Hybrid Cloud Definitions

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    automated data tiering

    Automated data tiering is a type of software program that moves data files, volumes or blocks between tiered storage according to company-defined policy.

  • C

    cloud archive

    Cloud archiving is a storage procurement model in which data that is no longer accessed on a regular basis is managed and backed up remotely by a cloud storage service provider.

  • cloud controller

    A cloud controller is a device that moves data between on-premises storage and the cloud.

  • Cloud Data Management Interface

    Cloud Data Management Interface (CDMI) is a Storage Networking Industry Association (SNIA) industry standard that defines the interface that applications will use to create, retrieve, update and delete data elements from the cloud.

  • cloud encryption (cloud storage encryption)

    Cloud encryption is a service offered by cloud storage providers whereby data, or text, is transformed using encryption algorithms and is then placed on a storage cloud.

  • cloud file sharing

    Cloud file sharing is a method of allowing multiple users to access data within a public cloud, private cloud or hybrid cloud.

  • cloud NAS (cloud network attached storage)

    Cloud NAS (network attached storage) is remote storage that is accessed over the Internet as if it was local.

  • cloud outage

    A cloud outage is a period of time during which cloud services are unavailable.  

  • cloud spanning

    Cloud spanning is a cloud delivery model in which an application requiring a large pool of computing resources is deployed over multiple cloud environments (private cloud, public cloud and/or hybrid cloud).

  • cloud storage appliance

    A cloud storage appliance is a stand-alone computing device or virtual machine (VM) image used to move data from a local site to a remote cloud storage service provider. 

  • cloud storage provider

    Cloud storage providers are third-party companies that offer organizations and end users the ability to save data to an off-site storage system.

  • cloud storage service

    A cloud storage service is a business that maintains and manages its customers’ data and makes that data accessible over a network, usually the Internet. Most services are based on a utility storage model.

  • cloud uptime

    Cloud uptime is the amount of time that cloud systems and cloud services hosted by a cloud provider are up and accessible by end users.

  • cloud washing

    Cloud washing is the purposeful and sometimes deceptive attempt by a vendor to rebrand an old service by associating the word "cloud" with it.  

  • cloud-integrated storage (CIS)

    Cloud-integrated storage (CIS) is a term that refers to a conventional storage-area network (SAN), network-attached storage (NAS) or unified storage system that tiers and/or caches data to cloud-based storage and treats the cloud storage as if it were part of the primary storage system.

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