• LUN management

    LUN management is the process of assigning, provisioning and overseeing logical unit numbers (LUNs) across a storage environment.

  • spindle

    A spindle is a shaft that holds rotating hard disk drive (HDD) platters in place. The term is also often used to refer to a single HDD.

  • bit rot

    Bit rot is the slow deterioration in the performance and integrity of data stored on storage media. It is also known by the names bit decay, data rot, data decay and silent corruption.

  • Ethernet keeps nipping at its heels, but FC still leads

    Some have predicted the demise of Fibre Channel for years, but no networking tech has risen above it for mission-critical apps.

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  • disk striping

    In computers that use multiple hard disk systems, disk striping is the process of dividing a body of data into blocks and spreading the data blocks across several partitions on several hard disks. 

  • defragmenter

    A defragmenter is a software utility that rearranges the fragments or discontiguous parts of each file stored on a computer hard disk so that the small, empty storage spaces adjacent to fragments can be used, effectively creating new storage space an... 

  • diskette (floppy disk)

    A diskette is a random access, removable data storage medium that can be used with personal computers. 

  • IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics)

    IDE also stands for integrated development environment. 

  • SCSI (Small Computer System Interface)

    SCSI (pronounced SKUH-zee and sometimes colloquially known as "scuzzy"), the Small Computer System Interface, is a set of ANSIstandard electronic interfaces that allow personal computers to communicate with peripheral hardware such as disk drives, ta... 

  • BEDO DRAM (Burst Extended Data Output DRAM)

    BEDO DRAM (Burst Extended Data Output DRAM) is a type of dynamic random access memory (DRAM) that can send data back to the computer from one read operation at the same time it is reading in the address of the next data to be sent. 

  • magneto-optical drive (MO)

    The magneto-optical (MO) drive is a popular way to back up files on a personal computer. 

  • Serial ATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or SATA)

    Serial ATA (Serial Advanced Technology Attachment or SATA) is a new standard for connecting hard drives into computer systems. As its name implies, SATA is based on serial signaling technology, unlike current IDE (Integrated Drive Electronics) hard d... 

  • sector

    On a computer diskette or hard disk, a sector is one of the "pie slices" the diskette or disk is divided into. 

  • PLEDM (phase-state low electron drive memory)

    PLEDM (phase-state low electron drive memory) is a new memory microchip technology that offers vastly greater capacity than memory devices commonly used in the past.