A-Z Cloud glossary terms of commonly used words and phrases that puts everyone on the same page.
At Macquarie Cloud Services, we’re big believers in making everyone technologically literate while remaining enthusiastically human. Here’s an A-Z Cloud glossary terms of commonly used words and phrases, with easy-to-understand definitions for each one.
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Australia Colocation is an Australian data centre facility in which business can rent space for equipment, servers, and other computing hardware. Colocation providers will provide fitted racks, cooling, power, cages, cables, bandwidth and security for the customer’s servers and storage. Colocation allows businesses and organisations to benefit from economies of scale that would not be available to them with an in-house option.Australian Cloud Hosting
Australian Cloud hosting services provide hosting on virtual servers which pull their resource from networks and physical servers. It is available as a service and users can use the service as much as they need, depending on the business demands. Cloud hosting can manage high loads without difficulty and bandwidth issues since another cloud server can provide additional resources.Australian Data Centres
Australian Data Centre is a facility composed of networks, computers, and storage that businesses or organisation use to manage, store, and disseminates a large amount of data. Data centres are equipped with servers, storage systems, networking switches, routers, firewalls, cabling and physical racks – along with backup generators, and centre cooling systems. A business relies heavily on applications, services, and data contained within a data center, making it important and critical asset for daily operations.Australian Virtual Data Centres
A virtual data centre is a collection of resources provided over the cloud specifically designed for business needs. It is a virtual representation of a physical data centre located in a virtual environment hosted in one or actual data centres across Australia. It can provide on-demand computing, storage, networking, and applications – which can integrate into an existing infrastructure. Virtual data centre allows organisations the option of adding capacity or installing new infrastructure without the need to buy or install new hardware.
Provides hosting for applications or websites on virtual servers, which gets their computing resource from networks of physical web servers. It is available as a service rather than a product. Cloud hosting providers will manage the setup, infrastructure, security, and maintenance – allowing clients to customise hardware and applications or scale servers online as needed.Cloud Services
Refers to services provided over the Internet and made available to users on demand. It covers a wide range of resources that enable users to deploy various types of cloud services. Cloud services include migration, deployment, customization, private and public cloud integration (hybrid cloud) and managed hosting. These services can scale to meet the requirements of its users and enable them to focus on their core businesses instead of allocating own resources.Colocation Australia
Macquarie Cloud Services built a state-of-the-art data centres in Australia that provide a colocation with scalability, flexibility, security, and reliability - backed with Australia’s best service support. Their data centres are designed with fitted racks, fitted power, fitted cables, and fitted cages – to match their customer’s needs.Colocation Data Centers Australia
Macquarie Cloud Services has 3 highly certified data centres (Intellicentres) located in Australia, trusted by the Federal Government with 100% service level guarantee. Intellicentre 1 was their first data centre located in Sydney. Intellicentre 2 is the most certified data centre in Australia and the first to achieve up-time institute tier III certification. Intellicentre 4 was built and designed to support Federal Government’s gateway consolidation program.Colocation Servers Australia
Macquarie Cloud Services offers colocation servers in Australia. Businesses and organisations can source and manage their infrastructure without the hassle of managing the actual facility. They provide certified and compliant data centres with flexible space to cater for high-scale and high-performance computing needs.Colo provider
Colo providers allow business and organisations rent space for servers and other computing hardware. They provide the space, cooling, power, bandwidth and physical security - taking out the hassle of the client without worrying about managing the actual facility.Colocation
A data centre facility located in Australia where equipment, servers, and space, are available for rental to organisations and businesses. Colocation provides fitted racks, cooling, power, cages, cables, bandwidth and security for the customer’s servers and storage. Colocation allows businesses and organisations to benefit from economies of scale that would not be available to them with an in-house option.
Data Center is a centre facility containing a large group of networked computer servers used by the Government and organisations for remote storage, processing, or distribution of data. Data centres consist of a well-constructed facility that houses servers, storage devices, cables, and a connection to the Internet.Data Centre Migration
The process of moving an existing data centre environment to another data centre environment. It also refers to moving to a cloud or managed data centre platforms instead of in-house facilities. Relocating data centres need to be planned carefully to ensure proper and smooth transition – these include compatibility, backup plan, risk reduction, and testing.Data Centre providers
They provides space for servers and other computing hardware that businesses and organisations use to orgranise, process, store, and disseminate large amount of data. Data centres serve as physical or virtual infrastructure for business and organisations composed of houses servers, storage devices, cables, and extensive backup power supply systems.Data Disaster Recovery
Refers to a set of policies and procedures to allow organisations maintain and resume critical business functions following a natural or human-induced disaster. Businesses with disaster recovery should continue operating as possible when equipment fails. Two important measurements in disaster recovery and downtime are Recovery Point Objective (RPO) and Recovery Time Objective (RTO). RPO is the max age of files that must be recovered from backup storage to resume after a disaster, while RTO is the max amount of time for an organisation to recover files from backup storage and resume normal operations.Dedicated Hosting
Dedicated hosting is a hosting which a server is leased to the client exclusively. A dedicated server is needed for a single client or sole purpose only, such as website that must handle a large amount of traffic a day. Contrasts to shared hosting, in which a server acts as a host to multiple clients, dedicated hosting service is flexible as the user have full control over the server – choice of hardware, bandwidth, and operating systemDedicated Server
A dedicated server is a single server in a network entirely dedicated to an individual, organisation, or application. Dedicated servers can handle high traffic volume and manage resource intensive applications. In most cases, the hosting company manage and maintain the dedicated server such as operating system updates, application updates, monitoring of server, firewall, cyber security, data backup, and disaster recovery.Disaster Recovery
Refer to process of returning an organisation or business infrastructure to a state of normality in the event of a disaster. Different type of measures can be included in the disaster recovery plan (DRP) and classified in three types: Preventive measures, Detective measures, and Corrective measures. A disaster recovery plan provides a structured approach for responding to unplanned incidents that can threaten an organisation or business’ infrastructure, networks, hardware, software, and people.Disaster Recovery Plan
Documented process of procedures to recover and protect business infrastructure in the event of a disaster. It specifies procedures an organisation is to follow in the event of a natural or man-made disaster to minimise downtime and data loss. Minimising downtime and data loss is measured in two concepts: Recovery time objective (RTO) and the Recovery point objective (RPO).
Hybrid Cloud is the combination of a public cloud provider with on-premises, private cloud platform – designed for use by a single organisation or business. Private and public cloud operate independently of each other and communicate with an encrypted connection, which allows for the portability of data and applications. A Hybrid cloud gives businesses greater flexibility and more data deployment options.
Managed colocation services for businesses that do not want to deal with the hassle of managing their servers – giving the desired level of control with the added benefit of an experienced engineers team to proactively manage their servers, backups, disaster recovery, and security processes
Refers to a model of a cloud computing where cloud services are provided over private infrastructure for the dedicated use of a single organisation or business. A private cloud provides the same basic benefits of public cloud in addition to limited hosted service while minimising the security concerns.
Software as a Service is a software licensing and delivery model in which is licensed to the client. The software or application can be accessed over the Internet – usually referred as on-demand software. It has become a common delivery model for business applications including Payroll system, Customer relationship management, and Human resources management software.Sydney Data Centre
A facility of networks, computers, and storage that manage, store, and disseminates large amounts of data. Its network is vital to businesses or organisations to the continuity of daily operations. Servers, storage systems, networking switches, routers, firewalls, cabling and physical racks – along with backup generators and centre cooling systems are the core components of a Data Centre
Cloud built fully on VMware platform, allowing users or organisations to migrate to the cloud with ease and without having to switch hypervisors. It enables them to use the same tools they already know. vCloud Director enables the user to control the environment with simple technology. Powered with NSX, virtual networks can also extend directly to the cloud via layer 2 connections – maintaining existing network domain and security.