We've compiled below some of the common terms that you might hear when shopping an IT project. Knowing the vocabulary can be an important factor in making the right decision.
The amount of Network and Internet speed and capacity you have in your facilities and subscribe to. It's only as fast as your slowest component.
Power device off and on, i.e.: "Bounce the server to reset it."
Computer storage and/or Programs stored online usually by a Third Party Provider
Co Location:a site that has another system or partition that is an up to date mirror of your main server or application
Turns source code into object code
Find logic errors in Source Code. The terms "bug" and "debugging" are popularly attributed to Admiral Grace Hopper in the 1940s. While she was working on a Mark II computer at Harvard University, her associates discovered a moth stuck in a relay and thereby impeding operation, whereupon she remarked that they were "debugging" the system.
A quick total program of specific fields for data validation.
Combination of Private and Public Cloud to enhance reliability.
What the programmer writes and the computer runs without a compiler.
Programming that has been replaced by newer code that implements the same functionality or better
What the computer runs. Sometimes known as "machine code".
“Off Premise” stored off site with a Third Party Provider
“On Premise” stored in a company’s building
something that is shared with knowledgeable others to be enhanced, supported and implemented, usually at a lower price than commercially available. i.e.: software, document, article, etc.
Enterprise owns, manages, and is responsible for all equipment, software, infrasturcture, support, vendors, and personnel that are required by the business.
Third Party Provider (TPP) owns, manages, and is responsible for all equipment, software, infrastructure, support, vendors, and personnel that are required by the business.
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What the programmer writes
Uninterruptible Power Supply: when there is a brownout or blackout, this switches to provide electricity. They are sized by the load and run time.
The ability for one server to function as many servers, as opposed to adding physical servers
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