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Storage Smarts Answer #22: Provisioning

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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.
a. wiring
b. provisioning
c. configuring
d. mapping
e. circling

Were you correct? This week's answer is:
b. provisioning

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Marc Farley's definition of provisioning:

"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."

WhatIs.com definitions of provisioning:

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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