Your Quick Guide to Tech Terms
Today’s rapidly evolving technology resources and solutions involve an equally evolving vocabulary. Keeping up with the latest terminology can be a challenge. We put together this glossary of terms to make things easier for you.
The glossary is organized alphabetically, under our three lines of business—Cloud Services, Network Solutions and Information Security—and contains definitions of the resources, services, and components we work with most frequently at Enterprise Visions.
Storing data in the cloud offers an array of benefits such as cost savings, accessibility, flexibility, scalability, security, better collaboration, and disaster recovery. Consult with our team of experts at Enterprise Visions to develop secure cloud storage services for your business.
Data Center Services
Cloud hosting is especially useful for companies requiring multiple redundancies or test/development environments. Hosted equipment can consist of a dedicated server for database storage or a cloud server for web applications. Cloud servers have several built-in redundant features. Each server resides in a node that, in turn, is stored in a storage area network (SAN). This means no downtime for the servers in cases of emergency.
Data as a Service (DaaS)
Data as a service (DaaS) is a cloud-based distribution platform ideal for customer-oriented companies. It allows the movement of data from one platform to another for sharing, updates, and collaboration. As the DaaS market continues to expand, you can depend on Enterprise Visions to recommend the best DaaS solutions and providers.
Desktop as a Service (DaaS)
The desktop as a service (DaaS) delivery platform is a cloud service in which the service provider manages any or all the back-end functions of an organization. Enterprise Visions has forged an relationship with a service provider that can virtually manage any aspect of your desktop responsibilities. The solution provides a fully managed communications network bundle, ideal for small and mid-sized businesses. Called Managed Office, it puts together business applications, information technology functions, and internet protocol (IP) network into a single simplified package that includes the following services:
- Managed network and hosted Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
- Managed customer premises equipment (CPE)
- Cloud storage
- Hosted applications
- Managed security
- Managed installation, training, and support
Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS)
In an infrastructure as a service (IaaS) environment, a company outsources equipment such as servers, hardware, or storage from the service provider who is responsible for running, maintaining, and housing the equipment. This results in significant cost-savings for the customer because there is no infrastructure to buy and manage.
Platform as a Service (PaaS)
Platform as a service (PaaS) is a category of cloud capabiliites that provides a computing platform and a solution stack as a service. Along with software as a service (SaaS) and infrastructure as a service (IaaS), it is a service model of cloud computing. PaaS offerings facilitate the deployment of applications without the cost and complexity of buying and managing the underlying hardware and software and provisioning the hosting capabilities.
Software as a Service (SaaS)
Software as a service (SaaS) is a delivery model wherein applications hosted by a service provider or vendor are made available to customers over a network like the internet. Applications can be delivered through the internet or directly to the customer’s network. This can be a better alternative to owning your own software because investing in the latter can be costly and time-consuming. SaaS frees you from the hassles of testing, licensing, management, and maintenance.
Broadband and Cable
Broadband and cable allow high-speed internet access for a lower cost in a shared environment. Whether you choose a digital subscriber line (DSL), cable, or both for your Internet connection, Enterprise Visions offers forthright advice on which services will work well for you and which carriers can meet your needs.
Originally intended for devices in close proximity, ethernet is a technology that connects devices in one local area network (LAN). Ethernet networks are now used extensively in the wide area network (WAN) as well. With voice and video fast catching up with data applications, ethernet is the answer for companies requiring more bandwidth and the flexibility to increase bandwidth in short timeframes. Enterprise Visions will help you discover how ethernet-based solutions can make your business respond more quickly, and at reduced cost.
Fiber optics are hair-thin strands of glass, plastic, or other transparent solids, arranged in bundles. They are ideal in transmitting light signals over long distances. Because fiber optics are non-flammable, lightweight, thinner than their metal counterparts, and have virtually unlimited bandwidth capacity, they are less expensive alternatives for telecommunications and computer networks. Our team at Enterprise Visions can help you determine fiber optic communications options that best suit your requirements.
Multi-Protocol Label Switching (MPLS)
If you’re looking for lower cost, scalability, and quality of service, multi-protocol label switching is a good choice. This option is widely available, virtually everywhere, and has become an industry standard. With our wide-ranging alliances with reputable providers, Enterprise Visions can help you achieve total control of your network.
Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) Trunking
Businesses with existing private branch exchange (IP-PBX) systems can improve external connectivity with a SIP-enabled trunk. Enterprise Visions has established relationships with SIP trunking service providers that can seamlessly connect your network to public switched telephone network (PSTN) lines—your gateway to the outside world.
Communication options have evolved into one unified network, where different systems are coherent with one another—both within and outside an organization. Flawless interaction among voice, video, text messaging, voicemail, and email from different devices and multiple locations is now possible for your enterprise.
Virtual Private Networks (VPN)
Virtual private networks are used to establish virtual wide are network (WAN) connections using encryption over the internet. This can be accomplished using multiple access solutions. Although they have many uses, virtual private networks are most commonly used for remote offices and redundancy. Enterprise Visions will help you decide if this type of network solution fits your requirements.
Voice-over Internet Protocol (VoIP)
Voice-over internet protocol (VoIP) refers to phone services using the internet. Because of their cost-effectiveness, flexibility, and versatility, VoIP solutions are becoming indispensable communication tools in the digitized world. VoIP has all the features of traditional systems, but also offers more options such as converting voicemails into emails, routing calls to different phones, displaying call history, providing video conferencing, integrating with business management applications, and much more.
Wide Area Network (WAN)
By its very name, a wide area network (WAN) covers a wide area of computer communities. It allows people in different places to be connected, share devices and files, and accommodate massive data. This raises the possibility of security concerns and hacking, which can be a real threat. Our team at Enterprise Visions offers expertise in ensuring your new network is securely configured, and we provide hands-on supervision and support.
An incident response is initiated when a system alert or other indicator brings attention to a potential compromise.
Integrated Firewall with Network Intrusion Detection Services (NIDS)
Both firewall and network intrusion detection services (NIDS) are delivered in a unified platform with round-the-clock management, monitoring, and response to incidents combined with firewall management.
Intrusion Detection/Threat Management Services
Undetected intrusion incidents can cost companies millions of dollars and damage their reputation. Intrusion detection services (IDS) and threat management services provide an advanced correlated view of critical information technology assets, their vulnerabilities, and the threats that are attempting to exploit these vulnerabilities. Options exist for 24/7 monitoring and reporting.
Log Management Service
Each incident is an opportunity for improving security. Your log data can provide insight into system, device, and application behavior, providing a rich data set for understanding error conditions. Options exist for your company to review your own logs or have someone do this for you. Enterprise Visions can help you choose the right service to meet your requirements.
Managed Firewall Service
Firewall needs and network and system topology are reviewed to develop and define firewall security policies. Firewall systems are configured, installed ,and managed according to your requirements. The range of platforms includes network-based firewalls as well as virtual firewalls.
Network-Based Distributed Denial of Service (DDoS) Mitigation
Network-based distributed denial of service mitigation (DDoS) provides protection from large-scale attacks that can compromise the data you and your customers rely on.
Web Security Services
Web application firewall, web anti-virus/Anti spyware and uniform resource locator (URL) filtering protect users from malicious web content and dangerous websites. These products are provided as a service, reducing the effort required to manage these important security solutions.