IT Orchestration Definitions

  • A

    Ansible

    Ansible is an open source IT configuration management (CM) and automation platform, provided by Red Hat.

  • Apache Mesos

    Apache Mesos is a cluster manager that isolates and shares pooled resources from across clusters with applications and frameworks. Mesos is open source and uses schedulers and executors in a master-slave architecture.

  • B

    bare-metal provisioning

    Bare-metal provisioning is the process of installing an operating system (OS) or Type 1 hypervisor directly on a computer's hardware. 

  • C

    cloud orchestration (cloud orchestrator)

    Cloud orchestration is the use of programming technology to manage the interconnections and interactions among workloads on public and private cloud infrastructure.

  • container management software

    Container management software is any of a range of products that simplify how an administrator adds or replaces software containers on IT infrastructure, and that facilitate the organization of large numbers of containers.

  • continuous deployment

    Continuous deployment is a process that shortens the time between software testing and release by automatically pushing out software updates that pass the automated testing phase.

  • D

    dependency hell

    Dependency hell occurs when a software application cannot access the additional programming it depends upon to function.

  • distributed applications (distributed apps)

    Distributed applications (distributed apps) are applications or software that runs on multiple computers within a network at the same time and can be stored on servers or with cloud computing.

  • Docker Engine

    Docker Engine is the underlying client-server technology that builds and runs containers using Docker's components and services.

  • H

    HashiCorp Atlas

    HashiCorp Atlas is a suite of open source, modular DevOps (development/operations) infrastructure products. Atlas products can be implemented separately, together, or alongside other technologies.

  • I

    Infrastructure as Code (IAC)

    Infrastructure as Code (IAC) is a type of IT infrastructure that operations teams can automatically manage and provision through code, rather than using a manual process.

  • IT automation

    IT automation is the use of instructions to create a repeated process that replaces an IT professional's manual work in data centers and cloud deployments.

  • IT systems management

    Systems management is the administration of the information technology systems in an enterprise data center. An effective systems management plan facilitates the delivery of IT as a service (ITaaS) and allows the organization's employees to respond to changing business requirements in an agile manner.

  • K

    Kubernetes volume

    A Kubernetes volume is a directory that contains data accessible to containers in a given Pod in the orchestration and scheduling platform.

  • M

    MIS (management information systems)

    MIS, or management information systems, is the software and hardware to support critical business applications. MIS also refers to the staff who select and manage these systems.

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