Tech Buzzwords: Top five systems search terms

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Managed service providers have a wealth of technologies on which to base their service offerings, but only a handful may win them the sale right now. This collection of buzzwords -- the most popular search terms on in 2007 -- suggests what a few of those hot technologies may be. We hope you gleen some useful information from the resources below and we look forward to learning about additional buzzwords you're hearing. Email us today.

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VMware is a company that provides virtualization software for x86-compatible computers. VMware Inc. is a subsidiary of EMC Corporation and has its headquarters in Palo Alto, Calif. VM, which stands for "Virtual Machine" (not the broader term virtual machine), is a widely-installed operating system for IBM-compatible computers and servers that can host other operating systems in such a way that each operating system behaves as if it were installed on a self-contained computer with its own set of programs and hardware resources.

  • Learn more about VMware products at this topic page.
  • BUZZWORD #2-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    SQL Server is a relational database management system (RDBMS) from Microsoft that's designed for the enterprise environment. SQL Server runs on T-SQL (Transact -SQL), a set of programming extensions from Sybase and Microsoft that add several features to standard SQL, including transaction control, exception and error handling, row processing, and declared variables.

  • Learn more about SQL Server at this topic page.
  • BUZZWORD #3-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    A service-oriented architecture (SOA) is the underlying structure supporting communications between services. In this context, a service is defined as a unit of work to be performed on behalf of some computing entity, such as a human user or another program. SOA defines how two computing entities, such as programs, interact in such a way as to enable one entity to perform a unit of work on behalf of another entity. Service interactions are defined using a description language. Each interaction is self-contained and loosely coupled, so that each interaction is independent of any other interaction.

  • Learn more about SOA in this tutorial.
  • BUZZWORD #4-------------------------------------------------------------------------------------

    Linux is a Unix-like operating system that was designed to provide personal computer users a free or very low-cost operating system comparable to traditional and usually more expensive Unix systems. Linux has a reputation as a very efficient and fast-performing system. Linux's kernel (the central part of the operating system) was developed by Linus Torvalds at the University of Helsinki in Finland. To complete the operating system, Torvalds and other team members made use of system components developed by members of the Free Software Foundation for the GNU Project.

  • Learn more about Linux software in this tip by contributor Ken Milberg.
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    Vista is the most recent of Microsoft's Windows desktop operating systems. Vista was released for businesses, the holders of most volume licenses, on November 30, 2006. Bill Gates hosted the worldwide launch of Windows Vista and Microsoft Office 2007 in Times Square on January 29, 2007. Vista ships in nine different versions that fall under the main categories of home edition and business edition. The most noticeable change from Windows XP to Vista is a significantly redesigned user interface called Aero, which stands for "authentic, energetic, reflective and open."

  • Learn more from our Windows Vista Reseller Guide.
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