Name Server (DNS)

A Name Server (also called a domain name server) is a server responsible for translating domain names to IP addresses.  DNS is an acronym for Domain Name Server, and is the system used to translate word-based addresses of systems (such as WWW.EXAMPLE.COM) to the numerical IP (Internet Protocol) address of the computer or system that should be located at that address. …Name Server (DNS)»»


NOC is an abbreviation for Network Operations Center, a hosting company’s “home base,” so to speak. The NOC is usually where most administration, technical support and physical server storage takes place. …NOC»»

On-demand Software

On demand software

On-demand Software are software applications provided through networks (such as the Internet) or as network-based services. On-demand software delivery, for local installation and use, is sometimes referred to as software on-demand. …On-demand Software»»

Packet Switching

Packet Switching is the method by which most data is exchanged throughout the Internet. Most data is broken down into smaller “packets” prior to transfer, and then reassembled at the destination. …Packet Switching»»

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

Platform as a Service is a SaaS variation, delivering integrated development environments as a turn key service. …Platform as a Service (PaaS)»»

Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)

RAID is an abbreviation for Redundant Array of Independent Disks, a method of data protection/backup. Data is stored over a number of servers so that information will still be accessible if a piece of hardware/software crashes. …Redundant Array of Independent Disks (RAID)»»


SAN stands for Storage Area Network, a network designed to attach computer storage devices such as disk array controllers and tape libraries to servers. In a storage network, a server issues a request for specific blocks, or data segments, from specific disk drives. …SAN»»


Scalability is the ability to adapt to rapid changes in demand, by dynamically adding or removing cloud resources based upon performance metrics and load thresholds. In more advanced environments, these resource allocations and de-allocations are fully automated and near instantaneous, allowing for smooth operation of services. …Scalability»»

Service Level Agreement (SLA)

Service Level Agreement (SLA) is a formal written agreement made between two parties: the service provider and the service recipient. The SLA itself defines the basis of understanding between the two parties for delivery of the service itself. …Service Level Agreement (SLA)»»

Service Commerce Platforms

Service Commerce Platforms are a hybrid of SaaS and managed service solutions, creating a cloud computing service offer as a full-service hub. These service platforms are typically embedded, or integrated, with other service offerings to provide a complete application. In some cases, service commerce platforms are fully self-contained, and targeted at vertical markets or trade groups as outsourced IT environments. …Service Commerce Platforms»»