IT Operations Definitions

This glossary explains the meaning of key words and phrases that information technology (IT) and business professionals use when discussing IT operations and related software products. You can find additional definitions by visiting WhatIs.com or using the search box below.

  • K

    Kubernetes Operators

    A Kubernetes Operator is a method for application deployment that extends the capabilities of Kubernetes to manage more complex, stateful workloads.

  • Kubernetes Pod

    Kubernetes Pods are the smallest deployable computing units in the open source Kubernetes container scheduling and orchestration environment.

  • Kubernetes scheduler

    Kubernetes scheduler is a part of the open source Kubernetes container orchestration platform that controls performance, capacity and availability through policies and topology awareness.

  • Kubernetes volume

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

  • L

    legacy application

    A legacy application (legacy app) is a software program that is outdated or obsolete.

  • Linkerd

    Linkerd is an open-source network proxy developed by Buoyant to be installed as a service mesh. Linkerd is one of the first products to be associated with the term service mesh and supports platforms such as Docker and Kubernetes.

  • Linux Containers Project

    Linux Containers is a project created to provide a distro- and vendor-neutral environment for the development of Linux container technologies.

  • log analytics

    Log analytics is the assessment of a recorded set of information from one or more events, captured from a computer, network, application operating system (OS) or other IT ecosystem component.

  • log management

    Log management is the collective processes and policies used to administer and facilitate the generation, transmission, analysis, storage, archiving and ultimate disposal of the large volumes of log data created within an information system.

  • Loggly

    Loggly is a cloud-based enterprise log management and analytics tool. The Software as a Service product makes log data accessible and useful to more groups within an enterprise.

  • LXD (Linux container hypervisor)

    LXD is an open source container management extension for Linux Containers (LXC).

  • M

    mean time to detect (MTTD)

    Mean time to detect or discover (MTTD), also referred to as mean time to identify (MTTI), is a measure of how long problems exist in an IT deployment before the appropriate parties become aware of them.

  • MIPS (million instructions per second)

    The number of MIPS (million instructions per second) is a general measure of computing performance and, by implication, the amount of work a larger computer can do.

  • 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.

  • mission-critical application

    A mission-critical application is a software program or service that must function for the success of a business or segment of a business.

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