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Evocative's Data Center Glossary

Expert Insights on Common Data Center Terminology and Concepts
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Click on each term below to learn more.
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Architecture

How servers, storage, networking, racks, and other resources in a data center are placed and connected.
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Bare Metal Server

A physical server that runs a single operating system and does not have any virtualization layer. 
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Cloud Connect

Method for a direct and secure connection to public cloud providers for fast communication.

Colocation

A type of shared data center where customers rent space for their servers and other hardware from a provider who supplies power, cooling, and connectivity.
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Data Center Management

The set of tasks and activities handled by an organization for the day-to-day requirements of operating

Digital Infrastructure

The foundation of digital operations, comprised of compute, storage, and networking.
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Edge Data Center

The foundation of digital operations, comprised of compute, storage, and networking.
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Hybrid Infrastructure

A combination of on-premises data centers, private clouds, and/or public clouds.
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IaaS

A cloud computing service model that allows businesses to lease IT infrastructure from a third-party provider.

IaaS vs. PaaS vs. SaaS

The difference between IaaS, PaaS, and SaaS, and how businesses can benefit from each model.

Interconnectivity

A physical or virtual link between two or more separate networks.
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Migration

The act of moving data and applications between data centers or clouds.
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N+1 Redundancy

Providing resiliency by adding one more component (e.g. for power or cooling) than is needed to run a
data center at full capacity.
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Sustainability

In a data center, this means using energy-efficient materials and technologies or renewable power sources
to decrease environmental impact.
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