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  • Software Strategies Technical Glossary - This is a comprehensive list of terms, technical abbreviations and acronyms commonly used by to describe enterprise computing business and technology issues. It includes all the key terms used in Software Strategies Products - such as White Papers, Research Reports, Presentations, etc.
  • Links to other useful Third Party Glossaries of technical and business IT terms.
  • Web Site global Search Engine if you cannot find what you are looking for via our Menus.
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Other Glossaries
There are a many useful glossaries available on the Internet when you are stumped by a particularly opaque acronym. Here is a selection of some of the ones we have found most useful in the past:
  • Internet.com’s “Webopedia” contains a huge and comprehensive listing of IT technology terms and acronyms, and can be searched by specific acronym or by technical category (such as hardware, communications, mobile etc.).
  • Internet.com also have a small, dedicated “Java Boutique”, which includes directories Java source code and applets.
  • Whatis.Com also has a very large and comprehensive listing with “definitions for thousands of the most commonly used IT terms”, also searchable by acronym as well as by technical category.
  • IBM has a useful consolidated set of glossaries about its products and services.  These include the following glossaries: Computing Terms, AS/400, AIX, DB2, CICS, DCE and Tivoli, as well as links to further IBM-related glossaries.
  • Microsoft, as might be expected, sports a number of glossaries, mostly related to their own products and services.  The most useful of these is the “Commonly Used Acronyms”. Another useful one is the “Driver and Hardware glossary”. Many other, product-specific Microsoft glossaries can be found with a site search including the product name and “glossary”.

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.NET (Microsoft) New enterprise software architecture for the Internet announced in June 2000.

2200 Series

(Unisys) mainframe computer systems line, derived from Sperry Univac.
64-bit Windows (Microsoft) 64-bit version of Windows 2000 operating system for Intel IA-64 powered 64-bit computer systems. See also IA-64.
64-bit Computer word size of 64-bit, as in Intel IA-64 architecture. See also IA-64
A
A Series (Unisys) mainframe computer systems line, derived from Burroughs.
ABI Application Binary Interface – A specification that defines how executable programs (called binaries) are stored and how they interface with hardware.
ACF (IBM) Automated Cartridge Facility
ACORD (non-profit standards developer for the Insurance industry)
ACPI Advanced Configuration and Power Interface
AD (Microsoft) Active Directory, the directory services of Windows 2000.
AD Applications Development, the process of building software applications.
ADO (Microsoft) ActiveX Data Objects
ADSI Active Directory Service Interface
ADT Application Development Tool, software tools for building applications software.
AFS/DFS (types of ) Distributed File Service protocols
AIX (IBM) Unix system - Advanced Interactive eXecutive. See also RS/6000
AIX5L:A58 Latest major release of IBM’s leading UNIX operating system.
Alpha (Compaq) computer processor chip series, derived from Digital.
AMD Advanced Micro Devices
ANSI American National Standards Institute
API Application Programming Interface
APPC Application Program-to-Program Communication
AS/400 (IBM) proprietary mid range business computer system line.
ASIC Application Specific Integrated Circuit – A chip designed for a particular application. ASICs are built by connecting existing circuit building blocks in new ways.
ASO (CA) Advanced Storage Option
ASP (Microsoft) Active Server Pages
ASP Applications Service Provider/Provision.
ATL Automated Tape Library
ATM Automatic Teller Machine
ATM Asynchronous Transfer Mode – A protocol that offers a single and extremely powerful standard for voice, video, and data transfer.
Availability Measure of the per cent of time a computer system is available and working.
B
B2B Business-to-Business e-business.
B2C Business-to-Customer/Consumer e-business.
B2P Business-to-Partner e-business.
Bandwidth The data throughput a network connection, and bus, etc., can sustain, measured in Mbps or Gbps. Measures how much data can be moved in a unit of time (see also Mbps).
BASDA Business & Accounting Software Developers’ Association (standards developer)
BIOS Basic Input Output System – Key core component of a PC system.
BIS (Unisys) Business Information Server development tool (was MAPPER).
BOOTP Bootstrap Protocol
Bricks and Mortar E-business term denoting established, traditional business with physical assets, as compared with a ‘dot.com’.
C
C/S Client/Server – A distributed computing style popularised in the mid-1990s.
CA Computer Associates International
CA Continuous Availability – General term for a computer systems able to maintain effectively continuous availability. Normally taken to mean at least 99.999 per cent availability.
CAD Computer Aided Design.
CAGR Compound Annual Growth Rate.
CAL (Microsoft) Client Access Licence - term for client device software licence.
Capricorn (Unisys) Code name for CMP based ClearPath IX line successor system.
CARP (Microsoft) Cache Array Routing Protocol
CASE Computer Aided Systems/Software Engineering
CBT Computer Based Training.
CC Cache Coherence – A term describing the need and/or mechanism used in a multiprocessor system with processor cache memories to maintain coherence of what is in cache and main memory.
CD Compact Disk.
CD-RW:A107 Compact Disc-Read/Write – Popular, recent, high-capacity writeable storage media.
CDSA (Intel) Common Data Security Architecture
CEO Chief Executive Officer.
CFO Chief Financial Officer
CGI Common Gateway Interface (script specification)
CICS (IBM) Customer Information Control System
CIFS Common Internet File System
CIM (Unisys) Complex Information Manager
CIM Common Information Model (schema)
CIO Chief Information Officer – Enterprise executive responsible for IT.
CISC Complex Instruction Set Computer – A computer – processor architecture with an extensive instruction set, used in most proprietary system such as IBM S/390, AS/400 etc.
CLB Component Load Balancing
ClearPath IX (Unisys) line of enterprise server computers succeeding, and compatible with, 2200 Series.
ClearPath NX (Unisys) line of enterprise server computers succeeding, and compatible with, A Series.
ClearPath (Unisys) lines of enterprise server computers.
Clock Speed System clock speed, of a processor, bus, or interconnect, measured in MHz, and a coarse indicator of potential speed (see also MHz).
Cluster A group of interconnected computer systems able to operate to some degree as a single image system.
CMOS Complementary Metal Oxide Semiconductor – CMOS is a widely used type of semiconductor for computer processors, usually cheaper than bipolar chips.
CMP (Unisys) Cellular MultiProcessing – A Unisys Intel-based computer architecture providing a very large (up to 32-processor) partitionable SMP-like system.
COM+ (Microsoft) Component Object Model Plus – A model for binary code which enables programmers to develop objects that can be accessed by any COM+ compliant application.
Compaq Compaq Computer Corporation, a system vendor.
COMTI Component Object Model Transaction Integrator
COPS Common Open Protocol Services
CORBA Common Object Request Broker Architecture
CORe Compaq/Oracle Reseller e-nitiative
COTS Common Off The Shelf (parts) – Good things to use when building a low cost computer system.
CPU Central Processing Unit – The brain of a computer, also known as the processor or central processor.
CRM Customer Relationship Management – Term for broad ranges of sales and marketing support applications. eCRM denotes an e-business/Internet CRM style.
CTEC (Microsoft) Certified Tech. Education Center
CTI Computer Telephony Integration
CTO Chief Technology Officer
CY Calendar Year time-period.
Cyberspace E-business term referring to the whole connected world of the Internet.
D
DB2 (IBM) Relational DBMS
DBA Data Base Administrator/Administration
DBMS DataBase Management System.
DCOM (Microsoft) Distributed Component Object Model
DDK Device Driver (Tool)Kit
DEN Directory Enabled Networks – An industry Initiative (Microsoft and Cisco Systems principal participants) to provide standards and interoperability between network systems and enterprise directories.
Denim (Novell) Directory-Enabled Net Infrastructure Model
Dfs Distributed File System
DHCP (Microsoft) Dynamic Host Configuration Protocol
DIB Dual Independent Bus – A bus architecture that is part of Intel’s Pentium Pro and subsequent microprocessors.
DirectX (Microsoft) - set of hardware access APIs
Discontinuity Dramatic change in a previously static or slowly evolving system or economy.
DISP Directory Information Shadowing Protocol
DLT Digital Linear Tape (tape format)
DMR (Stratus) Dual Mode Redundant – Server architecture design which duplicates all key components.
DNA (Microsoft Windows) Distributed interNetwork Architecture – Earlier Microsoft enterprise software architecture. Windows 2000 DNA a later derivative.
DNS Domain Naming System
DOJ (U.S.) Department of Justice
DOM Document Object Model
Dot.com Colloquial term for new Internet based business.
DRAM Dynamic Random Access Memory – A type of memory used in most personal computers for main memory.
DRDA (IBM) Distributed Relational Database Architecture
DSBM (see SBM/DSBM)
DSC Development Service Company
DSP Digital Signal Processor
DSS Decision Support System
DVD Digital Video Disk
E
e.p.s. Earnings Per Share
EAB (IBM) Enterprise Access Builder
EAE (Unisys) Enterprise Application Environment development tools (Was LINC).
ECC Error Correcting Code (Memory)
ECMA European Computer Manufacturers Association
ECRM e-business Customer Relationship Management System application software.
EDI Electronic Data Interchange
EDIFACT (United Nations Working Party) EDI/MIME protocol
EFS Encrypting File System – Secure file system in Windows 2000.
EJB Enterprise Java Beans
EMEA Europe, Middle East, and Africa geography.
EMO (Unisys) Enterprise Output Manager software for network distribution of electronic output.
Enterprise Large commercial computer of mainframe power, but built with lower cost Server Technologies
EPIC Explicitly Parallel Instruction Computing
ERP Enterprise Resource Planning applications software.
ESA Enterprise Storage Array
ESCON (tape drive interface standard)
ESS (IBM's) Enterprise Storage System
ESV Enterprise Systems Vendor
EVP Executive Vice President
F
Falcon MQ Falcon Message Queuing, independent message queuing middleware from specialist Level8, can interoperate with MSMQ and MQSeries.
FAT32 (32-bit addressing) File Allocation Table
FC Fibre Channel
FDDI Fibre Distributed Data Interface – A set of ANSI protocols for sending digital data over fibre-optic cable.
FIPs Federal Information Process Standard
FT Fault-Tolerant
FTP File Transfer Protocol
FY Financial Year for company results reporting.
G
GB GigaByte – 1,073,741,824 bytes (1024 Megabytes), a measure of disk or memory.
Gbps Gigabits per second – A measure of data transfer bandwidth.
GHz GigaHertz – 1012 CPU cycles/second. A measure of CPU clock speed.
GPS Global Positioning System
GUI Graphical User Interface
H
HA High Availability – General term for a computer system able to maintain higher (than average for its class) availability. Normally taken to mean at least 99.9 per cent availability.
HCL Hardware Compatibility Lists – Microsoft’s lists of hardware systems compatible with its software.
HD Hard (disc) Drive
Heritage IT Positive term for longer established IT systems, implying of value, used in preference to pejorative ‘legacy systems’.
HIPPA (The Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act of 1996)
HIS (Microsoft) Host Integration Server
HMP (Unisys) Heterogeneous MultiProcessing – A server architecture permitting multiple, dissimilar O/Ss to run at the same time in different partitions on the same system.
HP Hewlett-Packard, a maker of UNIX computer systems.
HR Human Resources
HRMS Human Resources Management System
HTML Hyper Text Mark-up Language
HTTP Hyper Text Transfer Protocol
HTTPS HTTP using SSL (Secure Sockets Layer)
I
I/O Input/Output (channel)
IA Itanium Architecture – The architecture of Intel’s new generation of 64-bit systems, of which Itanium is first instance. (Previously called IA-64.)
IA-32 Long established Intel architecture for its 32-bit processor families, including Pentium and Xeon processor lines.   Can address up to 4 GB.
IA-64 See above.  Can address up to 16 TB.
IAS Internet Authentication Service
ICE (Unisys) Internet Commerce Enabler, central Unisys middleware software for building and deploying e-business systems (was COOL ICE).
ICF (Unisys) Integrated Component Framework
IDC International Data Corporation - IT markets researcher.
IEEE Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers.
IIOP Internet Inter ORB Protocol
IIS (Microsoft) Internet Information Server – Microsoft’s Web server that runs on Windows NT and 2000 platforms.
IMAP4 Internet Message Access Protocol (version) 4
IMS (IBM) Information Management System
Industry Standard Term denoting business computer systems built with standard Intel Systems, Microprocessors and other COTS components, at low cost, in high volume.
Intel Intel Corporation, world’s largest microprocessor maker.
Internet Economy E-business term referring to the aggregate of business activity on the Web, and to its different characteristics.
IOE (Unisys) Integrated Operating Environment for the ClearPath IX and NX environments.
IOS Operating software for the Cisco Systems family of networking systems.
IP Internet Protocol, the increasingly dominant networking standard(s) of the Internet.
IPO Initial Public Offering
IPP Internet Printing Protocol
IPsec IP Security
IPX Internetwork Packet eXchange
IRC Internet Relay Chat
IrDA Infrared Data Association
IRMC Intel Remote Management Card
IS Information Services
ISA (Intel) Instruction Set Architecture 
ISA (Microsoft IIS) Internet Security & Acceleration Server
ISAPI (Microsoft IIS) Internet Server API
ISP Internet Service Provider.
ISS Industry Standard Systems – Software Strategies categorisation term, denoting systems based on high volume, standardised technologies, usually including Intel processors and Microsoft software.
ISSLOW Integrated  Services over Slow Links
ISV Independent Software Vendor
IT Information Technology, general term for computing, usually business.
Itanium New Intel 64-bit processor, first in a family of Itanium Architecture systems.
J
J2EE Java 2 Platform, Enterprise Edition
JAAS Java Authentication & Authorisation Services
Java A comprehensive programming language and environment for e-business and the Internet, championed by Sun Microsystems.
JCE Java Cryptography Extension
JDBC Java Data Base Connectivity
JDK Java Development Kit
JMS Java Messaging Services
JNDI Java Naming & Directory Interface
JRE (Sun Microsystems) Java Runtime Environment for its Solaris O/S.
JSP Java Server Pages
JSSL Java Secure Socket Layer
JTA Java Transaction API
JVM Java Virtual Machine, the run-time environment to execute Java programs on a platform.
K
K6 AMD PC processor
KBps KiloBits per second
L
LAN Local Area Network – A computer network that spans a relatively small area.
Latency A key property of an access path referring to the time a processor operation takes to complete a subtask (such as fetching a value from cache).
LCCM (IBM) LanClient Control Manager
LDAP Lightweight Directory Access Protocol – Open industry standard e-directory access standard, used in Active Directory.
Linux Increasingly popular UNIX based operating system, maintained by novel ‘open source’ process, whereby no one company owns the software code.
LPAR (IBM) Logical Partition (of large CPU)
LRN Learning Resource INterchange
LTO (IBM/HP/SeaGate) Linear Tape Open
M
Mainframe Traditional, large, powerful business computer system, typically fast but expensive.
MAPI (Microsoft) Mail/Messaging Applications Programming Interface
MB MegaByte (1,048,576 bytes) – A measure of disk or memory.
MBps Megabits per second – A measure of data transfer bandwidth.
McKinley (Intel) Code name for next-generation 64-bit chipset to follow Merced.
MCP (Unisys) operating system for Unisys A Series enterprise servers and mainframes.
MCS Microsoft Consulting Services
MCSC Microsoft Certified Support Centre
MCSD Microsoft Certified Solution Developers
MCSE Microsoft Certified Systems Engineers
MCTEC Microsoft Certified Technical Education Center – Microsoft approved training provider.
MDAC Microsoft Data Access Components
Me (Microsoft) Millennium edition (O/S)
MHz MegaHertz – 106 CPU cycles/second – A measure of CPU clock speed.
Microsoft World’s largest software products vendor for PCs and ‘industry standard systems’.
MIME Multipurpose Internet Mail Extensions
MIPS (IBM) Millions of Instructions per Second
Mission Critical Refers to systems whose operation is critical to the business mission of their owner.
MLAPI Multilingual API
MLOC Millions of Lines of Code
MMC Microsoft Management Console – Key systems management service in Windows 2000.
MMS Microsoft Metadirectory Services
MOC Microsoft Official Curriculum
MOF (OMG standard) Meta Object Facility
MPP Massively Parallel Processing – Computer system using a very large number of processing nodes and operating with high parallelism.
MQ Generic Message Queuing, a form of middleware model for loosely interconnecting systems view message passing.
MQSeries (IBM) popular message queuing middleware software line, market leader.
MRO Maintenance, Repair & Operations
MS AS Microsoft Advanced Server
MSAS (Microsoft) Application Services, the applications software service built into Windows 2000.
MSCE MicroSoft Certified Engineer – Software engineer having passed Microsoft certification exams.
MSCS Microsoft Cluster Service
MSDA Microsoft Direct Access program
MSDSS Microsoft Directory Synchronisation Services
MSFMU Microsoft File Migration Utility
MSMQ MicroSoft Message Queue – Key middleware service in Windows 2000 Advanced Server and above for asynchronous messaging.
MSMQ (Microsoft)Message Queue Services, the Windows 2000 message queuing software line.
MSN MicroSoft Network – The Microsoft Internet portal and consumer network service.
MSTS Microsoft Terminal Services/Server
MTS Microsoft Transaction Service – Key middleware service in Windows 2000 Advanced Server and above for transaction processing under the COM+ programming model.
MVS (IBM) Multiple Virtual System (mainframe O/S)
N
NAS Network Attached Storage
NASDAQ National Association of Securities Dealers Automatic Quotations
NCA:A379 Near Continuous Availability – General term for a computer systems able to maintain near continuous availability. Normally taken to mean at least 99.99% availability.
NCP (Novell) Connecting Points
NDS (Novell) Directory Services
NetBIOS Network Basic Input Output System
Network Effects Term denoting a market exhibiting increasing returns to scale effects.
NFS Network File System
NGWS Next Generation Windows Services
NLB Network Load Balancing – Clustering technique used for IP traffic, e.g. Web hits, in Windows 2000, and other systems.
NNTP Network News Transfer Protocol
NOS Network Operating System
NSP Network Service Provider
NSTL (independent software test laboratory)
NTFS (Windows) NT File System
NUMA (Sequent) Non-Uniform Memory Access – Computer architecture which combines several SMP building blocks into a single system, where processors may not have equally fast access to parts of the memory. Can scale to large processor counts in a single system
NUMA-Q Brand name for the IBM range of large NUMA architecture enterprise server systems, extended from IBM’s purchase of Sequent, and now available.
NYSE New Yotk Stock Exchange
O
O/S Operating System. Suite of programs which operate and control a computer system.
OAG Open Applications Group (XML Standards Body)
ODBC Open Data Base Connection, a Microsoft standard/facility for giving access to different data sources.
OEM Original Equipment Manufacturer – General term in computing and elsewhere for a manufacturer.
OLAP On-Line Analytical Processing
OLE DB Object Linking and Embedding DataBase – A Newer Microsoft standard and facility for giving programmatic access to databases.
OLE Object Linking and Embedding
OLTP On Line Transaction Processing - Widely used business-computing mode for processing transactions on-line.
OMG Object Management Group (Standards body)
Open Systems Broad term used to describe mostly UNIX systems, with connotations of ‘openness’ and interoperability through use of common standards.
ORB Object Request Broker
OS/390 (IBM) mainframe O/S - System 390
OS/400 (IBM) midrange O/S
OS2200 (Unisys) operating system for 2200 series enterprise servers and mainframes, now named ClearPath IX Integrated Operating Environment (IOE).
P
PA (Hewlett-Packard) Precision Architecture
PAE (Intel) Physical Address Extension
PC Personal Computer, single user computer built to PC standards.
PCI (Intel) Peripheral Component Interconnect – A local bus standard developed by Intel Corporation. Most modern PCs include a PCI bus in addition to a more general ISA expansion bus.
PCMCIA Personal Computer Memory Card International Association
PDA Personal Digital Assistant – small, handheld or pocket computing device, e.g. Palm Pilot.
PFA (IBM) Predictive Failure Analysis
PIM Personal Information Manager
PKI Public Key Infrastructure
POP3 Post Office Protocol (version) 3
PSS Product Support Services – Microsoft
Q
Q1-Q4 Quarter 1-Quarter 4 – Calendar of fiscal year quarter time period.
QoS Quality of Service – Term used to denote measured computing service quality.
R
R&D Research & Development, the creation and improvement of new technologies and products.
RADIUS Remote Access Dial-Up User Service
RAID Redundant Array of Independent (or Inexpensive) Disks – A category of disk drives that employ two or more drives in combination for fault tolerance and performance.
RAM Random Access Memory
RAS Reliability, Availability, and Serviceability – Three key attributes of high performance server systems.
RCn Release Candidate (number) "n"
RDBMS Relational DataBase Management System.
RDRAM (Rambus Inc.) Rambus DRAM, a type of memory. A replacement for older technologies, and able to deliver speeds up to 600 MHz. Licensed by Intel in 1997 for its motherboards.
Rip and Replace Strategy of removing all (old systems) and replacing (usually by the newest).
RISC Reduced Instruction Set Computer, a popular, older computer architecture used in many UNIX servers and workstations.
RMI (Sun) Remote Method Invocation
RPC Remote Procedure Call
RRP Recommended Retail Price.
RS/6000 (IBM) UNIX server computer and workstation line.
RSVP Resource Reservation Protocol
RTM Release To Manufacturing
S
S/390 (IBM) System/390 mainframe computer system line.
SAN See Storage Area Network, or Server Area Network or System Area Network
SAP R/3 SAP's flagship ERP product
SAP SAP AG, leading vendor of ERP and –marketplace software applications.
SBM/DSBM Subnet Bandwidth Manager/Designated Subnet Bandwidth Manager
SCI Scaleable Coherent Interconnect – Standard interface standard for interconnection of the separate SMP systems in a NUMA architecture system.
SCSI Small Computer System Interface
SDK Software Development (Tool)Kit
SDRAM Synchronous DRAM, an older type of memory that ran at higher clock speeds than prior memory types. SDRAM could run at a max of about 133 MHz, insufficient for current PC's, and has since been replaced by newer types such as RDRAM and SLDRAM.
SEC Securities and Exchange Commission
Server Area Network Describes a specific SMP systems architecture in which a switched interconnect is used instead of a shared bus.
SFA Sales Force Automation
Shared Memory An architecture in which several processors access a common, shared memory.
Shared Nothing A clustering architecture in which the processors share neither memory nor storage.
SHV (Intel) Standard High Volume Server – Standardised Intel design SMP commodity server, usually 2- or 4-way, usually using an Intel motherboard. Low cost and commonality of standards make it ubiquitous. Can be considered as a building block for more complex system architectures.
SIG Special Interest Group
SIMD Single Instruction Multiple Data.
SLA Service Level Agreement
SLDRAM SyncLink DRAM, a new type of memory being developed by the SyncLink Consortium of computer manufacturers. Competes with RDRAM, which is backed by Intel.
SMB Server Message Block (Protocol)
SME Small to Medium Enterprise
SMP Symmetric MultiProcessing – The most popular architecture for parallel multiprocessor computer systems. Widely used in all types of computer systems for 30 years. Intel SMP systems range from 2-, 4-, and 8-way (CPUs), with a few special larger designs.
SMS (Microsoft) Systems Management Server
SMTP Simple Mail Transfer Protocol
SNA Systems Network Architecture
SNIA Storage Networking Industry Association
SNMP Simple Network Management Protocol
SOAP Simple Object Access Protocol
SOHO Small Office/Home Office
SPn (Microsoft) Service Pack "n"
SP Service Provider
SPARC (Sun Microsystems) Scalable Processor ARChitecture
SPEC System Perfomance Evaluation Council
SPECInt-rate95 SPEC commercial benchmark
SPECweb99+B36 SPEC web benchmark
SPO (Unisys) Single Point Operations, software product for systems management of distributed systems from single point.
SPPS Serial Program Parallel Subsystem – A key concept in utilising cluster systems in practice. If parallel subsystem adapted to support parallel processing, front-end programs may be of normal serial type.
SPX Sequenced Packet eXchange
SQL Structured Query Language
SQL-J Structured Query Language- Java
SRAM Static Random Access Memory – A type of memory that is faster and more reliable than the more common DRAM, but more expensive.
SSL Secure Sockets Layer
SSO Single Sign On
SSPI Security Support Provider Interface
Storage Area Network High-speed network interconnecting enterprise storage subsystems and the server computers they support. TCO:
SVP Senior Vice President
System Area Network Defines a cluster of multiple SMP systems interconnected through a switched interconnect fabric.
T
TB Terabyte  1,099,511,627,776 bytes (1,024 Gigabytes)
TCO Total Cost of Ownership
TCP/IP Transmission Control Protocol/Internet Protocol – The suite of communications protocols used to connect hosts on the Internet.
TIP (IBM) Transaction Internet Protocol
TMR (Stratus) Triple Mode Redundant - Server architecture design which triplicates all key server components.
TND (CA) The Next Dimension (as in Unicenter TND)
TNG (CA) The Next Generation (as in  Unicenter TNG)
TPC Transaction Processing Council – A server performance benchmarking standards body.
TPC-C TPC’s standard ‘C’ Performance Benchmark for client/server OLTP.
tpmC (TPC) Transactions Per Minute (using benchmark) "C"
U
UCS-2 Unicode format
UDB (IBM) Universal DataBase.
UDF Uniqueness Database File
UI User Interface
UMA Uniform Memory Access – A multiprocessor computer architecture in which each processor has equal fast access to a shared memory. SMP systems are UMA.
UML (Open standard) Unified Modeling Language
UNICODE Code Page standard representing characters as integers
UNIX A family of computer operating systems built to ‘Open Systems’ standards, many variants.
UPS Un-interruptable Power Supply
UREP (Unisys) Universal REPository.
URL Uniform Resource Locator – The global address of documents and other resources on the World Wide Web.
USB Universal Serial Bus
UTF-8 Unicode format
V
VAR Value Added Reseller
VARCHAR (DBMS variable length character format)
VAT Value Added Tax (UK purchase tax)
VB Visual Basic
VBITS Visual Basic Insider’s Technical Summit
VI Architecture Virtual Interface Architecture – An Intel/Microsoft/others proposed cluster interconnect standard, defining a new messaging interface optimised for clustered nodes in systems and SANs. A low-latency, high bandwidth data transport architecture, VI is significantly increasing the performance of standards-based Intel clustered systems.
Virtual E-business term denoting the electronically connected firm and its suppliers, Enterprise Partners, channels, and customer.
VLIW Very Large Instruction Word – A newer general type of computer architecture.
VOIP Voice Over Internet Protocol
Voyage (Unisys) Code name for new CMP-based next-generation system for ClearPath IX line, due in 2001.
VP Vice President
VPN Virtual Private Network
VSAM (IBM)Virtual Storage Access Method
W
W3C World Wide Web Consortium
WAN Wide Area Network – An enterprise network spanning a region, a nation or the globe.
WAP Wireless Application Protocol – A standard for mobile phone Internet connectivity.
WBEM Web Based Enterprise Management
Whole Product Or ‘Whole Product Solution’, a term covering all the products and services, from one or several vendors required to provide a complete solution to a customer’s need.
Windows 2000 (Microsoft) new operating system released February 2000, replacing Windows NT.
Windows NT (Microsoft) Windows ‘New Technology’, a popular, low-cost server and workstation operating system, mostly for Intel-based systems.
WinHEC Windows Hardware Engineering Conference
WINS Windows Internet Naming Service
Wintel (Microsoft and Intel) from ‘Win’dows and In’tel’
WLBS Windows NT Load Balancing Service
WMI Windows Management Instrumentation
WNLB (Microsoft) Windows Network Load Balancing
X
X.500 (An ISO and ITU-based standard for Global Directory Structure)
X12 (An ANSI-approved EDI standard)
XA (Open Group) eXtended Architecture
XMI XML Metadata Interchange
XML eXtensible Markup Language- Key, open, Internet standard for self describing document exchange.
XP (Microsoft). eXPerience. Suffix for next Windows desktop OS versions.
XSL XML Style-sheet Language
XSLT Extensible Style Language Transformation
XSP “X” Service Provider – Where “X” prefix can be Internet, Application, Host, Wireless, etc.
Y
Y2K Year 2000
Z
None Available