Data center storage Definitions

  • B

    block storage

    Block storage is an approach to data storage in which each storage volume acts as an individual hard drive that is configured by the storage administrator. In the block storage model, data is saved to the storage media in fixed-sized chunks called blocks.

  • brontobyte

    A brontobyte is a measure of memory or data storage that is equal to 10 to the 27th power of bytes.

  • C

    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)

  • 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.

  • cold storage

    Cold storage is a computer system designed for retaining inactive data, such as information required for regulatory compliance, at low cost and high efficiency.

  • OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder)

    OpenStack Block Storage (Cinder) is open source software designed to create and manage a service that provides persistent data storage to cloud computing applications.

  • D

    data retention

    Data retention, also called records retention, is the continued storage of an organization's data for compliance or business reasons. 

  • Dell EqualLogic

    Dell EqualLogic storage-area network arrays provide varying capacities of hard disk drives and solid-state drives using iSCSI and SATA controllers.

  • E

    Express Bay

    Express Bay is an externally accessible storage slot that is designed to accept a high-performance PCI Express (PCIe) solid-state drive (SSD),

  • F

    Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA)

    The Fibre Channel Industry Association (FCIA) is an international organization whose goal is to help its members promote Fibre Channel (FC) technology.

  • file storage

    File storage stores data in a hierarchical structure, usually in a NAS system. The system storing data and the client retrieving data see files and folders in the same format.

  • FLAPE

    FLAPE (flash plus tape) is an approach to tiered storage that allows administrators to archive data as soon as it is written.

  • G

    green storage

    Green storage is the practice of using a variety of "clean energy" storage methods and products to cut down on a data center's carbon footprint, as well as cost.

  • H

    hot data

    Hot data is a reference to data that is accessed the most by an organization.

  • I

    IBM General Parallel File System (IBM GPFS)

    The IBM General Parallel File System is one of the top file systems used in high-performance computing and the basis for many storage products used in supercomputing.

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