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  • A

    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.

  • B

    bare-metal cloud

    Bare-metal cloud is a public cloud service installed directly on hardware with no virtualized infrastructure.

  • bunch of redundant independent clouds (BRIC)

    A BRIC architecture stores fragments of data across multiple cloud providers to protect against cloud outages or data loss.

  • C

    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 drive storage

    Cloud drive storage is a term that refers to the ability to mount the storage capacity provided by a cloud storage service so that it appears to the server as a normal drive letter.

  • 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 file syncing

    Cloud file syncing is an application that updates files held in different locations through the cloud.

  • cloud insurance

    Cloud insurance is an approach to risk management in which a promise of financial compensation is made for specific potential failures on the part of a cloud computing service provider. 

  • 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 infrastructure

    Cloud storage infrastructure is the hardware and software framework that supports the computing requirements of a private or public cloud storage service.

  • 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.

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