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Glossary

Enquire here about the most important concepts of Cloud Computing:

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24/7 Phone Support

Round-the-clock support (24 hours a day/7 days a week).


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API

Programming Interface (Application Programming Interface)

An API provides standardized information from a part of a program, which can be absorbed by any number of other program parts and used for further processing. This separation enables the program parts to be developed independently, as long as the API remains unchanged.


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Cloud Hosting

Hosting via the Internet, in which the users share servers and other data center services, thus saving costs, as only the modules actually used (servers, computing power, infrastructure, etc.) have to be paid for.


Core

CPU block of a processor

A "core" can refer to completely different processor generations, particularly in service offerings and price quotations. ProfitBricks defines "core" as a real core of the latest processor generations from companies such as Intel and AMD, in other words, with the maximum productive efficiency.


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Data Center

Computer center, in-house, either in your own company or as a virtual center in the cloud, as a service from IaaS providers such as ProfitBricks.


Data Center Colocation

Server housing or server homing

Accommodation and network connection of a customer server in the data center of an Internet Service Provider (ISP). This means that, in contrast to hosting, the operating system is not made available by the provider, but that the provider only ensures the framework for operating system supply.


Data Center Designer (DCD)

The tool specially developed by ProfitBricks, which you can use to configure and manage your own virtual data center.


Dedicated Server/Dedicated Hosting

Servers/hosts assigned and directly rented to the customer/user, which usually have to be paid for over the rented period, regardless of how much is actually used.


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Firewall

Security device for network systems

A firewall monitors the data traffic that transverses it and decides whether certain data/network packages should be allowed to pass through it or not, based on defined rules. In this manner, the firewall attempts to prevent unauthorized network access.


H
High Speed Connectivity

A fast data connection.


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IaaS

Infrastructure as a Service

Use of all data center services, such as server and infrastructure, via the Internet. IaaS offerings are provided as cloud services and maintained professionally by IaaS providers. They offer a variety of possible applications, from a one-off application as required, to avoiding peak loads, idle capacities, expensive hardware acquisition, etc.


InfiniBand

A network/communication link technology based on switched-fabric topology, which offers high throughput, low latency, quality of service and failover.


Interconnectivity

Interconnection/connection of networks.


IO Performance

Input/output performance, performance of hard drives and storage solutions with regard to reading and writing speeds.


IP Routing

Transfer of data between servers in a network and via the Internet.


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Loadbalancer

Server load distribution, method for distributing the load between several separate hosts in the network.


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PaaS

Platform as a Service

Use of a computer platform via the Internet, provided by a PaaS supplier. PaaS offerings provide a runtime environment for web applications that can be deployed quickly and with a low amount of administrative effort, without the need for purchasing the underlying hardware and software.


PLSA

Professional Level System Administrator

Experienced, professional system administrators, such as those used by ProfitBricks for development and service.


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Redundance Systems

Comparable, functionally equivalent systems running in parallel

This means that a functionally equivalent or comparable system is also available, and thus ensures trouble-free and stable operation at all times.


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SaaS

Software as a Service

Use of software via the Internet, which is supplied and kept up to date by a SaaS provider as a service.


Service Engineer Team/System Engineer Team

Experienced system administrators are available in the service team.


SSH

Secure Shell

Network protocol or corresponding programs, which can be used to establish an encrypted network connection with a remote device in a secure manner.


SSL

Secure Sockets Layer

Description of predecessor of TLS (Transport Layer Security), a hybrid encryption protocol for secure data transmission in the Internet, which has been called TLS since Version 3.0.


About ProfitBricks

ProfitBricks is a globally operating company in the hosting industry that offers Infrastructure as a Service (IaaS) solutions based on cloud technology to professional users. ProfitBricks founder and industry veteran Achim Weiß assembled an international team of around 50 engineers from various specialist fields in 2010 in Berlin. Over the next two years, the IT experts together developed the next generation of hosting based on the latest cloud technologies – the virtual data center on a cost-effective rental basis.

Core Technology Choice
ProfitBricks Intel®-Cores

The new Intel® processors at ProfitBricks owe their high performance chracteristics to the Intel® Hyper-Threading Technology. Each Intel® Core is assigned a so-called hyper-thread, which enables parallelized workloads by exploiting free processor cycles. Adding Intel® processors to the CPU architectures that are available at ProfitBricks means you can now choose between Intel® cores and AMD cores for each of your virtual instances.

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