QUESTION OF THE WEEK:
This term is defined by storage networking expert Marc Farley as the process of securing end-to-end connections for a network. In telecommunications terminology, it means providing telecommunications service to a user, including everything necessary to set up the service, such as equipment, wiring and transmission.
Were you correct? This week's answer is:
"Provisioning is the process of securing end-to-end connections for a network. In telecomm, it means finding network links from whatever assortment of service providers there are to build the necessary point-to-point connections."
In general, provisioning means "providing". In telecommunications terminology, provisioning means providing a product or service, such as wiring or bandwidth. The term has a number of varied meanings when used in telecommunications:
1) Providing telecommunications service to a user, including everything necessary to set up the service, such as equipment, wiring, and transmission.
2) Used as a synonym for configuring, as in "Telecommunications lines must be correctly provisioned to work with the customer's equipment and enabled for various options the customer has chosen."
3) In a traditional telecommunications environment, there are three separate types of provisioning: circuit provisioning, service provisioning, and switch provisioning.
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