by analyzing the data for unique repetitive patterns that can be stored as and reassembled from shorter symbols.

  • Caringo Swarm

    Swarm is software designed to store unstructured data on an object storage platform. Unique indentifiers allow objects to be tracked using the search function.

  • 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)

  • CD burner (CD recorder)

    A CD burner is the informal name for a CD recorder, a device that can record data to a compact disc.

  • CD-Bridge Disc

    A CD-Bridge Disc (sometimes just called a bridge disc) is a compact disc (CD) format that includes extra information on a CD-ROM XA (extended architecture) track, so that the disc can be played on either a CD-i (interactive) player attached to a television, or a CD-ROM XA drive attached to a computer.

  • CD-i (Compact Disc - interactive)

    CD-i (Compact Disc - interactive) is the multimedia CD format specified in 1986 (in the Green Book).

  • CD-Magneto Optical (CD-MO)

    CD-Magneto Optical (CD-MO) is a compact disc format that uses magnetic fields for data storage.

  • CD-R (compact disc, recordable)

    CD-R (for compact disc, recordable) is a type of write once, read many (WORM) compact disc (CD) format that allows one-time recording on a disc.

  • CD-R shelf life

    CD-R shelf life refers to the length of time that a burned compact disc will remain viable once data has been burned onto it... (Continued)

  • CD-ROM XA (Compact Disc - read-only-memory, extended architecture)

    CD-ROM XA (Compact Disc - read-only-memory, extended architecture) is a modification of CD-ROM that defines two new types of sectors that enable it to read and display data, graphics, video, and audio at the same time.

  • CD-RW (compact disc, rewriteable)

    CD-RW (for compact disc, rewriteable) is a compact disc (CD) format that allows repeated recording on a disc.

  • 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.

  • charge-coupled device (CCD)

    A charge-coupled device (CCD) is a light-sensitive integrated circuit that stores and displays the data for an image in such a way that each pixel (picture element) in the image is converted into an electical charge the intensity of which is related to a color in the color spectrum.

  • CIFS (Common Internet File System)

    CIFS (Common Internet File System) is a protocol that gained popularity around the year 2000, as vendors worked to establish an Internet Protocol-based file-sharing protocol.

  • client solid state drive (SSD)

    Client solid state drive (SSD) is a marketing term used by original equipment manufacturers (OEMs) and value-added resellers (VARs) to differentiate between solid state drives built for consumers and solid state drives built for the enterprise.

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