Glossary F-I

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Flash Storage - Flash storage is any data repository or storage system that uses flash memory. Flash memory is omnipresent in small computing devices and becoming more common for larger applications. Flash is packaged in a variety of formats for different storage purposes.


Floor Mounted Device/Asset (FMD/FMA) - A floor mounted device is the term that is used to describe anything that is bolted or placed on to the floor of a data centre. For example, an FMD can be a cabinet with rack-u storage, an air conditioning unit or a fire suppression cylinder.


Follow the Sun Data Centre - A follow the sun data centre is one that moves workloads to different geographic locations to more efficiently balance resources and demand. Follow the sun computing can be achieved to some extent by using DNS-based load balancing or any cast between data centres, and local load balancing within the data centre.


Forklift Upgrade - A forklift upgrade is the complete refurbishment of an IT infrastructure. The upgrade usually involves taking out and replacing outdated technologies. A forklift upgrade can be disruptive and expensive so sometimes can be perceived as a negative in comparison to projects that involve small incremental improvements.


Free Cooling- Free Cooling is an approach to lowering air temperatures in a data centre by using natural cool air or water instead of mechanical refrigeration.


Ghost Imaging - Ghost imaging is the copying of the contents of a computer’s hard disk into a single compressed file so that the contents of the hard disk including configuration information can be copied to the hard disk of other computers.


Green Computing - Also called green technology, Green Computing is the environmentally responsible use of computers and related resources. Practices include the implementation of energy-efficient central processing units, servers and peripherals as well as reduced resource consumption and proper disposal of electronic waste.


Green Data Centre - A green data centre is a repository for the storage and management of data in which all elements of the data centre are designed for maximum energy efficiency and minimum environmental impact. Construction and operation of a green data centres require advanced technologies and strategies.


Hot Spot/Cold Spot - A hot spot/cold spot is an undesirable local temperature variation which often occurs when data centre equipment is improperly cooled. These can result is equipment damage.


Heating, Ventilation and Air Conditioning (HVAC) - In computing and especially in enterprise data centres, HVAC systems control the ambient environment (temperature, humidity, air flow, and air filtering). They must be planned for and operated along with other data centre components.


Hybrid Cloud Hosting - Hybrid cloud hosting is a model that allows organisations to provision


Incident Management (IcM) - IcM is an area of IT service management that involves returning service to normal as quickly as possible after an incident has occurred, and making sure that this has little or no negative impact on the business. Temporary workarounds are relied upon to ensure services are up and running while the incident is investigated, the problem is identified and a permanent fix in place.


Infrastructure Audit - An infrastructure audit is a service designed to help improve IT infrastructure by checking on its current status and how things can be improved. This type of audit can show how your IT aligns with your business requirements.


Inventory Audit (IT & M&E) – An inventory audit is a procedure used to keep track of everything that is housed with a data centre or similar facility. This can be all IT equipment that is and is not being used, and is also all the mechanical and electrical equipment that housed in the building.


ISO 50001 (International Organisation for Standardisation 50001) - ISO 50001 is a voluntary standard for designing, implementing and maintaining an energy management system. ISO 50001 was developed by an ISO technical committee in 2011.


IT Asset Management (ITAM) - IT asset management is a set of business practices for optimising spending and supporting strategic decision making within the IT environment. The process typically involves gathering a detailed inventory of an organisations hardware and software and using that information to make informed IT decisions.

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