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Data center glossary: 12 terms you should know

You may hear data center administrators toss around some strange terms--what do they all mean? This data center glossary should help answer that question.

Last winter I wrote an enterprise storage dictionary for non-experts, and now it's time for a data center version. The following are a dozen of the less-understood terms you'll hear in the field. Post in the comments if you have suggestions for terms that should be on this list.

ASHRAE is the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers. It's a trade group, but the relevant parts are Technical Committee 1.5 (Computer Applications) and Technical Committee 9.9 (Mission Critical Facilities, Data Centers, Technology Spaces and Electronic Equipment).

Blades are modular stripped-down servers designed for space consolidation and quick maintenance. In a conventional rack, hundreds of blades can fit in the space of dozens of standard servers.

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