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.

  • S

    software asset management (SAM)

    Software asset management (SAM) is the part of IT asset management that seeks to ensure compliance with license agreements and prevent overspending on software.

  • software-defined infrastructure control (SDIC)

    Software-defined infrastructure control (SDIC) is an analytics-driven approach to balancing the resources that application programs demand in virtual and cloud environments.

  • system operator (sysop)

    A sysop is the person who runs a computer server.

  • U

    Ubuntu Core

    Ubuntu Core is a transactional version of the Ubuntu Linux OS, made specifically for internet of things (IoT) devices and large container deployments.

  • unikernel

    A unikernel is a library-based operating system that only includes functionalities required by the specific application that runs on it.

  • V

    VMware vSphere Integrated Containers (VIC)

    VMware vSphere Integrated Containers allow an administrator to deploy and manage containers alongside their traditional VMs in vSphere.

  • Y

    YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language)

    YAML (YAML Ain't Markup Language) is a data-oriented language structure used as the input format for diverse software applications.

  • Z

    Zabbix

    Zabbix is an open-source tool designed to monitor networks, servers, appliances and other hardware through a Linux-based server, which communicates to the native agents that are available for many operating systems, including Linux, UNIX and Windows.

  • zero touch provisioning (ZTP)

    Zero touch provisioning (ZTP) is a switch feature that allows the devices to be provisioned and configured automatically, eliminating most of the manual labor involved with adding them to a network.

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