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Storage IQ: Key technologies for 2006

We keep a close eye on what technologies our readers are most interested in. Here are the year's 25 most commonly searched terms. Do you know them all?


1. This is a way of storing the same data in different places on multiple disks.
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2. This technology is a high-speed special-purpose network that interconnects different kinds of data storage devices with associated data servers on behalf of a larger network of users.
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3. This is a unique identifier used on a SCSI bus that enables it to differentiate between up to eight separate devices.
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4. This is a new standard to connecting hard drives into computer systems.
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5. This circuit board and/or integrated circuit adapter provides input/output (I/O) processing and physical connectivity between a server and a storage device.
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6. This is a plug-and-play portable storage device that uses flash memory and is lightweight enough to attach to a key chain.
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7. This Internet Protocol (IP)-based storage networking standard for linking data storage facilities was developed by the Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF).
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8. This is a storage system in which all the data in an enterprise is backed up whenever any change is made.
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9. This technology transmits data between computer devices at data rates of up to 4 Gbps (and 10 Gbps in the near future).
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10. This is the assignment of different categories of data to different types of storage media in order to reduce total storage cost.
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11. Sometimes referred to as a business process contingency plan, this describes how an organization is to deal with potential disasters.
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12. This is a method used in accessing computer peripheral devices that employs a serial (one bit at a time) means of digital data transfer over thin cables.
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13. This is an archival storage technology that makes it possible to save data as if it were being stored on tape.
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14. This is a comprehensive approach to managing the flow of an information system's data and associated metadata from creation and initial storage to the time when it becomes obsolete and is deleted.
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15. This is the activity of copying files or databases so that they will be preserved in case of equipment failure or other catastrophe.
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16. This technology is a method of providing fast access to fixed content (data that is not expected to be updated) by assigning it a permanent place on a disk.
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17. This is the process of making a replica or copy of something.
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18. This is the creation of a virtual (rather than actual) version of something, such as an operating system, a server, a storage device or network resources.
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19. This is a method of offsite data storage in which files, folders, or the entire contents of a hard drive are regularly backed up on a remote server or computer with a network connection.
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20. This is an approach to computer storage backup and archiving in which data is initially copied to backup storage on a disk storage system and then periodically copied again to a tape storage system (or possible to an optical storage system).
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21. This hard disk storage is set up with its own network address rather than being attached to the department computer that is serving applications to a network's workstation users.
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22. This is a measure of computer storage capacity and is 2 to the 40th power or approximately a thousand billion bytes.
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23. This storage technology makes it possible to access a remote data center as though it were local.
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24. This is a categorization of data for its most effective and efficient use.
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25. This is a form of magnetic tape and drive system used for computer data storage and archiving.
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How did you score?
20-25 correct: You're at the top of your game
15-20 correct: You're almost there
10-15 correct: Your storage skills need more work
5-10 correct: You've got some storage tech troubles
0-5 correct: Just a storage beginner

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This was first published in December 2006

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