A to Z

We understand that the vast array of technology on offer these days can be intimidating and the tendency of IT experts to use acronyms and jargon really doesn’t help. Your IT infrastructure can help your business to run in a secure, agile environment and getting to grips with what you need can be as easy as A-B-C.

A

Aisles (hot aisles and cold aisles)

This refers to a system of keeping the servers cool and operational, using a layout which maximises air flow and minimises energy costs by facing the colder front of the server racks to the air conditioning output ducts, and the hotter side to the intake ducts. It’s not essential to understand how your data centre arranges their aisles, but it’s worth checking that your provider is power-efficient, sustainable, and reliable.

B

Bandwidth

This one we’re all more familiar with, but when you’re asking about bandwidth and capacity, it’s worth asking your provider what their statistics mean in real terms for network traffic, download and upload speeds.

C

Colocation, or Colo

A colocation facility allows a business to rent space for servers and other computing hardware. What this means is that you provide the servers and storage, and a colocation provider provides a purpose-built facility with all the cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security needed for smooth IT operations.

D

Data Centre

Of course you know what a data centre does, but it’s worth remembering that they often house your network’s critical systems and are therefore critical to your daily operations. It’s worth getting to know every detail of your data centre because you never know when you might need to know it better.

E

Exchange (Internet Exchange, IX, IXP)

This is the physical infrastructure, or pipe, though which connectivity is delivered. As with details of bandwidth, it’s worth looking beyond the headline numbers to find out more about what the location and performance of the exchange will mean for your business.

F

Fareham, Hampshire

The location of our state of the art data centre, with excellent transport links to London and along the South Coast.

G

Green Co

That’s us! We’re a data centre with high-efficiency systems which combine with low power consumption and renewable energy. That means we can help you reduce your carbon footprint and our suite of integrated services and solutions means you can tailor your technology to support your business.

H

HVAC

This refers to the Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning within a data centre. It’s worth looking into the reliability of the provision, and also into how power-hungry that solution may be when you’re assessing a provider.

I

Internet Connectivity

Internet connectivity is a vital utility for all businesses, most people aren’t aware that they don’t have to let a slow internet connection slow their growth and that there are options to suit a range of demanding requirements and for all budgets.

J

Jumper

This is a term relating to one or more small metal connectors which act as an on/off switch. The settings of jumpers can be configured at a hardware level, to enable and disable different features as required.

K

Kbps

This stands for Kilobits per second and refers to data transfer rates. As technology and connectivity have improved, this has generally been replaced with the larger-scale measurement of Mbps (Megabits per second). We can help you calculate your expected workloads and estimate the speed required for smooth IT operations.

L

Load Balancing

This is a method of distributing traffic to increase the capacity and reliability of your IT provision. A specialist data centre should be able to help you with both network and traffic distribution for optimum load balancing.

M

Mains Power

This is a vital utility in a data centre; specialist centres such as the Green Co facility should have mechanisms that automatically move data to battery backup or generator to prevent data loss and service interruption. It’s worth knowing the details of how the power is supplied for your disaster recovery and business continuity plans.

N

Network

Connecting two or more computers together creates a network. This allows you to share files and information between systems. We are experts in implementing networks for clients, from connections created through ethernet cables and phonelines to fast, secure wireless connections.

O

Offline

We work hard to make sure none of our customers need this word in their vocabulary! Our superfast, reliable connectivity options ensure that our clients are always connected.

P

Platform as a Service (PaaS)

This is a type of cloud computing service which allows you to develop, run and manage applications without needing to invest in additional hardware. Colocation and connectivity services can help companies realise the cost savings that PaaS can deliver.

Q

Queue

Of course, you know what a queue is. In this context, the queue relates to data waiting to be processed. If you frequently have data packets queueing as part of day-to-day operations, it may be that your network is too slow and you need to look into options to accelerate the process.

R

Redundancy

This refers to hardware not used in day to day operations that is installed to ensure continuous operation if there are any system failures. It’s worth asking not only about the redundancy provision at your data centre, but how frequently this is maintained and tested.

S

Software as a Service (SaaS)

This allows companies to access software via the cloud on a subscription basis, saving costs and ensuring access to the latest technology. SaaS requires good connectivity to ensure that this solution can be accessed and doesn’t throttle the network at busy times with multiple users.

T

Telecommunications

Modern businesses need to be connected. We offer a suite of tools to ensure that our clients can employ the latest technologies, from superfast broadband to VOIP calls and out expert team can provide support and advice on all your telecommunications requirements.

U

Uninterruptible Power Supply (UPS)

This provides emergency power when the primary power source or main electricity grid fails. A data centre needs a UPS, sometimes called a battery or flywheel backup to ensure that there is no drop in service or loss of storage in the event of a power failure.

V

Virtualisation

This is a virtual version of a server, storage device, network or operating system and is a means of managing IT resources efficiently. If you’re considering virtualisation, check your colocation provision and connectivity to make sure you’ve got the hardware and bandwidth to make it work for you.

W

Wi-Fi

Did you know, the term wi-fi isn’t short for anything? It’s the official name for the wireless networking technology that can connect computers and other devices. Most computers today are wi-fi enabled, but it’s the speed of your broadband provision that will really impact performance.

X

XHTML

This web language, sometimes referred to as HTML 5.0 is the latest web language and allows for sophisticated website development and tailored interfaces which can help you reach your customers online.

Y

Yottabyte (YB)

A yottabyte is 1024 bytes and is equal to 1,000 zettabytes. It is the largest SI unit of measurement for measuring data but don’t worry, however much you store and process it’s not something you need to worry about; currently all the data in the world is only a few zettabytes.

Z

Zzzzz

We could have chosen zettabytes here, but instead, this is the sound of the bees buzzing in the Green Co meadow! We care about the environment and that’s why, as well as providing low carbon solutions for our customers, we’ve also set up a meadow and some dedicated Green Co hives as a much needed safe home for the bees.