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    M.2 SSD

    An M.2 SSD is a solid-state drive (SSD) that conforms to a computer industry specification and is used in internally mounted storage expansion cards of a small form factor.

  • magneto-optical drive (MO)

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

  • magnetoresistive head technology

    Magnetoresistive (MR) head technology is used in disk drives to allow higher storage densities than the older inductive-head technology.

  • MAID (massive array of idle disks)

    MAID (massive array of idle disks) is a storage technology in which only those disk drives in active use are spinning at any given time...

  • Mammoth

    Mammoth is a magnetic tape and drive system used for computer data storage and archiving.

  • managed storage

    Managed storage is the process of offloading an organization’s data storage requirements to an outside managed service provider.

  • mebibyte (MiB)

    A mebibyte (MiB) is a unit of measurement used in computer data storage.

  • megabyte (MB)

    As a measure of computer processor storage and real and virtual memory, a megabyte (abbreviated MB) is 2 to the 20th power bytes, or 1,048,576 bytes in decimal notation.

  • megabytes per second (MBps)

    Megabytes per second (MBps) is a unit of measurement for data transfer speed to and from a computer storage device.

  • memory

    Memory is the electronic holding place for instructions and data that your computer's microprocessor can reach quickly.

  • Memory Stick

    Developed by Sony, the Memory Stick is a digital data storage technology with up to 10 times the storage capacity of a 3.5 diskette.

  • Microsoft Volume Shadow Copy Service (Microsoft VSS)

    Microsoft VSS is a Windows Server feature used for backing up and restoring LUNs and individual files.

  • Millipede

    Millipede is a nano-storage prototype developed by IBM that can store data at a density of a trillion bits per square inch: 20 times more than any currently available magnetic storage medium.

  • mirror site

    A mirrored site is a website or set of files on a server that has been copied to another server so that the site or files are available from more than one place.

  • MO-297

    MO-297 is a JEDEC standard that defines the layout, connector positions and physical dimensions for a 54mm x 39mm solid state drive (SSD) with a Serial Advanced Technology Attachment (SATA) connector. 

  • MRAM (magnetoresistive random access memory)

    MRAM (magnetoresistive random access memory) is a way to store data bits using magnetic states instead of the electrical charges used by dynamic random access memory (DRAM).

  • MrSID (Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database)

    MrSID (Multi-resolution Seamless Image Database) is an image compressor, viewer, and file format for extremely large raster graphics images.

  • mSATA SSD (mSATA solid-state drive)

    An mSATA SSD is a small-form-factor solid-state drive designed for portable devices such as laptops and tablets. Advantages include low power and vibration resistance.

  • MTTR (mean time to repair)

    MTTR (mean time to repair) is the average time required to fix a failed component or device and return it to production status.

  • multi-level cell (MLC)

    Multi-level cell flash is a type of NAND flash memory that can store more than 1 bit per cell.

  • multipathing (SAN multipathing)

    Multipathing, also called SAN multipathing or I/O multipathing, is the establishment of multiple physical routes between a server and the storage device that supports it. 

  • multiprotocol storage

    Multiprotocol storage, also known as unified or federated storage, supports protocols traditionally associated with SAN block-based and NAS file-based storage in a single device.

  • multisession CD

    A multisession CD is a recordable CD format (like a CD-R) that allows the recording of a compact disk to be conducted in more than one recording session.

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